Cold weather is rearing its ugly head; the leaves are turning and starting to fall from the trees. It’s time to think ahead to winter and the need of a warm coat. Ski jackets have been all the rage the past ten or so winters with women ditching dresses for the warmth of pants. But with the return of the dress, the long dress coat needs to make a comeback.
It would be nice to have back the long woolen coats of my youth, and they are certain to return. Hopefully, for those of us who find wool a tad itchy, there will also be warm coats of other materials. And I am not talking about fashionable wraps suited only for runways, I am talking about coats that keep out the cold drafts and shield us from the blinding snow.
And while we are on the subject of winter wear, I would also love to be able to buy a pair of boots meant to stand up to snow and wind, to keep my toes and calves warm all the way up to my knee. But with my fat calves, that is only a dream. The last pair of so-called winter boots let the sluch in and nearly froze my toes! I thought winter boots would be water resistant, but apparently only in the frozen North.
I’ve nothing against heels on boots; they can be very helpful at times. I don’t think that a proper snowboot should have a heel higher than two inches. The heel should have a large contact area with the ground. Wearing spike heels in the snow is just asking for a fall. A really warm lining in the toe box would be greatly appreciated as the toes are vulnerable to the cold. It would also be nice to have some adjustability to the calves so that they accomodate the heftier leg.
I’m hoping that we can all manage to stay comfortably warm this winter in our long dress coats and knee high boots!