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Warm up your winter with clothes that make you confident

If you’re still acclimating to the Swiss winter and if you’re anything like me, you’ve already begun to think about how you’ll survive this 2009/2010 winter. You’ve thought maybe I’ll stay in on the weekends eating [FONT='MS Shell Dlg','sans-serif']Knödelsuppe[/font], Fondue and sipping Kirsch? Perhaps dress in thick jeans, a marshmallow jacket and a double scarf when I actually do go out? Of course not! While all of those things sound nice, I’ve found a better ways to make myself happy when all is wet and gray outside.

Tip 1: Warm up your winter with clothes that make you confident

As a woman unfamiliar with winter fashion, I always dreaded buying winter clothes- I’m California. Naturally when the winter came I would end up dressing like a truck driver. In fact, at the end of my first summer in Switzerland I lashed out at my boyfriend-now husband- saying, “I hate wearing jeans every day, but I can’t wear anything else!”
When I returned to Switzerland the next winter I was better prepared to take on the elements with my sexy red knee-length winter coat, a few pair of opaque tights, boots, and leather gloves. With my new wardrobe I spent less time inside and more time outside having a blast. WOW what difference proper clothing can make.
Here are a few tips about dressing for winter in Switzerland (refer to pictures):


1. Warmth and comfort can be sexy.
Victoria Secret’s wool trench coat in herringbone is a great example of a warm, comfortable and chic piece. The neck-high buttons keep you warm from the neck down; while the belt cinches your waste and helps you maintain your feminine silhouette through the winter. And the two oversized front pockets are great storage for your gloves and train tickets!

2. Leather is in this winter and it’s never looked better.
While this waist length motorcycle coat might not get you through the winter, it’ll be perfect for those chilly days when layers aren’t so necessary. Besides it’s a great standard piece that matches well with a variety of separates.

3. Hold on to those heels, but make sure they have treaded soles.
I love my heels and they’re often the necessary final touch to my feminine winter look. I just have one tip for those unaccustomed to walking on snowy cobble stone streets, buy heels with tread. I couldn’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve almost slipped, fallen, and broken my neck walking in Zurich-especially at night when I couldn’t watch my step.

4. You’ve got to have gloves.
If you don’t have the luxury of coming from a cold country/state/region, gloves probably wouldn’t come to the top of your mind as a necessity for winter in the city. For me, gloves are crucial. Gloves keep your fingers from turning to icicles; not to mention, they’re classic.
I love leather gloves, because they’re warm and unlike cotton or wool gloves, they’re water proof!
5. Tights are terrific.
The only way I’m able to wear a dress half the time is by wearing tights. I know that tights typically remind California girl of their childhoods when they were forced to wear big puffy dresses. Those days are over and tights are now your friend. Tights are almost like a discrete pair of pants underneath your dress. Try them and love them.

So instead of wearing bulky jeans, flannel jackets, and hiking boots, do a little searching and keep yourself feeling great inside and out during the winter.
Now it’s your turn. What tips do you have that have helped you feel better during the winter?
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Old 01.09.2009, 13:36
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Now it’s your turn. What tips do you have that have helped you feel better during the winter?
I'm considering putting rollers in my body hair. This will allow me to stay extra warm without heavy clothing, and also allow me to embrace my "Inner Cro-Magnon".

Last week, our whole department (at work) got into trouble for "Inappropriate" clothing. I myself being guilty of "brightly coloured t-shirts"; but I swear I never wore a "bikini top" or "flip-flops" (these are what Australians call thongs right?)

Maybe for winter I can start wearing suits to work; tell everyone I've got a job interview in the afternoon. I used to have to be smartly dressed for work - nothing demotivates me more than having to wear a suit in a non-customer-facing role. Absolutely pointless.

Anyway, just so that I am not derailing the thread: I love a big heavy coat. I bought a nice knitted charcoal coloured one at end-of-season last year. But it's too nice to wear to work - wearing stuff to work stops it being special.

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What tips do you have that have helped you feel better during the winter?
To keep the cold off you, do what we do in Yorkshire and rub your body liberally all over with lard.
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Jagertee and plenty of it!
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Old 01.09.2009, 19:01
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To keep the cold off you, do what we do in Yorkshire and rub your body liberally all over with lard.

Hrm... I bet that would help with how incredibly dry my skin is in the winter here...

(Some of the "intense moisture" lotions feel like I've just rubbed lard all over. I want moist, not greasy! )
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Last week, our whole department (at work) got into trouble for "Inappropriate" clothing. I myself being guilty of "brightly coloured t-shirts"; but I swear I never wore a "bikini top" or "flip-flops" (these are what Australians call thongs right?)

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That's terrible! I understand that companies have destinct cultures; however, how much better do employees work when they feel great!

Anyway, don't tuck those bright clothes away, keep them for afterwork and weekends away.
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I like some of the Victoria's Secret stuff, it's cute. It's almost as cute as this, makes me chuckle..Tall black leather boots are my fav thang, too bad they are getting a little too worn It's cool you posted some fun fashion eye candy, wearing jeans gets old after a while, very true. I actually don't slip in high heels since they pierce the ice and are quite steady, the more of a needle the heel is, more steady it gets. It's the full sole that makes me slip, but I did grow up on snow.

Hmmmm...lard. Grog is the bestest winter remedy.
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This winter, I will mostly be wearing, Harris Tweed.
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I like some of the Victoria's Secret stuff, it's cute. It's almost as cute as this, makes me chuckle..
Hmmmm...lard. Grog is the bestest winter remedy.
Oh my mother had one of those !! Did you see the price ? where would 38 USD get you today ? !

Great thread SoCalCoise !! Maybe I can add something in regards to color co-ordination ? Watch you skin tone/hair in regards to the colors you choose to wear, some colors are really not sexy in winter, when you're pale.

The boots are a must, but just at or below the knee. Boots that cut horizontally across the calf give an illusion of un-necessary thickness, while a correctly cut boot lengthens and slims. Keep the toe slightly pointed. The awful rounded toe does nothing, I hope that fashion will soon be over.

As for the tights, yes yes ! opaque with boots, and slightly transparent with heels. But checkers ? mmmm only for the very slim, not a good idea otherwise, unless you want to look short legged.

But most of all: regardless of your clothes: an attitude
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Re: Warm up your winter with clothes that make you confident

wow... great thread - Thanks!!!

I have been here a while now and still cannot figure out how to dress in winter ( or even Autumn!!) Always been a sunshine beach girl - jeans, flip flops and singlets, also bright and happy hippy clothes. In Switzerland, I feel like I have no fashion sense, am too fat or short or just doing something awfully wrong to make me look that way- cuz I've seen women bigger than me carry off stuff I could never dream of wearing without being conscious!!

I am always looking at other girls so I can try to better my ways of dressing. I end up being horrified thinking to myself -
1. She must be freezing her a%* off in that little skirt/dress -no way she's warm, unless she's wearing some sort of bu!!heater contraption I'm unaware of
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2. She's asking for it - wearing heels in the winter, either face first or worse - slipping and then revealing what her skirt was sort of concealing!

Thus I end up looking like a Swiss cow - not just because of the fondue and raclette, its more the layers and hiking shoes.

If any of you ladies have any more tips or are bored and would like to have a ragdoll to dress up (without going too crazy or wild), I'm up for the experiment/adventure/educational experience.
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All depends on your shape (not size). Suggest what you have, attract the eye away from what you don't.

Slim waist, curvaceous behind: think fitted belts, long fluid pants with no pockets, side zipper, well centered at the waist, (no low slinging hip huggers)
no waist, slim legs: long bright tunics and opaque fitted tights with heels
long legs, slim ankles: heels, flats and anything goes, the world is your oyster
rounded thighs, slim ankles: heels, skirts flared or straight to the knees,
thick legs and ankles: boots in winter, long skirts, pants.. and a lovely top to attract attention upwards
Pleasantly endowed: don't hide it ! (cause after a few decades and a few kids, you'll have to) a nice décoltée, lacy why not, fitted at the waist. Nothing busy or you'll look as if you're falling forward.
Fashionably tomboy: anything goes + a push-up and accessories like scarves and chunky necklaces, you are a fashion designer's dream.

Dress to feel good about you: confidence is the ultimate attraction

no wool or tweed on curves !
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Not stylish like you snobs

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Re: Warm up your winter with clothes that make you confident

My girly circle has spent many an hour heatedly debating the over-the-knee boot look which seems to be launching this fall. Hmmm:

http://www.dorothyperkins.com/webapp...0917&langId=-1

Glad the tights look is still on though!

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The boots are a must, but just at or below the knee. Boots that cut horizontally across the calf give an illusion of un-necessary thickness, while a correctly cut boot lengthens and slims. Keep the toe slightly pointed. The awful rounded toe does nothing, I hope that fashion will soon be over.

As for the tights, yes yes ! opaque with boots, and slightly transparent with heels. But checkers ? mmmm only for the very slim, not a good idea otherwise, unless you want to look short legged.

But most of all: regardless of your clothes: an attitude
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Re: Warm up your winter with clothes that make you confident

Wow you guys all have awesome advice!

For the big and beautiful ladies I mimic, "if you got it, flaunt it!"
I feel that it's probably easier for a curvy woman to find great
clothes in Europe because everyone is so tiny. My bestfriend's favorite
store in the US is Lane Bryant. Does a store like that exist in CH?

p.s. I think this would be a great dress for a curvy girl because of the vertical line details down the front.

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I am always looking at other girls so I can try to better my ways of dressing. I end up being horrified thinking to myself -
1. She must be freezing her a%* off in that little skirt/dress -no way she's warm, unless she's wearing some sort of bu!!heater contraption I'm unaware of
or
2. She's asking for it - wearing heels in the winter, either face first or worse - slipping and then revealing what her skirt was sort of concealing!

Thus I end up looking like a Swiss cow - not just because of the fondue and raclette, its more the layers and hiking shoes.
I live on a hill and the right pair of boots with heels can make the trek easier, since the heels give you extra grip and the boot gives you ankle support. I find hiking shoes and trainers to be the worst shoes for winter with little grip on the snow. You can get nice looking waterproof snow shoes from Rieker that look like normal boots too. These will be hitting the stores soon.

My first winter here I felt cold only because I didn't have a good coat. I can wear the thinest layers under a feather filled coat and the there are many good quality ones where you don't look bigger.
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Wow you guys all have awesome advice!

For the big and beautiful ladies I mimic, "if you got it, flaunt it!"
I feel that it's probably easier for a curvy woman to find great
clothes in Europe because everyone is so tiny. My bestfriend's favorite
store in the US is Lane Bryant. Does a store like that exist in CH?

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The only shops in Switzerland which carry the size range of Lane Bryant assume you're well over 50, frumpy and rather well-off to afford their frumpy attire.
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Please.... Oh please,

Leave the skinny jeans and the leggings in the wardrobe! I'm sick to see every single girl wearing that!

1 on 3 girls wear the legging, the other wear skinny jean, and the third one wear a short skirt with boots under 30 degrees outside!!! It's boring! People need to be more original, be more personnal in your choice of clothes. It is not because it's in the trend that will fit you.

You have to look at your body shape. And be honest with yourself. When you see the real you, you can find what is best for you to wear.

What is you skin color and your eyes will tell you which season you are. And you can find what color look best on you. Not just black, brown and grey!

When you go shopping, don't go alone, don't trust the sale girl and don't go with people who will not tell you the true.

I see so many girls out there who want so much to make it right, to look good. They don't know how. I have to hold myself to not go to them and give them my business card and tell them to call me...

It's not funny. When you don't know how to look good, you don't feel good. You lose you self confident. When you feel good in your clothes, you feel pretty, you like yourself more, you smile more, you are more attractive and bring people to want to know you.

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I agree there are so many hot chicks here but I often find a lot of them...kinda mousy and not too confident. Esthetics have not been high on the priority list here, I think, in more areas than fashion. It's all Taly Weijl or New Yorker, sloppy pseudo skate/disco clothing, not much sophistication and originality. It's a shame because who else would pull off the nice knits, sleak pants, high boots, tailored stuff, than them??

I like to blend in or stick out, depends on a mood and where one is, but I too am guilty of little skirts in -5, haha, and skinnies, yo..The thing is, if one wears nice skirt, not trashy, and good quality tights, one does not get cold at all.

Good tailored coat, high quality tights (even stripes or colorful, why not, let's be boring when we get old), good leather boots and gloves. Gloves saved me, I love thin leather black gloves I bougth in Bata, going higher, almost to the elbow.

I tend to think one dresses well when one feels good about oneself. Good clothing does contribute, true, but it works the other way as well. People feel like champions and worthy of all the classy hot fashion when they work out or do a lot of some other feel-good activity...ehm...
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....and something for the men

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Oh, absolutely!
Go away, icky metros!
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