How to Dress Nicely When It's FREEZING outside

Recently, I went to the Bar Mitzvah of the son of old and dear friends. It wasn't just cold outside, it was freezing. Not to mention the snow and ice. Slippery ice. The thought of changing into a party dress made me want to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea.

What to wear? What shoes? I had some great heels that I would have loved to have worn, but, I didn't want to make my husband carry me to the car or into the venue--I shudder to think of that image.

I didn't want to wear my Bogs and then change when we got there, and I certainly didn't want to chance slipping and falling. Heels were not an option. So I took the easy way out--I wore: black pants, black boots with a thick heel, and white, long sleeve burnout raglan and a steel grey wool cropped blazer with big bell 3/4 length sleeves. I jazzed up the neutrals with a colorful coral and turquoise necklace and topped it all off with a black crepe scarf. Not the sexiest outfit in the world, but certainly Bar Mitzvah worthy and definitely warm and cozy.

Here are some tips on what to do when you want to look good and presentable, without sacrificing your body temperature:

Take the pressure off. So you're not Marilyn Monroe tonight. How about the alluring yet mysterious Greta Garbo? Diane Keaton? Besides, you'll look weird if you're not dressed to match the weather.

Accessories will save you. A chunky, colorful necklace, a unique and beautiful scarf, some dangly, intricate earrings, a fabric clutch, a flower with rhinestones in your hair. What will jazz up an outfit to make you stand out even in the cold? Choose one or two accessories to make a statement against a backdrop of neutral clothing and you're good to go!

Think Warm. Still want to ditch the pants for a skirt or dress? Think warm. Thick wool tights with a form fitting skirt and a snug turtle neck sweater or v-neck cashmere with a wide slimming belt. Pair it with some Ayala Bar earrings or necklace. Never heard of Ayala Bar? Visit us at Kismet to check out her fabulous jewelry!

So when you find yourself choosing between a good book or a night out on the town in the FREEZING cold, break out something pretty, something practical, and something warm--that'll get you out of the house! Or maybe not. Either way, you can't lose!