Dressed for: Failed Coziness

Already Pretty outfit featuring Eileen Fisher cardigan, Lee jeans, Nixon Time Teller watch, Foley + Corinna Mid-City tote

Cardigan – Eileen Fisher (no longer available) – similar
Jeans – Nell Skinny Bootcut courtesy Lee Jeans
Booties – Frye Matilda (no longer available) – a few on eBaysimilar
Bag, Foley + Corinna Mid City Tote via eBay
Watch – Nixon Time Teller
Earrings – Karin Jacobson

Here’s what I’ve figured out about my personal coziness level: My legs are virtually impervious to cold. So long as I’ve got tights and boots, it can be bitterly cold out and I’m pretty much fine.* But if I want to be truly warm my arms and upper body MUST be covered. Ideally, my neck should be covered, too. This cardigan is gorgeous, quite heavy and it does, in fact, do well in the neck department, but dang those are some breezy sleeves. Even with a 3/4 sleeve tee underneath, it doesn’t quite pass muster on truly cold days. Live and learn.

Do you find that keeping certain body parts covered up helps you stay cozy? Do you do lots of scarves? Are tights just not good enough for keeping your legs warm?


*And a coat, of course, if I’m outside. I’m just talking indoor outfit elements, here.

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33 Responses to “Dressed for: Failed Coziness”

  1. Jennifer

    Totally with you on needing my upper body to be warm, while my legs can go bare all year long. Years of wearing Catholic school skirts trained me well, I suppose. I always faced a conundrum on what to wear to running races in the cold months; I could always wear shorts on the bottom, but staying warm enough up top while standing around in the cold morning hours was impossible to balance with being too hot 10 minutes into the race. Until someone popularized arm warmers, that is. Genius!

  2. K-Line

    I’m exactly the same. I can walk for an hour in leggings in minus 20 and it doesn’t affect me. But if my torso and neck are cold, it’s all over. I do need warm feet though, which is why I have “real” winter boots.

  3. shebolt

    I was looking to buy a few flattering but warm winter sweaters recently, and was dismayed at how many had 3/4 sleeves. If I’m wearing a chunky sweater, I want my arms covered!

  4. Judy

    I love your sweatercoat. And the whole thing. About cold. I really don’t get cold. Can’t wear boots, hot feet. Can’t wear tights, too constricting. But I do get the neck thing. I wear a lot of V necks. I have a mostly warm season wardrobe and I layer. But the chest gets cold sometimes. I’m so busty and overweight and short necked that scarves don’t work very well. I’m looking for some light weight ones that aren’t too bulky.

  5. Copy Czarina

    All my temperature sensitivity is in my upper body. I’m fine with tights and a skirt in the winter as long as my arms are covered; in the summer, I prefer skirts and cotton dresses, but I can wear pants or jeans without feeling too hot as long as my neck and forearms are bare.

  6. T.

    I can’t do 3/4 sleeves unless it’s 60 degrees out. In the winter, I wear long sleeves under 3/4 sleeves. This outfit would look darling with some wrist-length striped sleeves peeking out from the cardigan sleeves!

  7. SE

    Yep, yep, when it’s cold, if my arms aren’t completely covered down to the wrists, I’m cold. One time, I convinced myself my 3/4 sleeved cardigan would be fine in the office- froze all day, and like you, learned my lesson.

  8. Allison

    A fitted layer seems to keep me warmest on cold days. If Sally’s outfit were mine, I’d wear a long sleeve striped t under it with the ends of the sleeves showing. I would find those cardigan sleeves cold, too.

  9. S

    Funky knit fingerless glove/arm warmers look great with 3/4 sleeve sweaters!

    • Cecelia

      Yes, I’d add arm warmers or just a long sleeve t shirt under this for a pop of color. Better yet, a shirt with thumb holes.

  10. Erika A

    This is an adorable outfit! I love the brown with the denim. The biggest thing for me to stay warm is having my hands and head covered. I can get away with tights, even a less-thick coat if I’m wearing good gloves and a warm wool hat. Part of why I wear my hair wash-and-go is so that I can ALWAYS put on a thick warm hat if need be.

  11. Amy

    Jennifer–I completely agree about the Catholic school uniforms!

    I need to have warm, warm boots or shoes, mittens (not gloves), and a scarf. Everything else is just fashion gravy!

  12. Heather

    My hair is shorter than yours and protecting my neck is mandatory – even indoors in winter. My hair, when it is long, is a lost cause and I love my short hair but I’ve got PLENTY of scarves to help me out.

  13. sarah

    I’m just the same! I grew up figure skating and after so many years of winter mornings spent on the ice, I know that so long as my upper body is warm, I don’t really notice the cold on my legs. At some point in my 20s, I started wearing scarves and now I feel chilled if I don’t wear one from autumn-spring (though I think that when I actually have long hair I don’t need a scarf quite as often).

  14. Konstanze

    If I wear hat, scarf, wristwarmers and socks, I’m fine. I’m cold very easily. Your coat is so lovely, it’s a shame it doesn’t keep you warm properly on cold days. (Also: hi! I’ve been lurking for a while now, and I love your blog.)

  15. Pauline

    Yeah, Sally! I can’t understand why they make coats and jackets that are supposed to warm garments with 3/4 sleeves. I wear little handwarmers with those baggy wrists/cuffs.

  16. Dee

    I agree with some of the other comments that 3/4 sleeves on sweaters and/or coats really just does not make sense! (and its even worse if they are “bell shaped” like Sally’s are.) I realized a few years ago that in the winter my wrists have to be covered to be warm, and my neck and head. That is, of course, just outside. If I am indoors and I start to get chilly its usually my arms and I need to have the option to put on a long sleeved garment or just pull down sleeves I maight have pushed up. Until recently I rarely bought anything 3/4 sleeve — too hot in summer and too cool for winter. However, I was recently in AZ and the 3/4 sleeve tees I had were just right for that weather. But if they had been heavy sweaters with 3/4 sleeves that would not have worked. And tights and boots are not warm enough for me in winter outdoors….my upper legs get cold.

  17. Ashe @ Ash in Fashion

    I know you don’t wear them often, but this jean + boot combo is darling on you. I love the silhouette in general. It’s got a little bit of a 70s throwback, but is entirely modern, too.

  18. Ignorant Awareness

    I actually find that if I wear a 3/4 sleeve length topper like yours (jacket/ cardigan etc), then wearing a full-length sleeved top underneath can actually look quite chic!

    As long as the full sleeved are streamlined all the way through, it still gives the effect of slim forearms- try it with a contrasting coloured top underneath your cardigan (teal or purple), maybe? 🙂

  19. Aleksandra

    I think it has been established that humans loose 15% of body heat through the neck, so a scarf is a must on cold days for me. I could wear I light coat and if I have a scarf I am fine but without one I would get cold even on mild days.

  20. Nihongo Dame Desu

    I run very cold, so I have to keep everything warm, or I am in trouble. on cold days (close to freezing or below), if I am going to be outside, tights and jeans are nowhere hear enough. Even if leg warmers, thick socks, and winter boots, my thighs get painfully cold. I’ve found that performance leggings as a base layer help at least a little. Also, if leg warmers offer a lot of flexibility. I can leave them schrunched up around ankles until I get cold and then pull them up to mid-thigh, as long as my jeans are reasonably fitted. It’s a somewhat odd look, and I do feel a little like a ballet dancer in rehearsal, but it isn’t a horrible look and it definitely helps with the comfort factor.

  21. The Bun

    Funny, I’m totally the opposite. I love the 3/4 sleeve sweaters and jackets, because unless I’m absolutely “sick with a fever” freezing, I can’t get comfortable indoors with my wrists covered. All my shirts have to have push- or roll-up-able sleeves. But I’m stuck wearing long underwear pants until April in Minnesota. (I’ve been trying to get away without them the last few days, since it’s gotten up above freezing, but I still feel a bit chilled, even in my office.) And it pretty much has to be a special occasion for me to wear shorts or a skirt shorter than midcalf, no matter how hot it is (I prefer lightweight floaty pants, capris, or big maxi skirts even though I “shouldn’t” with my build.)

    Oddly enough, though, I hate socks, and avoid them most of the year. My feet are always cold, but it’s a circulation thing and socks don’t help – I can be bundled up in fluffy wooly socks in front of a fire and my feet might still be icy to the touch. And what’s more, my need for warm legs doesn’t apply when it comes to PJs. Hmmm….

  22. Kat

    I just wanted to say that you look especially gorgeous in this outfit. The impracticality of partial-length sleeves notwithstanding, that sweater is amazing and you are rocking it.

  23. Cecelia

    My temperature sensitivity is my feet. Must have sandals in summer and wool socks and boots in winter. And I keep a pashmina on hand pretty much all the time.

  24. Cecelia

    Oh, just thought of something else- my mother wore alot of these length sleeves in the 60’s. They were designed to show off your bracelettes. This was when women wore gloves and she wore elbow length gloves with this type of sleeve.

  25. Susan

    This is a great color for you and the simplicity of the whole outfit is very flattering on you. More like this one!

  26. Robyn

    For me it’s just limbs in general, but especially my legs. I remember being told when I was little that as long as I kept my core warm the rest of me would be, but it wasn’t until I was old enough to really examine my own fashion choices that I found out that wasn’t true for me. I will wear two layers of pants in 65-degree weather, because otherwise it doesn’t matter what else I wear–I will FREEZE if my legs aren’t warm.

    I’m also miserable if my hands are cold, even if the rest of me is fine. My appendages just don’t get a lot of blood circulated to them, I guess…

  27. Bee

    Try this:

    If you ever have occasion to snip the fingertips off a pair of cheap gloves to make fingerless gloves for close work in the cold or touchscreens, keep the fingertips.

    On one hand, put the fingerless glove. On the other, put just the fingertips snipped off the glove. The hand with the fingerless glove on will probably feel comfortably room temperature warm, but the one with just the fingertips will feel as if you have a full glove on.

    Despite the larger surface area covered by the glove, the fingertips have heaps more temperature sensing nerve endings.

    Legs and feet have far fewer than hands and arms, which is a good thing as we’re primarily a hairless, walking animal which uses hands for complex tool use.

    I love 3/4 and bell sleeved coats but I just can’t wear them in winter months. Perhaps elbow-length gloves are the answer?

  28. Amanda

    If my feet and neck aren’t warm, it’s all over for me. And my hands, too.

    Love that sweater on you. It’s a neat shape and a pretty color.