The Art of the Subzero Miniskirt


My husband and I have this thing that we do -  we are both independent spirits who are as stubborn as mules, so as one might imagine, there is the odd occasion where one of us (him) has to be wrong about something.  On the very rare occasion that one of us is actually wrong, we have taken to looking the other in the eye and saying, loudly (and usually in public), "you were right and I was wrong." This usually escalates to the other person, the "right" party, saying "Sorry, what was that? I didn't quite hear you..." and so the cycle repeats itself until the other is satisfied in his or her rightness and we can go on with our day. It's kind of a ritual, really.

I bring this up because I feel that I owe the universe a bit of ritual due diligence right now. You guys...I'm sorry, but we have to talk about leggings again. I know, I can't really believe it either. I have always been a proud member of the Tim Gunn "leggings are not pants" camp, but as you may remember, a recent surgery forced me into my first pair of leggings. It was never meant to be a permanent arrangement. I'm pretty much back to normal again; I can run and jump around again, and the plan was always to ditch the leggings once the initial postop phase was over.

And like the best-laid plans...well. You know.

While I still loathe the look of hoisery-like seamless leggings worn as pants, I have to hold up my hand and say to the Gods of Sportswear Separates and The Universe At Large, you were right and I was wrong. 

There is indeed a place for a well-appointed legging in a grown-up's wardrobe, and that place (well, one of them anyway) is underneath a miniskirt in the winter. This is a pair of those fleece-lined leggings that you can get almost anywhere, and they are so much better than a pair of tights in winter. Seriously, if you haven't tried them, you really should. For me, it means that I can actually wear a portion of my wardrobe that might stand idle a lot of the year, either when I'm visiting Wisconsin in winter (as I am right now), or...well...all the time in Scotland.

So yeah, fleece-lined leggings. Miniskirts (oh, and thrifted sweaters like this one if you want to find real sweaters made out of actual 100% pure wool and not that tatt that you find in the stores these days). Check it out. You will not be disappointed.

I was wrong.








Comments

  1. But now you are right! Love fleeced tights for my trips to NYC in the winter. Your whole look is fab and thanks for linking, xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  2. Yeah,I caved on this,too.Just a week ago and no regrets.You look fab,btw.

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  3. I love this post because you have given me a great idea. I was never very keen on the idea of leggings worn as trousers club either, but your photos have changed my mind. I have a cute winter white corduroy skirt which is above the knee (shorter than I usually wear) and last year I wore it once, with those thick textured rib cream tights. Disastrous. But now I'm thinking I could wear them with leggings and ankle boots. Result!
    My first time at your blog, having discovered it via Not Dead Yet Style.

    Gail
    www.isthismutton.com

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    1. Hi Gail, welcome! I love winter whites...you can get away with all sorts of shade mixing with white and it looks elegant! Welcome!

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  4. I think the older I've gotten, the more I realize that I don't mind being wrong! Especially when it comes to fashion ideas!
    I only started wearing leggings once I started blogging, and I can totally see the reason why everyone loves them!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. I completely agree about being wrong. I am actually happy to be wrong a lot of the time. However, with my husband, now that we have created this game, it's become a bit of a competition, lol.

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    2. Much the same as the silly "I love you more" competitions that most of the rest of us enjoy playing with our loved ones.

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  5. So I haven't actually come across these fleece leggings yet, but be sure that I'll be looking out for them the next time I hit the shops. The really look just like thick tights to me, but hey I'll take your word for it. My hubby and I have a similar "you were right" thing. Thank goodness. It's kept us married for over 35 years!
    Anna x
    www.annasislandstyle.com

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  6. I live in a climate in which I might need such tights and leggings once every ten years or so. But, the two times I lived in (very) southern Wisconsin? I seriously considered taking up needles to knit Elizabeth Zimmerman's woolen tights for adults. Seriously. Even after surgical menopause brought on extreme hot flashes.

    A real, northern winter is not for sissies.

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  7. Love that one eyebrow raised smile, Kristin. Despite living in Canada I've never worn fleece lined leggings. Must investigate this!
    P.S. Is that snow I spy on the hem of your skirt? Were you shoveling? Having a snowball fight with your husband? Or what?

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    1. More like wrestling with the camera. I'm, not one of those bloggers who styles everything perfectly and adjusts things and messes with the light....you will have already gathered that. Set up the tripod, point and shoot. That's how I roll. I think that the snow came from the five inches that were attached to the outdoor table where I set up my tripod....I think...but who knows. I was shoveling too, but not in this getup. THAT was a bit more of a "cast member from the movie Fargo" look, which I will spare you...for now.

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  8. I like this idea. I do wear miniskirt and tights, but havent tried leggings with them. Granted, I live in the South, so we don't have as many super cold days, but its a thought! Love the sweater and frye like boots with the mini. Looks cozy and cute!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  9. Fleece lined leggings/tights with a lined wool skirt, cashmere sweater and blazer worn for an office appropriate outfit and heavy duty outerwear for a 2 block walk from the parking ramp next to Lake Michigan in windy below zero Wisconsin winter weather is a lifesaver. Frostnip and frostbite are a distinct possibility.
    Our office dress code is more mid 20th century (Mad Men era) than 21st century so slacks are not an option ... not even to wear under a skirt/dress on our own time while walking into the office.
    And yes, I am looking for a new position.....

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