Monday, January 28, 2013

REPOST: On the Street…..Garance’s Cold Weather Gear, New York

I was reading the comments about this recent image of Garance and I kept seeing “cover her ankles!!” “exposed skin, be careful!” and other likeminded comments. Although those sentiments could be true in some cases, that morning all Garance could talk about was how overheated she felt.


I think we see a picture of a person outside and imagine they will be out wandering around for hours in the dire elements. To be honest, on a cold day most of us try to spend as little time outside as possible.


The question we all end up facing each day is how do we dress for our indoor life vs our outdoor life? I’m outside for long stretches so I consider my outdoor dress more carefully than someone like Garance whose indoor comfort is the focus.


So, do you dress for the commute or the office?


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  1. Yara

    January 28, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Am I seeing things, or has a flying camera in background of the photo?

    • axeaboutme

      January 28, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      I noticed that too! weird. great shot though.


      January 28, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      haha, you are right :)

    • Gary

      January 28, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Ha ha ! That’s right ! What did this guy do with his camera ? This gives the whole picture an other tone :)

    • V

      January 28, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      Pod under arm.


      Also this is a fashion blog not Survive in Alaska.

      There are way stupider things in fashion that fly by completely unnoticed, yet bare ankles in winter seem to be borderline ridiculous.
      Yeah right.

    • asad

      January 29, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      It’s a DSLR mounted on a shoulder rig, usually used for video shoots. Keeps your arms from getting tired holding the camera out away from your body so you can see the rear screen.

  2. Jay

    January 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    The concern is not that the person is, or isn’t, feeling “overheated”, but how the elements affect the bare skin.

  3. Mona

    January 28, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I actually like the exposed ankle because matching socks on pants stuffed into shoes is not my favorite, reminds me too much of dolls.

    Also, had I had so many layers, hat and coat and what not….I would need a ventilation hole. Ankles and wrists work really well for that.

    Ever since graduating from school I have only dressed for office, for work and so I wear lightly even in winter.

  4. saffron

    January 28, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Depends what kind of winter you have … in Quebec you wear your massive Sorel boots and bring a pair of shoes for the office (taking off your boots is actually obligatory). True though, some (not your) blog shots are quite startling. Blotchy skin never looked good but you see pictures taken in February in, say, Paris and you have to do a double take on the shorts/bare legs skirt etc.

    • Meaghan

      January 28, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      Exactly – Canadians, and probably a lot of people who live in the northern US, don’t have the luxury of saying, “oh, I’m headed to the office, so I won’t bother wearing boots.” You’d get frostbite on the way in! It was -40C all last week where I live, so despite the fact that I spent as much time as possible indoors, if I was headed out it was in as many layers as I could manage to protect myself from the cold.

      But I guess that’s why you don’t see Scott wandering around Canadian cities in January – it’s not very stylish to wear two hats and a big pair of snowpants :P

      • Isabelle

        January 28, 2013 at 7:31 pm

        Oh, I beg to differ …

        Scott could use a little trip up here to show that world that warmth and style are not incompatible!

    • Maddy Marcel

      January 28, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Exactly. I used to be a dress for the office type, until I lived in Canada. Then I had to learn to do both at once … the high temp would not get above freezing, but inside it was 78F (great insulation in those buildings in Toronto). The trick is layers, layers, layers; lightweight wool; and good boots!

  5. Christina

    January 28, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    onion-style :) you can always peel off a few layers, whether that’s a sweater or jacket (or both) or a thick pair of woolen socks. personally, I prefer having on too much rather than too little, then again I’m cold like all the time..

  6. Stefano Blanca Sciacaluga

    January 28, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Exactly my biggest problem: Not knowing what to wear for the time I spend outside (which is not a lot). I always find I’m either a little uncomfortable because I’m cold or far too hot.

  7. christina

    January 28, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    for the commute definately!
    when its freezing its freezing!
    that why the invented wear many things on the outside that you could take off in the inside!

  8. topo

    January 28, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    And it still doesn’t make any sense. Why on earth would anyone wear all those layers with that heavy coat and wool beanie with BARE ANKLES?

    Ridiculous. Sorry, I still don’t respect it. And I still think it looks dumb.

    • victocactus

      January 29, 2013 at 11:42 pm

      we don’t have the same definition of dumb. she’s not wearing shorts here, her sexy ankles are in sight, big deal.

  9. Marina Soler

    January 28, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    amazing maxi coat!!! She has a lovely style!!!
    Kisses from The Impossible Love!

  10. Cecilia

    January 28, 2013 at 3:32 pm


  11. Hannah

    January 28, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I lived in Wisconsin and Minnesota for about ten years. The possibility of having to wait for a bus delayed by snow and ice meant dressing in layers to keep you warm outside. I’d keep nice shoes at work but wear winter boots for the commute. Most days, I could wear my wool coat and a hat but when it was below zero and windy, I’d wear a long down coat, a hat and a hood. I like to layer my indoor clothes anyway so adding extra layers for outdoors wasn’t a big deal. I think how we conceive of indoor/outdoor clothes has a lot to do with where we live and, like you said, how much time we spend outside.

    Great question. I’m glad you posted this photo a second time. She looks great.

  12. Simbarashe

    January 28, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    On Saturday I walked around New York for 2 hours in 20F degree weather looking for people to photographed. I was triple-layered, soft scarf under thick scarf and double-gloved. It remained a stupid idea to be walking around in those elements nevertheless. On a side note, my ankles don’t really get cold, but legs sure do, even in denim.

  13. Erin :: EAT.PRAY.MOVE Yoga Retreats

    January 28, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I loved this initial post…and her choice in outfit. I’m always having to think of the commute vs the office (or in my case, the yoga studio). Last week was surely brutal here in NYC and I couldn’t even dream of undressing before a class to change into yoga gear – so I just layered all my base layers with yoga clothes, then tried to have fun on the top layers for a bit more stylish walk to the studio!

  14. Alice

    January 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    It’s all about layers. Tops under sweater under vest under coat. I’m a student so that means in-and-out of buildings, shops and work places and I need to be able to sport 3 outfits at a time. In my bag I keep my standard gear of gloves, beanie and cashmere scarf which I can throw on anytime. C’est ca, my solution to winter dressing (btw, Garance looks great!)

  15. Multi Grooves

    January 28, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I can’t always be bothered but I usually wear underpants…I wish the peeps in HR would just leave me alone sometimes.

  16. Soulofashopper

    January 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    great coats and boots! xo, Alma

  17. Rachelle

    January 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I mostly dress for the office, I’m either in my car, apartment or office.


  18. Ginger Kay

    January 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I’d rather be a bit cold dashing in and out of a building than overheated all day indoors.

  19. Olivia

    January 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    For the office, with a few concessions to the commute. It’s been unbelievably hot in Sydney recently, but my office is always freezing cold. If I dressed for the weather, I’d end up wrapped in blankets and pashminas at work; if I dressed only for the office I would suffocate on the walk to work. It’s a fine line! (but cardigans and shin-length dresses help a bit.)

    • Emilie

      January 28, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      This is an interesting comment. It reminds me at what point I often enter a building in summer with bare legs and a light top and suddenly start freezing because the air conditioning is blasting like hell. Often I wish buildings were a little bit more adapted to the outside weather, i.e. light air conditioning during the hot summer and not so dramatic heating in winter. This way we could adjust our clothing to be somehow coherent with what’s going on outside. I don’t mean to be freezing indoors, but I do love wearing chunky knits and even shawls or scarves indoors during winter as much as I enjoy lighter items during summer. Sometimes the temperature adjustments inside buildings are just too extreme for that.

      • Julia

        January 31, 2013 at 11:11 pm

        Agreed, 100%!! During sumer, many office are so over-air conditioned that it feels like a chilly autumn day inside–but when it’s that exact temperature outside, they have the heat cranked to 75. It confuses my mind and body to be consistently freezing and overheated at the wrong times of year, it’s bad for the environment, and complicates my daily wardrobe decisions!

    • Rebecca

      January 29, 2013 at 1:02 am

      In Sydney in winter when I ride my bike to work I start with scarves, gloves, hats, even earmuffs on windy days but usually no coat. By the time I get to work I’ve taken them all off. Ten minutes later I put them all on again because of inadequate building heating. Twenty minutes later I have to walk to another building and I wish I’d worn a coat. That building has better passive heating so I strip off again. I do this all winter..In summer I just wear as little as decently possible from the moment I get up to the moment I go to bed…

  20. Judith A. Ross

    January 28, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I love this shot and the outfit and recently tried to create my own “take” on it. Re: the bare ankles, what you say, Scott, makes sense. Here at home in Concord, Mass. I’m only out in the cold for long periods when I walk the dog in the woods each morning. Definitely not a fashion shot! Long underwear, thick socks, and lots of layers are the rule.

    But even when I am going outside for short bursts here, I can’t risk the bare ankles, as much as I love the look. For me, cold almost registers as pain. But also, when you aren’t working in overheated apartment buildings it makes a big difference.

    While visiting NYC in the winter, I’ve noticed that I need several fewer layers indoors than I do here at home where we keep the thermostat low.

    So while I, too, have been a bit puzzled by the bare ankles, I think your explanation makes sense. Also? I do remember when I was younger that my then-boyfriend, now-husband used to tease me about how tough I was walking around with my winter coat open.

    I guess I’m just not the ‘hot stuff’ I used to be :-) Go Garance!

  21. Virginia L

    January 28, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Everyone can wear what he/she wants when he/she wants.
    I really don’ t understand the “fashion dictatorship”.
    After all, it’ s “only” fashion. I appreciate the “creative part” not the dictatorship one.

  22. Thread Ethic

    January 28, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    With my sister and I being pianists at Juilliard, we would die in the winter we’d enter the practice rooms and they’d be blasting the heat. You’d see musicians dressed in tank tops with hair messily pulled up in the frantic over heating. You soon realized tht layers are key in winter, because when it’s 10 degrees outside you still have to consider the commute. And yet in the summer it’s opposite. All the musicians would be bundled in their practice rooms with freezing hands because the air conditioning would be blasted. So all in all layers are key in both extreme seasons.

  23. Kinga

    January 28, 2013 at 3:56 pm

  24. Juliette Laura

    January 28, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Those are such silly comments. It was not like she was hiking the alpes, she was probably just heading to work or something. I dress for when I’m inside (I got to school on a small campus) and wear a coat and maybe a hat, scarf, or mittens.

    On a side note, the sun hitting her face looks gorgeous!

    Juliette Laura

  25. The Viewfinder | Kevin van Diest

    January 28, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Interesting repost Scott.
    I understand what you mean, in my case I usually dress more functional because when I’m out I spend lots of hours on the streets shooting for my blog. So warm clothing is necessary.

    For Garance, I totally understand her choice.

  26. Yuliya

    January 28, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Her layers are so yummy together. I love Garance’s style!

  27. Christina defalco

    January 28, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    There is no point at all in bundling up in NYC. First of all, all the buildings are grossly over heated, and I concur wholeheartedly that most of the time I wear my coolest big coat and cool boots, etc…I get inside and ROAST.

  28. catherine

    January 28, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    She is beautiful and this is wonderful photo.

    • c woodyard

      January 28, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      And I don’t care what she wears, because she’s never disappointed. At least me………

  29. andr1a

    January 28, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I was just thinking about this as I emerged from the number 1 train drenched in sweat. i am a veteran hot flash sufferer (9 years so far), so I dress for the indoors. I had on a sleeveless top under my sleeping bag coat and it was still wet on the inside. I had on one of those fur trapper hats and the heat that was emanating from my head was so hot that it was fogging up my glasses! I do wear gloves & wool socks when it’s very cold, but I am always stripping off layers wherever I am. People must look at me and think I need to be committed but I don’t care. Sometimes I suffer for “the look” but most of the time I give in for comfort. So people, don’t judge! You never know what is behind it. (although I think Garance is too young for hot flashes!)

  30. Tara

    January 28, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I live in Calgary, Alberta and I’m sure you’ll understand when I say it’s not about style once it gets to be -25C (-13F). Factor in windchill and you’d be looking at frostbite in less than two minutes on exposed skin. Even if you’re driving, you have to dress as though you’re going to be outside – accidents, delays, a break-down – whatever happens, be ready. That being said, there are some awfully sweet traditional Inuit coats made of wool and hand embroidered or what about DuohtaVuohta from Lapland? Lovely and totally out of my world but nevertheless. And then there’s always Canada Goose (real only! No knockoffs. Seriously. You don’t even want to know what can get into the feather by-product the sharks use. Erg.)

    So there you have it – be smart. Who says Sorels can’t be cute???

  31. Nomadic D.

    January 28, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I walk everywhere so I definitely dress for the great outdoors. Just have to make sure to layer well so that when you get where you’re going you can peel some of them off! But you can bet if it’s below freezing I’m not showing any ankle, that’s for sure.

  32. Monsieur Marcel

    January 28, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I dress for the commute. Even though my subway stations in both directions are literally next door, I prefer to walk during my breaks.And after work I’ll walk 20-30- 40-50 blocks to catch a train…solid quality
    footwear, wool socks and a base layer being cold temps essentials. And the outerwear must have water repellency. A hat, of course… Snow and rain today…my trusty old army jacket and a fine pair of Italian chukkas.
    In the days when I wore a suit (a long time ago), I wore galoshes on rainy, snowy days.

  33. Sevan

    January 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Living in Florida, I don’t have that dilemma.
    What is the guy in the back doing with his camera ??

  34. Andrea

    January 28, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    This resonates with me…. I live in the central coast area of California where the winter temperatures swing a good 40 degrees. In the mornings it’s in the 30s, by afternoon it’s in the 70s (I know! Aren’t we lucky?!). You have to error on the side of being freezing cold all morning or you look like an idiot in the afternoon. And layer layer layer! If I ride my bike, I dress for the commute. If I feel like wearing a dress, I drive. In the summer, I’m happy to be one of those girls doing both. :)

  35. Monty

    January 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I think the point people were trying to make about the exposed ankles and hands had to do with the fact that this was posted during an incredibly cold week in NYC–and one that was even colder in many places the readers were posting from. There is no way this outfit would have worked in Montreal last week, for instance, even if you were spending most of the time indoors. Those boots would be dangerous on the icy sidewalks (and not warm enough) and your fingers would have been frostbitten. There are ways to be stylish even in *real* cold weather climates–without exposing skin to dangerous conditions! Layers are key, as others have noted. So are scarves, gloves, hats, and warm boots, all of which can be taken off indoors.

  36. roelien

    January 28, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    the thing is, people, when invited, will give their opinion about what they see on this blog. and another thing: in the end most of these opinions are really not that interesting (sorry folks, myself included). so please just continue to show us what you like (as long as you like doing so) and we’ll relate to what we see here – or we won’t. because we live in an arctic climate. or we don’t like fur on people. or we do like ponytails on men. or…

    • Katherine

      January 30, 2013 at 7:26 am

      Spot on.

  37. Patti

    January 28, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    yes, I do the same thing all the time on the way to work…winter coat, bare ankles…even while wearing gloves & hat.

  38. Colline

    January 28, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Ahh, great question! I live in Boston and work in an environment where I need to look polishedI usually end up looking quite ridiculous on my walk to work (i.e., cropped ankle pants with thick socks to cover exposed skin and converse!). If anyone has figured out a way to keep their silk equipment blouses from getting totally crinkled after shedding all of your walking layers, I’d love to hear about it.

  39. Gina Clark

    January 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I dress for the office so I am often seen running quick errands or picking up my boys from school with exposed ankles.

  40. Chad Ellis

    January 28, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Someone from Manhattan told me that in big cities, whether it be Paris or NY, that with constant battle better the old heating units in the old building and the brutal cold that you try to dress as travel friendly as possible. I can assume that not wearing socks would be a friendly way to stay cool inside and out.

  41. nines

    January 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I just thought she was trying to show solidarity with your naked ankles thing…. Garance doesn’t look as silly as the many people who go maniacal on the neckwear thing these days, and she’s so pretty few are paying attention to her ankles on the street anyway, but this is a fairly top heavy view.

    On the layering thing… and materials. Closest to your body in the winter you want to go with silk, if the office isn’t that well heated, or thick cotton. It’s not too bulky for when you get into the warmer office, and goes a long way toward mitigating the penguin effect when you’re outside. Silk helps hold in the warmth without becoming stifling in the winter. Thick cotton tights! Thick, cozy, happy, glorious tights, or not so thick, but still cozy and happy, in brash colors or muted ones, by themselves or under your jeans.

  42. LIZPR

    January 28, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    I’m ALWAYS uncomfortable in winter. I always dressed for the commute, meaning sweat is dripping down my chest and back when travelling (subway orstreetcar) until I got to my desk and took the layers off … because otherwise, I’d freeze. When I got onto the subway, I’d take my parka off so I don’t DIE of overheating in the crowded subway, which has the heat cranked. Then I’d step out and walk outdoors, and freeze. Then enter the office building, and broil. Then get to my desk, and STRIP!


  43. katie

    January 28, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I suppose you could say I’m lucky enough to work in a school without air conditioning or heating? At least it eliminates the need to think about whether to dress for inside or outside. I will however tell you that writing on a chalk board in gloves is quite challenging!

  44. Alex

    January 28, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I am reminded of one of your posts some time ago where you discussed the idea that dressing oneself isn’t black and white, and I agreed. Despite the outdoor temperature, some people are only cold in the legs or get too hot up top; maybe they still wear gloves in warm temperatures because their hands are sensitive; and if they’re not complaining, then why should anyone else. Your blog reminds us all to stop judging or critiquing someone’s outfit based on what we think should be “improved”.

  45. sean

    January 28, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    i think, if i want to dress warm it should also look warm, fashion is also about how things look, and not only about what they feel like.
    i think Garance looks like her ankles must be freezing, and by just seeing her i have no clue about her feeling of beeing overheated.
    i want to look the way i feel!!!

  46. Marissa

    January 28, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I try to dress for both! Layering is always your best friend in the winter. So I always have on the heavy sweater for the commute in and out of work. Once I’m at the office, I take the sweater off. There are a couple different shoes I keep at my desk (pumps, flats and platforms), this helps to pull my outfit together.
    On the commute, I look like an eskimo, I need to be warm, regardless of how unfashionable it looks.

  47. Suzy

    January 28, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    :) exactly – and dressing for the office in a warmer climate is also different! In countries where there are shorter and “warmer” winters averaging in the 50Fs, there are no central heating! So you layer differently than say in the northeast US – where it’s CRUCIAL to dress so one will be able to strip off layers as needed :)

  48. Hedwig

    January 28, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I think the title was somewhat misleading to some. “Garance’s cold weather gear” makes one think it was REALLY cold, and when it’s REALLY cold you don’t go walking around in bare ankles and you don’t even think about taking your gloves off. even if it is just for a few minutes.

    all of those comments were probably from people who live in places where it’s too cold to do stuff like that. I thought about posting something about her bare ankles but didn’t, assuming it was probably just a little bit less cold in NYC than it is out here. she doesn’t look like she’s suffering from frozen bodyparts ;)

  49. carole

    January 28, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    I could not agree more…I dress for the office. It’s cold today, but I’m wearing beautiful cutout booties…with bare ankles and couldn’t be happier!!
    It all depends on where you’re going and what you’re doing and I still think that Garance looks fantastic!

  50. Isabelle

    January 28, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    I live in Montréal, and dress for both. There is no compromise: it’s -15 outside, +22 inside ! Compromising would require being uncomfortable all day – and often, look silly.

    We dress for the weather, and take winter clothes and shoes (and thick socks, if need be) as we get in. As simple as that.

    Interesting to see yet again that style is not universal. What is sexy somewhere is downright vulgar elsewhere; what is elegant here is plain boring there.

    For example, bare skin is hot in Toronto, anytime of the year. But in Montréal, bare ankles in winter would make you look like a clueless tourist … or someone who just escaped a fire ! ;-)

  51. gail

    January 28, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    living in the bay area where the weather can vary from hour to hour –
    ….i’ve learned LAYERS are the answer –
    start small and keep adding – the only way!
    and scarves and gloves and warm coat, of course!

  52. ellen

    January 28, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I think this is a very interesting discussion. I’m from Copenhagen, but currently living is the US – East Coast. If you see people in Copenhagen you will realize that its possible to dress fashionable for both commute & & office & biking. I miss this element in the states. Here it seems like you either dress for office or for the commute.

    And it also seems like people have forgotten how to dress their kids appropriately for commute – every morning I see kids coming to school without gloves, hats and jackets…even when its 25F…


  53. Alecia Stevens

    January 28, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    New York is torture that way! You must be bundled up for walking, but then…as an interior designer, I spent the day schelpping at the D&D building \with bags, and envelopes and my own shoulder bag, a COAT AND FUR HAT! It was too much! I would rather freeze outside than have to manage all that for the bulk of the time I am indoors. It made me wish I had my own personal sherpa!

  54. Colony

    January 28, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I dress for both. Where I live it is between 35 and 45 degrees in the a.m., and by lunch in Downtown Los Angeles it can hit the mid 70′s. Layers are key. There have been many a time where I’ve worn a turtleneck or a wool scarf only to have it heat up to the 80′s. You just have to live with it and hope you get it right the next day. I hope nobody is losing toes by exposing ankles…

  55. Logan

    January 28, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    What I am confused about is why everyone is concerned about her less than 2 inches of bare skin on her leg, when in the summer many people are half naked, yet they aren’t showing great concern about those people’s skin being exposed to the elements.

  56. Ness

    January 28, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    I don’t see why you can’t dress for both! I’m a knitter, so I have heavy gloves, fingerless gloves, winter cowls, spring scarves, lacy shawls, light and heavy legwarmers, and hats for all temperatures (all of which fit easily in my purse), so it’s easy to dress for outside without compromising what I have to wear to be comfortable inside.

    I survived the single digits last week in a skirt, no sweat…or chills!

  57. une chatte grise

    January 29, 2013 at 12:44 am

    I dress for both, so add me to the “layering” chorus. I do a fair amount of walking during the day, and most of the buildings I work in swing between too hot and too cold, so I layer and always carry an extra sweater in my bag (yes, I’ll wear a sweater over a sweater if necessary). My shoes, however, are always chosen for the conditions outside. I just don’t feel cool slipping on ice or shivering through the day because my feet are soaked or seriously chilled. (I will admit, though, that I generally dislike hats and usually won’t wear one unless the temp is below 15 degrees or it’s snowing hard.)

  58. jani lebaron

    January 29, 2013 at 12:56 am

    I once made the mistake of wearing my uggs to an indoor mall. I ended up walking barefoot in the middle of winter and really didn’t care what anyone thought. I was so hot wearing them indoors.

  59. Martine

    January 29, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Where I live you don’t dare ignore the outdoor no matter how little you are in it. Believe me when I say one looong city block can literally kill you. And cars can break down. So you are best off doing layers, and not leaving your socks behind. It just depends where you live, I think. To me, that would literally be impossible to have that skin exposed no matter how long I was outside. Even a rush to the car would be too much. Its 15 degrees here at the warmest, and thats without the wind, which makes a huge difference.

  60. Carelia

    January 29, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Poor Garance, if she keeps showing her ankles in the middle of winter…she is going to catch a pneumonia in no time…lol. Come on people!!! give Garance a break and admire/respect her style. If you don’t care for bare ankles, then focus in other things that you DO find interesting about this picture, perhaps her fantastic coat or the fact that she is embracing beanies this year. How about the picture composition or the floating camera in the background? there you go…plenty other things to talk about this picture.

    Besines to Garance.

  61. maria

    January 29, 2013 at 2:07 am

    I dress for both.

    My commute consists of a walk, waiting on a bus stop, then a bus ride, sometimes also a tram, then another walk. Then I go into my office, which has central air and heating and poor air quality. In the winter the temperature difference can be up to 50-60 degrees Celsius.

    So I’ve learned to dress for both in- and outside. You sort of have to.

    The key is to first dress for inside, ignoring the outside elements. Then look at the thermometer and choose based on that a coat of suitable thickness, a scarf and a hat warm enough, gloves or mittens and shoes. When it is -30 I also add ski pants on top of my outfit and take them off at the office. And a change of shoes is a must in order not to melt inside.

    Needless to say, I am looking forward to spring and less clothing :)

    P.S. And to be honest, if it is -30 and I am going to an interview, sometimes I take a cab.

  62. Mazy

    January 29, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Good outerwear and a hat will generally do it for the commute, which is exactly what she has on. Bare ankles aren’t going to kill you & thick heavy socks can become itchy and uncomfortable in a heated indoor environment.

  63. Geezi

    January 29, 2013 at 4:05 am

    Hey Scott, I stay in Mumbai where I am required to used three modes of transport to get to work – bike, train & walking. My biggest challenge is to make sure I am covered to fight the pollution but not so much that I get drenched in sweat. Trust me, it’s not easy but it’s interesting to put together outfits that are light & comfortable cottons & then use accessories like scarves that can be donned at a moment’s notice.

  64. Lindsay

    January 29, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Scott: I think the problem came from your comment, actually, calling this her “cold weather gear.“ It made us all look for flaws in the functionality.

  65. Ivy Lee

    January 29, 2013 at 6:10 am

    You’re a lucky guy. She seems so down to earth beautiful and non-pretentious. I’m a fan of her’s.

  66. Heidi

    January 29, 2013 at 6:31 am

    I’ve lived and travlled in cold climates for the last ten years and all I can say is that layering is the simplest and most effective means of keeping warm and cooling down when you need to, ie when in doors. Start with thermals and finish with a good pair of boots, which will take you far, as will a great hat or beanie. Gloves of course and you must wear a scarf!

  67. Lydia

    January 29, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Thats a good question….I think its easier to bundle up outside and then take off the layers when you’re indoors. So I guess I dress for both!

  68. Michelle Straka

    January 29, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Sometimes style trumps warmth. Since style is Garance’s job it makes sense. Nonetheless if it had been snowing she likely would have covered her ankles. Cold is like heat…when it is dry it’s tolerable, when the dampness or humidity sets in…there’s trouble. Keep in mind she’s in NYC where she can duck into a cab or storefront at any minute to warm up. Not trudging to a bus stop in the burbs in a blizzard.

    A few years ago I read an article about how climate change is affecting our style in North America. Cropped pants in stores in winter (never saw that in Canada before). Wish I could remember where I read it. Vogue maybe?

  69. Vanessa Correa

    January 29, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I live in Central Florida, where it will be 95 outside and 65 inside. I dress for the office because my commute is getting into my car in my garage at home and walking two minutes from the parking lot to the front door of the office building. I look a little overdressed when I’m coming and going, but I’d rather that than freeze all day at my desk.

  70. Wendy

    January 29, 2013 at 9:14 am

    She looks perfect!!! I love her outfit and I’m dying to put something similar!

  71. Buki of James1542

    January 29, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Scott, for me it depends on my commute. When I lived in NYC and walked most of the time, my winter wardrobe was more practical ( warmth being the first thought then style next). Now I live in the DC metro area and do more driving so I have reversed my winter wardrobe priorities to style then warmth. So now I have the luxury of dressing more for my destination rather than my commute.

    P.S- I enjoy when you ask such thought provoking questions on your blog!

    • Theresa

      January 29, 2013 at 10:34 am

      Same here–when I’m car commuting, I wear less in the way of winter gear, and just “rough it” for the few yards I have to walk from parking garage to office!

  72. Jewel

    January 29, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I definitely dress for the office but with my commute in mind. Since I travel from Baltimore to DC everyday I need to be comfortable but still functional and professional for once I reach my office. That said, I’ve adapted certain habits such as keeping interchangeable heels at my desk, and dress in layers so that I am not uncomfortable for the two hours I spend on the train each day. When I lived in Los Angeles I rarely thought about the commute at all, plus there’s really on two seasons there: warm and less warm. haha.

  73. Gaby

    January 29, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Genius!! you have to dress for both…!I love your questioning…

  74. Wintertraum

    January 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    If it is cold enough for a wool beanie it is too cold for bare ankles.

  75. jULIA

    January 29, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I live a block away from the subway and my office is actually connected to the subway station, so I normally dress for the office.
    The problem comes when I decide to go have some drinks after work, or during market weeks, when I have to go to the Javits or -even worse- to the dreaful Piers!
    I NYC, you need to get used to be either cold or hot almost everyday :( Winter is bad, but how about crazy A/C in the Summer??

  76. Lynda

    January 29, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Street style blogging has one drawback, that in winter you only get to see people’s outdoor wear and not what they wear indoors. I’m with Garance that indoor comfort is more important as that is where I spend most of my day. I’d like to see more street style blogs in winter showing indoor outfits but how is that possible? :-)

  77. Angela

    January 30, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Ha! Today where I live the temperature outside was -41 degrees celsius at 8 in the morning…and didn’t warm up much all day! Point is, if I dressed for the weather, I’d venture outside in a coat made of wall insulation material! I think she looks dressed appropriately for the weather, and by the look on her face, I think she looks happy too! You should wear what makes you happy, no matter the weather (within reason).

  78. Samii

    January 30, 2013 at 5:39 am

    I can’t bring myself to dislike anything about this.
    And she is beautiful, which always wins.


  79. Karina

    January 30, 2013 at 6:52 am

    I dress for the commute and then change in the office. I always have about 3 or 4 pairs of shoes (black ballerinas, black heels, nude ballerinas – this is a must).

  80. sunny

    January 30, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Since I’m not Garance’s mom, it didn’t occur to me to even notice any bare ankles that might be showing. :) I do notice how chic Garance always looks.

    I dress for the office since my winter commute is hopping in my warm car in my building’s garage, driving 14 minutes to the office, and then putting up with the cold and/or snow outside for the 1/2 block walk into the office. I frequently leave my coat and boots in the car as “just in case” items.

  81. Julia

    January 31, 2013 at 9:19 am

    This is such a hard task and choice to make. I always try to look good both inside as well as outside. It’s an urge to make sure I look ‘me’ all the time whether I’m working inside or go for groceries and have to walk outside for a bit. Maybe that’s a bit neurotic? But I do agree that if you’re only outside for just a small run from your office to your car and to your home.. Why all focus on how you look in your winterwear/coat.
    But anyways, I wouldn’t walk in bare ankles with cold weather like this, but maybe that’s just me not being that though.

  82. izzy

    January 31, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    All it takes is to be caught out in one unexpected event – earthquake, storm, man-made disaster – to make you decide to dress for the weather!
    That said, Garance has taken precautions and dressed slightly warmer than necessary – so she will not get the horrid flu! good call.
    However, I wish more women of fashion would dress for the weather – so that clothes manufacturers would not make us choose between not freezing vs. being stylish! Men have more options because they don’t put up with uncomfortable outfits they can’t walk in…

  83. CD

    February 3, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    That is a fantastic question (and great reminder of the magic of photography – sometimes a great way to document real life, but also a sly medium that does not always include the ‘full picture’ in one snapshot).

    Ever since I’ve worked close enough to walk to work, my style has altered noticeably (well, noticeable by me, anyway) this time of year. With temperatures often dropping anywhere between -15 and -30C during winter in this Canadian city, and the fact that my commute is about half an hour, I now find the prospect of wearing dresses and skirts really harrowing. It feels unfortunate however, because I work in marketing for the Performing Arts, and that allows more creative freedom beyond pant suits and corporate wear… But by the time January rolls around, I – and I suspect a great number of my friends and colleagues who also walk to work – feel defeated and choose to dress more for comfort. The streets are a sea of Canada Goose parkas, including my own. I hate it for it’s utilitarian, stifling look (who wants to look like everyone else? who wants to disappear under a black, boring jacket?), but I love it for the ultimate warmth it provides. The reality is that we need to protect ourselves from the elements, and no lovely wool jacket with a few layers underneath can compete with a parka meant for the hardened elements.

    That said, I also get very tired of watching other colleagues – those who keep their cars in their garages and drive into work, parking their cars underground – emerge in normal stylish glory. All to say that the name of the game is that dressing stylishly in winter simply takes time and patience. I could, for instance, leave early and change once I arrive at work. If I cared more, and wasn’t late all the time, perhaps I would do this! But there is something strange about rushing to work early, running into my colleagues in my parka and pants and boots, and then emerging from the washroom (and changing in a washroom…) in a new look – it just feels a little strange. Then changing back again at the end of a long day…

    So for now, it’s trying to find a happy medium between comfort and style – always on the hunt for an elegant, unusual sweater, great pants or jeans, lovely shoes that I change into at my desk, and, as Scott always says, a great haircut that stands out even when the rest of you can’t! Oh and maybe a pair of great brightly coloured leather gloves to break up the blandness of the parka : )

  84. Sonia

    February 7, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    both. that means only a little bit of attention for choosing a coat, boots and some accessories (scarf, hat, gloves). and this not take away the indoor comfort!

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