I’ve written here before about how I’m not much of a one for Summer (fair skin, hayfever, overheating etc) so it’s no surprise that me and my wardrobe are much more suited to the colder months. I actually prefer Autumn, with it’s (slightly) warmer weather and less ice but Winter will do, just fine. Like any self respecting Northerner (except Geordies who are made of iron and don’t own any coats), I have a good selection of warm winter wear, including coats, scarves, gloves, chunky jumpers, ear muffs, thermals (tops and bottoms) and fluffy socks. These all serve me very well, year in year out, but my mind is looking forward to January 2017, when we’re hoping to be heading to New York. This has opened up a whole new world of ‘winter dressing’.
When you type ‘New York Winter Dressing’ into a well know search engine, it presents these images.
They are lovely outfits and I would dearly love to be telling you how I’m tracking down these items, for my trip. Alas, No.
Just a quick glance at the average temperatures in NYC, in January, ( 1.5 C) is enough to make your eyes water, something which, incidentally, will actually happen at -4 C (average night-time temp) thus rendering the packing of mascara a complete waste of time and suitcase real-estate.
As with most outfits, I start from the shoes up so I’ve recently purchased two pairs of snow boots (one pair long and padded and the other pair shorter and furry) and had a favourite pair of black biker-esque boots re-soled with non-slip grips. We’ll be doing a huge amount of walking so comfort, warmth and some waterproofing is essential. I figured having a few options of footwear was a good idea, just incase I get blisters or achey feet. That way I can alternate. Rain will, apparently, be scarce with more chance of snow. It could get windy, especially between those awe inspiring skyscrapers but with dipping in and out of places, layers will also be key. My trusty down-filled coat will be my saviour, along with some decent socks, good padded gloves and loose enough trousers to pull on over thermal leggings.
I must state now, that I am not a hat person. I look ridiculous in all hats. I also have a head the size of a tennis ball, meaning no adult hat fits as it should and it’s damn near impossible to find a children’s hat that does not have either a cartoon character, a pom pom, or a chin strap. For this reason, I shall be relying on scarves, ear-muffs and my coat hood.
There could be a few bright sunny days so the Ray Bans have already reserved their place in my hand luggage, along with eighteen tubes of lip-balm and a packet of tissues. I will be packing one smart outfit, along with one pair of ‘going out’ shoes, but I’m afraid that the rest of my clothing will be very practical.
As much as I would love to be walking around looking like the beautiful women, above, I suspect they weren’t spending twelve hours a day, on their feet, wandering about staring at stuff and crying at the amazeness of it all. If they were, they hid it very well!