Because It’s Cold

And snowing. And raining. And hailing — so maybe you don’t know what to wear.


Charlotte and I anticipated shooting three forthcoming style stories yesterday. One was another installment of How to Make an Old X New Again and the other two are a surprise, surprise, puppy surprise.

Much to my discontent, however, what weather forecasters suggested would be a mere morning of flurries snowballed (for lack of a better term and my propensity for bad puns) into a full day of our gazing out the window, feeling like the contents of a snow globe.

At around 12PM, during a lull period, we walked to my apartment anticipating the termination of the morning’s white but of course as Murphy’s Law would have it, once I was changed, the city started to look all too much like a Dickens novel once again and that was the end of that. Defeated, dejected, with no new content to share, our glide — not walk — back to the office was met by an interesting point one Amelia Diamond made. I was dressed like the physical manifestation of at least five posts I had recently written.

And I hate to admit it because she looks and acts like a butt plug but she was totally right.

Yesterday I wrote a love letter to mid-heels and what do you know, the navy leather boots from Zara that I was wearing featured just the perfect number of accrued inches in the form of short heel. We kicked off our Saturday Slideshow installment with a tribute to sweaters and is it just me or does that chunky-ass Marc Jacobs ivory knit thing I’m wearing looks a lot like, you know, a sweater.

There was a story just last week detailing the tribulations linked to uncovering the perfect jeans and though I maintain that I have yet to find them, these are the precise rendition I mention in that story as having come close to superlative.

And you remember She Who Wears a Hat, don’t you? I practically wrote a dissertation on women who wear headgear. Or how about that Ode to Neck Scarves? I’m practicing both those trends with the aforeposted Maison Michel wide brim topper and a navy blue Isabel Marant neckerchief that makes me feel like my mother in all the right ways.

The combination of hat and scarf hearkens back to Karl Lagerfeld’s week old homage to The Old West and I’ve been endorsing ankle-length coats and minaudieres as day-time handbags for just about as long as I’ve been picking my eyebrows, which according to my deteriorating right brow leaves us (the brow, the coat, the bag, myself) at, let’s say, two and a half years of dedicated work.

So, there you have it, folks. I really, really, really never tell you to do something that I don’t want to do myself.

Just one question: do you take my suggestions? And for the love of all that is heated, how in the good name of forgoing gloves are you staying warm?

Hat by Maison Michel, coat by Dries Van Noten, sweater by Marc Jacobs, jeans by Acne, neckerchief by Isabel Marant, boots by Zara, clutch by Jimmy Chooand! Oh ma gah! It’s on sale.

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  • Natali

    U-la-la!! Perfection! Love, love, love this coat!



  • CDJ

    1. OH MY GOD. i want to wear what you’re wearing the rest of the days of winter and maybe 1/8 of the way through spring.
    2. i know i’ve said this before, but i just really appreciate that you’re a fellow brow picker
    3. is “puppy surprise” a real saying i am unaware of? it is SO on point. like: “surprise, surprise, puppy surprise, grandma asked if the haddock on the menu was actually real fish”

  • Quinn Halman

    I really like your side part. I also really like the hat, I have a similar one in black but it doesn’t cover my ears and then I get to this awkward feeling of being beyond cold and uncomfortable. But, still, I love the Carmen Sandiege-does-winter-designer-style.

  • Jessica Rose

    Perfect jeans are hard to find…I have a problem with jeans…is that always bunch around *that area…;( Does this mean I am long waisted!?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • girlinmenswear

    Such a beautiful outfit – love the hat and the oversized masculine coat. Am a fellow man repeller, well in the sense that I wear men’s clothes.

  • One of your best ensembles yet, at least it’s one of my favorites!

  • Luiza Suciu

    Loooove this!

  • Look Ma! No Gloves!

  • Ana

    Hey leandra, So these jeans are acne flex or skin?in what wash? Sorry, I just love jeans so much and acne’s in particular, i like to see how every model fits, looks etc…..

    Thank You!

    • Leandra Medine

      Hey ana! These are the flex — and I typically tuck them in at the bottom so that they appear ankle length

      • Ana

        Thank you so much! I am a much better acne customer though: i have them hemmed for certain shoes and then…. I just need another pair for different shoes/trends…

        • Ana

          oh, and i love those boots as well (i LOVE navy). They are on top of my sales list ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The Fashion Panda
  • Love this look!

    I stay warm with layers…many layers! The man-repelling style suits this time of year to a tee – lots of layers, who cares what they are, lead to warm cozy days!

  • Ruth

    As a middle age woman, I take your suggestions in part, but nonetheless, love the way you girls style things. As for ankle length coats. No. As a young woman I wore ankle length men’s coats with (just above the) knee length shorts (usually corduroy), bass weejuns (black or brown) with ankle socks or my Sporto duck boots, which, sad to say, they no longer make. On top, a chunky sweater. This was an outfit that would take me all the way through winter. Who wants to wear pants? But that was the 80’s and I was living on the cold flat prairie and in college. As for gloves: Yes. As I only wear necklaces and earrings and usually only earrings. btw. thank you for this blog, I just recently found it via an article on why style/fashion bloggers are going the way of the dinosaur. ๐Ÿ™‚ So, keep writing (all of you), as you have helped a middle age woman work through her existential style crisis.

    • Leandra Medine

      Oooooh — I’d love to see that article

  • Eryn Elizabeth

    Leandra, I love reading your posts as much as I love gawking at the photos and convincing myself that I, too can pull off your perfectly and crazily “repelling” ensembles (though this outfit is pretty tame, in comparison). Keep wearing amazing things and I’ll keep reading about it!

  • Perfect ensemble.

  • Aubrey Green

    I live in California, that’s how I’m staying warm. Below 70, okay maybe 60 is cold to me, so I would freeze to death if I lived in New York. It has actually been in the low 40’s at night here, which is honestly freezing when you don’t own the right clothing for ‘cold’ weather.

    I really love the jacket, it’s my favorite of the outfit.

  • That coat is pretty amazing & those shoes!!!!

  • Winter chic and looks warm with that long coat which is amazing.

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  • loooove this outfit! The hat is gorgeous, i really love hats, especially big hats! The jacket is super beautiful and looks perfect for winter!

    Hayley xx

  • Belรฉn

    You look like you are freezing so bad!

  • Jennie

    I live in Florida and that outfit isn’t warm enough for me! Would love to see a post on how to be cool when it’s cold. I’m talking chunky socks, leggings under jeans and layered shirts. With an Eskimo parka.

  • Coat + Hat= My entire day just been made!!!

  • Maureen Krezel French

    that certianly was some day we had yesterday….but having lived through it few miles over the Hudson, I can assure you, you were dressed perfectly unsuitable for the weather…Just bought similar boots.,,Oh, I mean my husband justboughtmeforchristmas similar boots….he locked them away till next week, or i probably would’ve been wearing them shoveling snow. love, love the big-ass coat!

  • Rosa

    Where can i get that coat???
    its amazing ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Chloe

    Love this look. That hat is gorgeous!
    xx Chloe

  • Right now you are the quintessential early ’90’s Woody Allen femme that I can’t even handle it. I love that hat!!

  • JEN

    Why don’t you put the item details on the blog anymore??? Really love the boots!

    • Leandra Medine

      Hey Jen! They’re all credited and linked in the body of the story

  • Elena G

    Of course we take some of your advice Leandra! But definitely not all of it, since I think my Man Repelling side takes over 1. when I go out with my friends, no boyfriends and 2. when it is really really cold. But admit it! It is not even that cold yet! So, a chunky sweater with some layers of tank tops, jeans, stay-ups stockings (cause I really hate tights with pants), extra warm socks and a Man Repelling pair of rain boots, the ones with the fleece socks on the inside, to fight the snow and save the rest of your shoes. But still, if you throw a beautiful long coat like the one you are wearing, and tuck your hair inside a warm scarf, fur/fake fur collar it still looks elegant and, most importantly, feels warm!

    p.s. What do you think about studded oxfords like the Saint Laurent ones? Why I am so in love with them, while my boyfriend swore that will never forgive me if I buy them? And why on earth am I still considering it? How strong is the Man Repelling Syndrome???

  • Bitty Berlinghoff

    You are so dog-damn cool!!

  • Miss J.

    I love everything and every detail about this look!

  • nay

    I’m frozen just looking at these pictures. Obsessed with that hat

  • Marc Ferraz

    I’m in love with this outfit! I love the contrast that the coat makes with the rest of items! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • duma makwin

    Jacket and hat are superb its looking gorgeous love youuuuuuuuuu

  • Defintely do take your advice even though it may be a watered down version. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And can I please have that coat you’re eating? so darn gorgeous!!