The Challenge: Wearing Skirts and Dresses... in Winter

This is a short follow-up post to "The Challenge: Wearing Skirts and Dresses for a Whole Month (or maybe a little longer?)". In the last post, I mentioned that I was afraid I'd have to stop the challenge for a few weeks when it's too cold. Now I want to tell you how I'm doing and if my assumptions have been right or wrong. 

I still wear skirts and dresses as often as I can, but I have worn pants about one day a week. With snow and temperatures around 0°C/32°F, it is not that easy to find clothes that are warm enough to feel comfortable outside. 

What do I do to keep warm?

I usually wear a parm of woolen tights and a pair of thick leggings because my skirts provide little to no warmth at all. But I might need to add some leg warmers soon because it is still not warm enough. A pair of warm boots is also essential as well as my woolen coat when I go outside. 

Is it hard to dress modest and feminine in winter?

It is definitely not as easy as in summer, at least where I live. But it wasn't as hard as I expected it to be because I need to wear my pants with tights under them as well, so I need to wear multiple layers no matter how I dress. And since I spent most of my time indoors, I can just continue wearing the clothes I like for almost the whole day. Oh, but I am looking forward to the warmer days!

I hope that I can show you another modest inspiration soon. 

Do you have any tips on how to dress modest in winter? 

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  1. Hi Ylva,
    It gets below 0F here and my sisters and I wear skirts and dresses all the time. I hand milk cows twice a day outside. We go skiing, sledding, ice skating and horseback riding in skirts/dresses.
    What I wear when it is 0 degrees for playing in the snow: cotton leggings, wool socks, long sleeve shirt, denim skirt(mid calf length, slightly flared, no slit), sweater, snow pants(under the skirt), down coat, wool scarf and hat, mittens, insulated winter boots.
    What I wear when it is 0 degrees and I am not going to be in the snow: cotton leggings, wool socks, knit cotton underskirt, knit wool underskirt, thick wool pleated skirt ankle length, shirt, sweater, long down coat, big wool scarf wrapped around my head and neck, wool gloves, winter boots.
    A long thick skirt is a much better windbreaker and insulator than most pants.
    Have you read what women wore in the old days before it was socially acceptable to wear pants? They didn't wear pants on the outside like they portray in many movies made in the last fifty years.
    You can dress femininely in the winter cold. Don't let anyone persuade you otherwise. I run across that common myth often. People are always asking "Aren't you cold in that skirt?" The truth is I am usually much warmer than the inquirer and more comfortable.
    I am happy to answer any questions.
    God bless and keep up the good work.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Elizabeth! I think I've seen you over at the Radical Feminity blog :)

      And thank you very much for the suggestions. I'm always looking for long and warm skirts and warm leggings to wear under the skirts, but I hardly ever find some in the places where I usually shop (I'm always trying to find modest, affordable and fashionable things, but it's not that easy to find things that fulfill all three criteria :D).

      It seems like the cold days are over here in Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia (yay, finally!), but I'll definitely spend more time to prepare myself for the next winter.

  2. Finally saw this. Yes, you've probably seen me comment over there. I like their blog.

    I was wondering where you live. I heard it is beautiful in that area.

    Lol. Being fashionable, at least over here, equals freezing to death in the winter. I prefer making my own fashion statements.:)

    Another "trick" I use is to layer thicker body hugging cotton knit skirts underneath. They add very little visible bulk and are very warm. I find my wool skirts at thrift stores. Very affordable that way and I love vintage fashions anyway. Wool fabric is so expensive, otherwise I would make them. I make underskirts/petticoats to my liking. Sometimes I make them for other people as well.

    You might have to resort to sewing or going online. If I come across anything that is affordable and ships to Germany I'll let you know. I'll probably send it through Google+. I like that social media platform the best, but I am also on the other major ones. Mostly because of my Etsy shop.

    It is nice to know that someone else out there is thinking outside the box.

    1. :) I read a few of the issues from their magazine, Shining Stars. Some articles are very inspiring.

      Hm, I don't think that my definition of what's fashionable is identical to the culture's definition :D It's a little more classy and vintage, I think. But I'm not that much into fashion, I just want to be able to look into the mirror and be content with what I see, and that's usually the case. :)

      I thought of learning how to sew, too. However, I don't really have the time right now to learn it properly. I would appreciate it if my university offered such classes, but unfortunately, they don't.

      Yes, that would be nice :) I only use Google+ for my blog, too and Facebook for private issues (There's also a Facebook group for the Shining Stars magazine, are you in that group, too?).

      Thank you! I just started to "think outside the box" and I am trying to figure out how I want to live out modesty, womanhood and my new-found faith. And I'm pretty much on my own :D So I really appreciate your comment.


    2. I only got one of their magazines and now it is closing so I guess I won't see anymore. I got a few friends out of it though :). I am in the Shining Stars Facebook group, my name on FB is Elizabeth Mun. I don't look at it very often though. Facebook annoys me. I am thankful for social media, as it allows us to connect with like minded people.
      It is sad that skills like that aren't offered anymore. Sewing, knitting, and cooking used to be standard curriculum in high school. Now all they offer are computer and typing classes.

      Welcome to the sisterhood of trying to live the way God wants us to. It is hard sometimes, but it has its rewards. We can encourage each other to stay on the narrow path.
      May God bless you,


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