photography by Kathryn McSherry
I have never been one to dress practically for the weather. I wear dresses and skirts until the cool air turns my legs purple, my outerwear of choice is a flannel, and I avoid pants like the plague (except my mom jeans, of course). Last year’s 65 degree Christmas day was a blessing: no warm sweaters or fuzzy socks were required. This year, however, I woke up to snow flurries on my first morning back from school. It has been a while since I’ve been in snow and, let me tell you, I was not prepared. My converse sneakers don’t quite make the cut in three inches of snow, and neither does my Forever 21 leather jacket from ninth grade. Thankfully I came home to my mom’s closet which is chock full of winter weather gear, including bean boots, warm sweaters, and real winter jackets.
Instead of buying a brand new winter jacket that I’ll wear three weeks a year, I have been borrowing my mom’s old plaid coat (which she gave to my sister, so I’ve technically also been borrowing it from her). It does the trick for this short winter I have when I’m home from college, and I don’t have to buy anything — I’m reducing my consumption, reusing my mom’s jacket and recycling her old style. And those are all good things, if you ask me
Tunes: “Been A While” by Sam Feldt is another song part of my wintery / “chill” playlist. It’s catchy, perfect for morning snow flurries, and fits with the breaking of my two-year snowless winter streak.