While the Middle East has extreme weather patterns in its own right, it’s safe to say it rarely (if ever) snows here. Yet, for those traveling to one of the Big 4 Fashion Weeks – which start tomorrow in New York City – there are a lot of weather-related preparations that must be made. With the Northeastern United States experiencing Winter Storm Jonas recently, and arctic temperatures continuing on through New York Fashion Week, it’s best to steel yourself against the inevitable misfortunes of winter’s distinctive, miserable weather. While London, Milan, and Paris promise warmer days than New York’s sub-zero temperatures, weather experts expect plenty of windy, rainy moments along the way.
Savoir Flair compiled this weather-related packing guide to make sure that you’re fully prepared for what’s to come when you visit the fashion capitals this month.
New York Fashion Week
New York Fashion Week is shaping up to be a cold one. With below-freezing temperatures predicted all week, you will need to layer up. If you want to make a fashionable splash despite the weather, aim for a really great statement coat to pull your look together.
Strategically placed layers not only keep you warm in New York’s frigid winter, but they can also improve the visual impact of your look, like this combination of a ribbed high-neck top, polka-dotted jacket, and thick scuba coat.
Embrace longer lengths during your New York Fashion Week adventure, which will help protect the entire length of your body against chilly blasts of air.
You can easily wear a skirt during a freezing-cold day if you layer it with thick tights and secure your look with mid-calf, suede boots.
For maximum warmth, simply wear a super-cozy knit turtleneck underneath a sturdy suit and top the whole look off with a long trench coat or jacket.
London Fashion Week
London is gloomy during the winter, and it rains constantly, but at least it won’t be quite as cold as New York. Prepare for the worst by packing a stylish umbrella and wellies, and make sure your outfit can withstand the cold, the rain, and the wind.
Complete your stylish, tomboy look for London Fashion Week with a baseball cap, a chic umbrella, and tennis shoes that you don’t mind getting wet.
This weather-proof look is centered on a classic trench and brogues (both staples of the British wardrobe) and topped with a must-have statement bag and adorable beanie.
Taylor Swift’s monochrome outfit is the perfect look to rock at London Fashion Week. It’s functional, comfortable, stylish, and ideal for staving off rainy weather.
Add an extra layer of warmth to your look by opting for a fur vest rather than a full fur coat.
Milan Fashion Week
Escape from the gray days of London and the winter storms of New York to fairer skies in Milan this season. The average high is predicted to be around 10 degrees, which means you can easily get away with a cozy sweater and a light layering piece as opposed to a heavy winter coat. Be on the watch for evening showers, and make sure to pack your umbrella just in case.
If you want to turn heads in Milan while staying fashionably warm, opt for a colorful (faux) fur coat, which instantly elevates even the simplest jeans-and-tee combination.
There’s never a better time to push the sartorial envelope than at Fashion Week. Try this smart ensemble, which pairs coordinated separates with a trench coat and a colorful envelope clutch.
Just because you want to stay warm doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your style quotient. Keep it simple with a cool sweater, leather skinnies, and a statement bag and you’ll be well on your way to a functional but fashionable look.
Over-the-knee boots are a perfect choice for Fashion Week because they add an extra layer of warmth to your legs. When paired with a supremely stylish coat, this look is nothing but win-win.
Paris Fashion Week
When attending Fashion Week in Paris, the fashion capital of the world, it’s important to bring out your chicest pieces. However, with cold weather and cloudy days ahead, keep in mind the importance of statement-making outerwear, like leather jackets and stylish longline coats, which look great when worn over skinny jeans, feminine dresses, and more.
This quirky look combines a feminine statement coat and “It” bag with simple sneakers, making it easy to walk in, comfortable, stylish, and weatherproof all at the same time. Genius!
If you want to make a big impression, try an all-white look like this one. Save this gorgeous, classic Parisienne ensemble for the warmer days at Paris Fashion Week (there promises to be a few).
If you want an edgier ensemble that stands up to bad weather, try a leather jacket and leather skinnies worn underneath a silk menswear blazer. You’ll feel and look cool, but you’re guaranteed not to be cold.
When Fashion Week fatigue hits at the end of the Paris Fashion Week stretch, try this chic and cozy ensemble with a pair of stylish sneakers.