Q. I have my own engagement party to attend at the end of this month and have no idea what to wear. The theme is basically an Après Ski Party, but I really cannot wear just a turtleneck or be all bundled up. I will be switching between inside and outside and it probably will be below freezing. Any ideas for a cute, somewhat sexy, outfit without looking too much like that Pillsbury doughboy?
-Pretty Not Puffy
A. You want “Ski Bunny” with warmth. Start with a pair of boots that can translate from sitting by the fire to walking outside in chilly temps. If you have warm feet and good gloves or mittens, you can pop outside for quick moments without sacrificing your look. And instead of a coat, why not have a down vest that’s not too puffy nearby. Choose a stylish cashmere sweater, layer a knit or silk camisole underneath and wear a skinny cord pant or a skirt with tights and nubby socks to peek out the top of your knee high boots. Here are some sweater options:
left to right: BCBG Max Azria Chunky Cardigan, $118.80 (sale); Max Studio Metallic Striped Tunic and Chunky Rib Sweater, $98.99 (sale) + $218; Aqua Cashmere Car Coat Sweater, $178; Alice + Olivia Long Wrap Sweater, $149.99 (sale) – all at bloomingdales.com