It's winter (obviously).
In my (not at all) humble opinion, the best thing to do in the winter is stay home. There's so much to do there! There are books to be read. There is food to be eaten. There are television shows to be binged (we're currently re-watching Doctor Who). There are projects to be knit (or crocheted, or cross-stitched). There's a husband to snuggle. And there's a lot of cleaning and organizing to do, when I can find the time and energy between all that reading and eating and snuggling.
Winter is not exactly my favorite time of year. I prefer warm springs and mild summers, when I can wear cute little sundresses and short skirts and heels as often as I want and not, well, freeze. I prefer when it doesn't look like midnight at five o'clock.
But, I live in the Midwest with no intentions of leaving, so I get to continue to experience the full breadth of all four seasons, including this incredibly cold winter.
My survival tactics have changed a bit over the years. Winter Ashley used to look a lot different than she does now, and she was a lot less happy in the winters. I didn't wear a lot of bright colors. Instead. I wore a lot of leggings, T-shirts, and cardigans, which is a pretty far cry from my winter style these days.
The problem was that I've never been a huge fan of sweaters, since they tend to make me feel a bit stifled. Really, I don't like bulky long-sleeved tops in general, which is unfortunately the Merriam-Webster definition for "sweater."
Now? There are remarkably more sweaters (since I've learned to be properly picky when shopping so that I will actually wear a sweater), more tights, more boots, more knee-high socks, and more layers. There's a lot of colors. And hats.
|I love hats.|
In that case, it's important to have the perfect winter coat (or two... or twenty). If I have to cover up my outfit, it's going to be with a great - and preferably coordinating - coat. I have a slight vintage coat addiction, so I have a wide variety to choose from, but the key things to remember are comfort, warmth, and, yes style. Do you like how you look in your coat? Great! That's one step towards making winter less awful.
I need to dig out this coat. It's my favorite.
Winter weather also provides an introvert with endless excuses to stay inside and catch up on her reading.
Winter may be long, but it's not interminable. Or unsurvivable. You just have to know how. And it's different for everyone.
For me, surviving winter is about continuing to dress like myself, continuing to wear color, and not letting myself stay inside too long. It's about finding the little things that are still enjoyable, even in the bleak midwinter. It's about not letting the cold and damp stop me from my regular lifestyle.
It's also about how much I'm looking forward to going home and watching Doctor Who.