A Cold Weather Fashion Fantasy

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Dec. 10 2010 12:57 PM

A Cold Weather Fashion Fantasy

I pulled on my knee-length,dun-colored puffer jacket with great bitterness this morning beforestepping out into the sub-freezing morning. I was in an uncommonly utilitarian moodwhen I purchased it, thinking only of function, and not fashion. This turnedout to be a mistake, because every time I put it on, I feel like I resemble amobile sleeping bag. It’s not a cute look.

Since CyberMonday , I’ve been inundated with e-mail from my favorite fancy ladywebsites, and in my current jacket-loathing state, have taken to fantasizingabout what I would buy to keep warm if money were no object. Since I alwaysgravitate towards French designers, for the purposes of this reverie I amwearing these clothes on the streets of Paris and my nose and cheeks areever-so-slightly pink from the nippy weather.

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I would start with this $3,155 IsabelMarant shearling suede biker jacket , which would provide the svelte linesmissing with my puffer fiasco. Truly nothing beats the warm fuzz of shearlingon your tootsies, so I would also go for the shearling-lined suedeboots from APC (on sale now for an-almost-maybe reasonable $329!). Since Iwould want to break up the miles of dark suede with some color, I fancy thischunky knit beanie from Tsuyumi —also on sale, at $105—in a funky purple. Asa base, I’d throw on this $2703.1 Phillip Lim sweater dress , which has a kicky chiffon hem, and I’ddefinitely want thesefleece-lined tights from Plush , which I might actually purchase at $35.

Alas, my current coat is in perfectly fine shape, so Iresign myself to more bracing New York City mornings with my brown frump get-upand my bodega coffee on the subway. But I’ll keep having my Parisian fantasy,in which I’m donning that Marant jacket, drinking perfect espresso, and maybe evenriding a bicycle .

Jessica Grose is a frequent Slate contributor and the author of the novel Sad Desk Salad. Follow her on Twitter.