Mix and Re-Mix

Baby It’s Pretty Doggone Cold Outside

Outfit #1 - (Tri-photo collage) Black dress with gray boots
Outfit #1 – Black dress with gray boots

The one thing I like about the cold is my portable heater because I’m so budget-conscious (code for cheap) I refuse to turn up my furnace. Why, you might ask? It’s simple, the home owner’s association at the condos where I live allot a percentage towards our gas each month and depending upon individual unit’s usage, at the end of winter you either have to pay or get a refund. So for me this is like a game to see how much I can earn by using as little heat as possible – genius, I know right?

So here I sit at my computer with my trusty heater only a few feet from me as it’s a chilly 7 degrees outside with a wind chill factor of minus 5 brrrrr. To add insult to injury we had our first snow accumulation of the season yesterday and of course when I take Mollie out instead of just doing her business so that we can get out of the blustery cold, what does she do? She begins frolicking in the snow like a little kid. Dogs!! You gotta love ’em but in this kind of weather I. Was. Not. Amused!!

Having lived in Pittsburgh most of my life one would think I’d be used to nippy winters but what I’m finding out as I age, is I’m much more sensitive to the cold, not that I wasn’t sensitive to it when I was younger but you can probably catch my drift. I’ve always admired fashion enthusiasts who look fabulous even in harsh wintry conditions because this sister can’t, and never could do it!!

Outfit #2 - (Tri-photo collage) Black pants and black shoes
Outfit #2 – Black pants and black shoes

My favorite line when it’s gotten ridiculously cold is “it’s too cold to be cute” and you could find me, or maybe not because I’m so well covered, bundled up like an Eskimo. To demonstrate how serious I am about this particular topic, I’m not comfortable unless outside temps are 75 plus degrees. Anything less than this is chilly and requires outerwear.

If you recall I recently did a post, A Day at the Mall, where I shared my disdain for spending money and the focus of looking nice on a fixed income. One of the items detailed in the post, a gray microfleece sweatshirt, will be the feature subject today.

Working With What You Have

When you are on a fixed income you don’t have the luxury of being able to wear something new every day. Notice how I said “something new”? It’s easy to dress well when you have great resources however it takes some ingenuity to be able to pull off a different outfit with limited means but it can be done simply by working with what you already have. Case in point, the photos included with this article are three different looks with the same sweatshirt.

Outfit #3 - (Tri-photo collage) Gray skirt with black ankle boots
Outfit #3 – Gray skirt with black ankle boots

How Did I Do It?

  • Outfit #1 – Sweatshirt is worn over a plain black sheath dress with a black obi (sash) belt tied at the waist, black patterned tights, gray ankle boots, earrings and bracelet. In one of the photos I’m also wearing a very old faux fur vest that I refuse to part with.
  • Outfit #2 – Sweatshirt, black dress pants, black oxford heels (very old), black oblong scarf draped front to back of neck hanging down the back, long black/silver fringed pendent necklace, black stretch bracelet, silver dangling earrings.
  • Outfit #3 – Sweatshirt with black obi belt tied at the waist paired with gray skirt, black patterned tights, black ankle boots, short silver statement necklace, bracelet and earrings.

The things that made each of these outfits unique was the use different bottoms, assorted accessories and footwear. No obi or any kind of wide belt? No problem, as you can substitute an oblong scarf or even a long necklace in place of a belt. Sweatshirts are not just for jeans.

Have a wonderful day! ~Steph

Author: Steph McCoy

Hi I'm Steph, a businesswoman, style setter, blogger, and abilities crusader who breaks the myth that “blind people can’t be fashionable.” “It’s about walking boldly with confidence, transcending barriers and changing the way we perceive blindness”

45 thoughts on “Mix and Re-Mix”

    1. Thank you D! I keep telling myself I need to replenish lip colors and yet still haven’t done so. Watermelon Red – love the sound of that color. Out winter was late coming but it seems that it’s now here in full force – ugh!!

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    1. Thank you Khaya! 😀 I don’t know about the keeping warm thing, though I’ve tried, my silly dog would not use the puppy pad I put out for her so that she wouldn’t have to go outside. She’s so well house trained she refused to go potty and I eventually had to break down and take her out. Today is gonna be another dangerously cold day so we’ll see what the day brings.

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      1. Oh I hear you on cats (had 2 of them myself but when I downsized I had to give them to relatives and was left with my high maintenance princess, I mean, dog.

        Hey Khaya, how is your knee? I’ve been meaning to ask you but forgot until my brother tore his meniscus about a week ago.

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      2. High maintenance princess, love that:-). As a matter of fact, I’m a dog person too and not much into cats.

        Anyway, thank for asking. My knee is almost completely healed except that I still don’t have full range when squatting. I wish your brother a speedy recovery but he’s got to be patient, it can be frustrating to deal with an injury.

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      3. Yeah, I know and he’s a life long weight lifter but the surgeon he met with said he wanted to hold off on surgery for the time being so we’ll see what happens. I’m glad to hear that you’re on the mend it really did take quite a bit of time.

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  1. So stylish even in the cold! You make me want to get out of the standard Vancouver winter (spring and fall too) “uniform”: fleece and gore-tex. I must say, some people manage to look fashionable even in these (in a Pacific NW way). Keep warm!

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    1. Thank you Caroline!! The only reason I’m looking stylish is because I’m indoors. If I had to go outside I’d be so bundled up you wouldn’t recognize me lol. Never could tolerate the cold much and it’s gotten worse with age. You keep warm as well. 😀

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  2. I failed to note earlier you were in the Pittsburgh area. Went to Point Park College my freshman year of college before the realization set in private school was a tad too expensive to pull off for three more years. Love the city of Pittsburgh. Used to go down to Point State Park all the time. After we got married I got the wife to go “West” with me on mini-vacations there a couple of times. As for that arrangement with the heat and the condo association that indeed would be a challenge for me. But efficiency was on my mind prior to this winter as we replaced our HVAC system and the bills have gone down considerably. I recommend anyone on the fence about that to bite that bullet and make that investment if in a similar situation. As for working with what I have fashion-wise I still wear the same leather jacket I’ve had for like ten years now…most of my stuff qualifies as working with what I’ve had…a long time!

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    1. I think Marcel might have went to Point Park as well, good school. If you haven’t been to Pittsburgh within the last several years the subway now runs from downtown over to the Northshore and drops folks off at Heinz Field. I haven’t been down to Point State Park in eons, as a matter of fact when they were extending the subway they also revamped the park. You know I keep forgetting I had a new furnace installed last year (more energy efficient) but honestly I still can’t turn up the heat. My refund this year was a nice tidy sum.

      Early in life working with what I had ruled the day and it’s stuck with me. I have a hard time getting something new without being able to justify the expense.

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  3. Have you heard about the woman who wears the same outfit to work every single day?
    She changes her shoes, scarves and belts. She’s pretty creative…as are you.
    I have my heater beside me as well. I’m frugal to the point of shivering before I actually turn on any kind of heat. 🙂

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      1. Agreed!! Wow, that’s impressive that she does that while being in a corporate position. She sounds like my kind of person. I’m gonna see if I can find her but if you happen to remember her name please let me know. Thx much

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