“Aren’t you cold?”
If I only had a dime for every time I have been asked that question over the last three winters. You ladies know what I mean. Intelligent people nosily inquire after your internal temperature because, gasp, you are wearing a dress outside, in December/January/February. Then I feel compelled, after astonishing the room with, “Really, I am quite toasty”, to discuss what goes on under said dress to prevent frostbite.
“Obviously, I am not wearing pantyhose” is my favorite comeback line.
Well, what do I wear, under there?
Stockings. [FYI – Walmart has cotton blend stockings back this year in servicable colors, as well as pashmina shawls. Get’em quick!] I like cottony knit ones with a strong waistband. If it is extra cold and I am wearing boots, I pull on a pair of socks over the stocking feet.
For less chilly days or when I am wearing a full petticoat, I combine knee high socks (Target! Target! awesome sock selection) with bloomers. Three layers of heat trapping fabric over my legs. Those intelligent people only have one layer of denim, usually.
The next line of defense against chill is put something on your head. Aha! Gotcha! 😉 Even a light cotton scarf can make the difference indoors between comfort and shivering. My snoods make a good every day cap. Layer over a pashmina scarf, and you are set for ringing a bell for the Salvation Army.
Last night, my dad was tracking the temperature differences between the basement (where we live) and the Upstairs world. About 4 degrees cooler down here than up there. Huh, he said, about 70 F, just a little cool. Well, if 70 F is cool, I must be hardened off to the weather! I feel just fine.