This morning I woke up, checked weather.com and there it was: rain/snow showers. Crap. There’s no avoiding it now. It seems like everyone else I know has had some snow. My mom sent me a picture just this weekend of my poor baby Conan (yes that IS my car and yes, I DID name him) covered in snow while I was lounging in CT, enjoying the 60-degree weather.
But now there is no avoiding it. Rachel busted into my room this morning and asked “DO YOU SEE THAT?!” I pulled up my blinds and sure enough, there it was. Or rather there they were–the first flakes of the season (at least the first to make to the UES) were falling outside my window.
Crap, I thought, now it’s going to start getting cold. I’ve been wearing my little wool coat for a little over a week, taking a break last weekend and returning to my leather coat for the afore-mentioned warm snap. (Actually wait…is it a snap if it’s warm? I feel like only the cold weather happens in snaps. Or in spells for that matter. Anyway…).
Here’s where I run into my winter dilemma: When do I pull out the big-guns of the winter arsenal–the puffer coat?
Sure, it’s chilly today. And sure, the temperatures are in the 30s and when you walk outside it seems like this would be a great day for the puffer coat. I mean, if down isn’t good for a day like today than what is it good for? But, assuming you do pull out the coat, what are you going to do in February, when the windchill is -70 and the ice and sleet and snow and wind are all whipping around? (Yeah…-70 might be a bit of an exaggeration–it’s not like I’m upstate or anything).
If you pull out the puffer on a day when you’d be just fine with your wool, a hat and gloves, you’re screwed. You get used to the coat. And then, when the temperatures drop drastically, you have no “last resort” option. You can’t wake up and say “well, it’s freezing outside and I can barely stand to put my jewelry on b/c the metal is so damn cold but it’s okay b/c I’ve still got my down jacket to look forward too” because you won’t have it! You peaked back in November and have been crying about the cold ever since.
It’s a tricky situation. The winter has a whole slew of problems–dry skin, staticy hair, runny noses–your coat shouldn’t have to be on that list.