It's the middle of a really busy & cold week............Kolkata hasn't been this chilly in the last few years.......& though we all were craving for cold winters (back when the luke-warm beginning of the season didn't hold much promise)........we didn't ask for this sudden plummet of the temperatures (it's as if the the numbers are on a downward slide leading into a bottomless pit!)
So, for the time being, the heavy woolens, shawls & socks are the saviors while fashion (which calls for something not quite so practical) has to almost take a back seat! Though every night, before drifting off to sweet & warm sleep (under layers of blankets) I try to think up of practical, warm, comfortable, yet stylish outfits for the next day (sometimes I succeed, sometimes I give up after half an hour of restless tossing & turning).............most days, I end up wearing whatever will keep me covered & very, very warm, while slipping on my thickest socks & covered shoes!!! Sigh!
Severe winter is so not the time for being fashionable.........specially in places used to having mild winters (coz then you are not stylishly equipped to brave the chill, as you would have been had your city experienced the same drop in temperatures every year!)
Anyways, all my above ranting doesn't mean at all that the fashionista in me has gone into hibernation!! In fact, I'm still bringing out old sweaters, cardigans, jackets & jumpers from the dark recesses of my closet, so that I can do more of mix & match as well as layering!!
Sooooooo.........here's what I whipped up in an almost-asleep state of mind yesterday night (not the details of the outfit, but the key pieces)..........it turned out to be quite passable on the fashion front (if the numerous comments/compliments by colleagues are anything to go by) while at the same time keeping me warm & comfy!!! Now that's an accomplishment, I must say! :))