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I hate to break it to you, but even though December's come and gone, winter is only just beginning. Until March or April, most of us will still be putting up with frigid winds, overcast skies, and untimely snow storms that screw up our daily schedules like no other.
And when it's mucky outside, you can only dress up so much. So what's a girl to do when she's got an event that flat-out requires a killer outfit ... like, let's say, a date? I've got a couple fire outfits so hot, they could melt ice.
Outfit option one is a must if you're walking or taking public transportation to your date.
High Neck Rib Bodycon Mini Dress With Long Sleeves ($29, ASOS)
Bodycon dresses usually verge on the so-sexy-I'm-uncomfortable side, but this one's black fabric, long sleeves, and high neck make it just demure enough for a first-time outing with someone new. It's also ribbed like your favorite tank top for maximum comfort.
Out From Under Silver Stars Sheer Tights ($16, Urban Outfitters)
When it's wet outside, dressing in dark colors is best. In dark colors, no one will be able to tell if you've accidentally gotten wet in a puddle or sat on a bench without thinking. This outfit's mostly black, but these adorable tights at least let you have a little fun.
Calvin Klein Faux Fur Trim Asymmetrical Coat ($230, Macy's)
Bulky coats can cause awkwardness when you're not sure where to put them down after making your grand date entrance. Opt for one like this that's just as warm but more fitted — it also has a hood, should you accidentally forget your umbrella.
Outfit two is just as comfortable, but allows a little more room for color.
Corduroy Peg Trousers ($68, Topshop)
These high-waisted trousers do wonders with a form-fitting blent. And about this fabric: Velvet is kind of the It thing right now, but wearing velvet in bad weather is just asking for disaster. These deep green corduroys offer a similar visual texture but are far more durable. And they're still dark enough to avoid any noticeable wet spots.
River Island Faux Fur Aviator Jacket in Green ($71, ASOS)
I own one of these River Island jackets and can personally attest that it is deceivingly warm. You'll definitely need to carry an umbrella to ensure that it (and your hair) won't get wet, plus you won't have to worry about shivering.
This week's third outfit is just about as extra as you can get without risking sludge stains and cold, wet toes.