I spent New Year’s weekend exploring the winding and cobbled streets of Quebec City on foot (when I wasn’t skiing that is). My Snow Queen Coat, which I designed for Isis, was the perfect choice for the city’s climate – damp cold and sometimes windy.
It was refreshing to be in a city where fashion conscious women know how to dress for the weather. For once I felt like I fit right in! The majority of women were wearing some type of long down coat with a hood – from ankle length to above the knee. Most were from major outdoor and ski brands, predominantly The North Face. Not surprisingly black was the prevalent color.
The practical and stylish boots I saw parading through the slush also impressed me. Knee high boots with good tread and insulation, from brands such as Merrell, outnumbered boots with narrow heels and thin soles.
It appears that Quebec women are not afraid of hat hair. I have never seen such an assortment of headwear outside a ski area – from stylish cable beanies to earflap hats with animal faces and ears (I’ve observed their popularity in the Big Apple too) and everything in between.
My Snow Queen kept me toasty walking from the old port along the St. Lawrence to the New Year’s eve street party up on the Grande Allee where we rang in the New Year with 50,000 other revelers. My camera and wallet were secure in easily accessible pockets. I opted to snap on the removable faux fur ruff that’s around the hood so it could catch snowflakes and keep them out of my eyes.
Here’s to keeping warm and stylish in 2011!
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