When you live in cold snap USA (or, I guess cold snap anywhere in the world) otherwise known as actual winter—unless you’re a car-only gal (or able to simply stay inside until it warms up) you probably find yourself dealing with the elements.

That tried and true preschool motto goes like this: there isn’t bad weather; there is only bad clothing. My fourth grader’s bus stop is about a half-mile or so from home, and we walk there every morning. Children, it turns out, are often unaware of the cold. Until the holiday break, I think he only wore a sweatshirt to school; until mid-January, a sweatshirt plus fleece and only when the big chill set in, an actual winter jacket. Go figure. The motto applies to me, at least.

Along with my down jacket (with hood; the hood is key), my warm mittens, and my fuzzy warm boots, on the coldest days I add things like a fleece neck warmer and fleece leggings. When I’m en route to the bus, no one can see them.

More like dance studio meets the sidewalk or something, I can’t say I feel terribly chic (fleece trumps black) in them, but they are the kind of added warm windbreak that makes winter more tolerable.

I kind of fault BabyLegs for my getting the idea to make this purchase. As silly as I might feel in mine, the BabyLegs my daughter has had since babyhood just slay me with their adorableness. I really think of them as about the cutest things ever (see end of post).

While trolling the Internet to find a link for mine, I discovered a tutorial for fleece leggings. Apparently, crafty sewer types find fleece leggings “easy” to make. I don’t sew; I merely gawk—and pass on the link.

Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser is a freelance writer and blogger whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Brain Child Magazine and Salon the Huffington Post, Babble and Ceramics Monthly. Her essays have appeared in various anthologies including The Maternal is Political and Wait a Minute, I Have to Take Off My Bra. A writer for Preview Massachusetts Magazine, she keeps a personal blog, Standing in the Shadows at the publication’s news site, the Valley Advocate and a tumblr Refractions. She is a sometime contributor to Momfilter. Follow her on twitter–@standshadows or Pinterest.


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