I often fantasize about leaving my (make-believe) Manhattan apartment, walking down Christopher Street, hot coffee in hand and sporting a winter coat while braving the chilly walk to the subway. What I don’t include in my daydream are the snow, the cold, wet feet and the nearly unmanageable hair and makeup predicament that New York weather can bring. Alas, Las Vegas is home and no amount of cute bakeries or lettering shops will sway me to move to the Big Apple for even one winter. In exchange for enduring a Hades-like summer, we Las Vegans get a winter full of beautiful, 55-degree days. Winter is our season to show the East Coasters what they’re missing.
We don’t need heavy coats in Southern Nevada but the international fashion community seems to be on our side: Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld didn’t show a single overcoat in his fall/winter 2009/2010 collection. And if Karl and the gods at Chanel say so, then it must be so: Off with our coats!
It seems that designers are telling people to spend their winters in places like Las Vegas, where winter is actually fall. Take 3.1 Phillip Lim, for example, which consistently shows many enviable knits that can transition from summer to winter (wherever you are) with ease. Meanwhile, Marni, Stella McCartney and Alexander Wang all master the knit in various forms—and a signature piece or two from these trend-setting designers can lay the foundation for next year’s Las Vegas winter wardrobe. (And they are so impressive and bold that even if the rest of your outfit consists of nothing more than a potato sack, the word “chic” would still apply.)
You don’t need designer duds to do this: Just pick up a modern knit sweater in a classic color and pair it with skinny black pants and a jersey tank with jewels for a casual dinner, or have some colorful fun with Forever 21 jeans (available in oodles of styles and hues) and a thrifted T-shirt.
It will be sweltering hot soon enough, so take advantage of these glorious, slightly cooler days while you can—and be thankful that no matter how cold you may think it is, you still don’t have to don a winter coat.