Ever since I was a child, I’ve hated piling on layers. Unfortunately for me, I am particularly sensitive to the cold, but bundling up in hats, gloves, scarves, and many a long underwear always felt so uncomfortable. I feared becoming my own version of Randy from A Christmas Story. Yet in a city like New York where driving everywhere is a luxury and walking is the primary mode of transport, it can be difficult to dress smart for the brutal winters without looking too bulky. It took me a few seasons of trial and error to figure out the best way. If you're like me, you might have a commute that requires 20 minutes or so of outside time. You layer up for the frigid speed-walk to the subway only to bake inside an overpacked subway car and then progressively shed layers inside an overheated office. How’s one to look chic and dress appropriately for both work and the winter weather? It is no easy feat.
Ever wonder how bulky sweaters or boxy blazers (two very important winter style staples) are supposed to fit under tailored wool coats or faux fur jackets? The answer is: they don’t, really. I've seen the mysteriously chic women on Instagram and at February fashion weeks who make a seriously chunky knit work effortlessly under a coat. I’ll never know how they pull that off. But I have found the perfect solution for myself, the game-changer to all of my winter dressing woes — the dickey.
Little did I know, one innocent credit card swipe for $59 from & Other Stories and I was prepared for all the fall and winter chills. My black ribbed knit dickey comes complete with a sky-high turtleneck, no sleeves, a cropped silhouette, and is totally open on the sides — providing maximal mobility, warmth, and comfort under every one of my coats and jackets. It blocks all the cold air from blowing down my neck, while appearing to be one of those chic oversized sweaters underneath. Plus, I can tuck my long-ish hair into it to keep it from blowing in unwanted directions from gusting winds and prevent it from getting tangled up in hoods, scarves, or jacket necklines — major bonus points.
The best part, you can accessorize the dickey as you would a scarf. Throw it on just before you put on your coat, over any blouse, long sleeve shirt, or crew neck sweaters and slide it off once you arrive at your destination. It involves little to no thought, and has proven itself to elevate every single outfit I’ve worn with it. I’ve actually been enjoying the look so much, I’ve even started wearing it as a top — can your wool scarf do that?
Free yourself from cold weather claustrophobia, discombobulated, disheveled layers, and coat chaos and face winter in one simplified step. Call it what you want — a mock collar, a vest, a tabard, or a snood. The dickey is the most functional and modern winter accessory there ever was, and the secret is out.
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Originally Appeared on Vogue