Where the Scarf Ends and the Girl Begins: Pre Fall Polar Vortex Wear

Polar Vortex seems to be what they’re calling the deep freeze that has consumed the better part of the United States for the last few days. Despite desperate attempts to eschew the cold (with layers upon layers) I find I can’t keep warm whilst navigating the slippery sidewalks of the city. With parka and cashmere snood failing me I turn toward the seasonally appropriate Pre-Fall collections for inspiration. And without missing a beat they welcome me into opened fur glove adorned arms and swoop me into their giant blanket capes. Pre-Fall collections offer tons of inventive ways to fight the cold in style. From Givenchy’s full-on-fur layering to Tibi’s giant scarves ,there is plenty to get wrapped up in.

Fur-for-all Coats

As with every Pre-Fall season, 2014 saw its fair share of giant fur coats. Chloe gave us a heart-wrenching, puffy, pink-fuzz-and-red-piping shearling. Givenchy tossed a massive caramel-hued fur over the shoulders of similarly colored duffle coat. Balenciaga gave us a fur coats outfitted with polyurethane wings at the shoulders and a weatherproof hood.  Louis Vuitton’s brought us back down to earth with a brown, embossed fur overcoat with an earthy camo inspired motif.


Oversized Toppers

Pre-Fall gives us timeless coats in easy, clean, oversized silhouettes (perfect for layering everything you own underneath.) My favorites include the menswear inspired sweater-cum-overcoat by Lanvin, an ankle-skimming trench by The Row, a wheat-colored silk parka by Maiyet and a blush colored cashmere cocoon coat by Max Mara.

oversized toppers

Massive Scarves

Scarves serve a myriad purposes when fighting the elements especially whey they are large enough to be wrapped around your head, neck, shoulders and the greater part of your upper body simultaneously. Thom Browne brought us a luscious cable knit scarf in all white except for two stripes of red and black. Tibi gave us an evergreen plaid scarf that seems large enough to moonlight as a blanket need be. Chloe’s rendition of a scarf may or may not be a much chicer version of a snuggie, in a bright blue with white piping it is almost impossible to see where the scarf ends and the girl begins. And Vera Wang gave us more fur in the way of a color block gray and black full-length scarf.



There is no better way to stay warm then to just bring your bedding out onto the streets with you. Luckily blanket dressing was a prominent Pre-Fall collection trend. Vionnet draped shoulders in royal blue cave art embellished poncho.  Acne gave us a soft wool draping that looks perfect for swaddling. Sportmax’s iteration was a bit more structured featuring a turtleneck and arm holes but lost nothing in the way of comfort. And if Nina Ricci’s iteration was a blanket it would a sleeping bag; with its long column shape I image I wouldn’t ever want to be unzipped from such a cozy cocoon.

Blanket Dressing

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