NYFW fall/winter 2020 style diaries: How to stay warm in -8°C weather

Warm but make it fashion

Text: Elizabeth Lee

Video: Canon EOS M6 Mark II

Confession: I'm ridiculously regimental when it comes to packing for travel. Remember those study timetables we used to do as a kid whenever exam season rolled around? Mine would always be meticulously drawn out with different coloured pens, and then highlighted without mercy.

Now as an adult, I channel the same compulsion into lists — groceries, to-dos, and yes, travel outfits — on the iPhone, rather than on pen and paper. I'm also an over-packer, which means you'll find details of outfits one to 10 listed down in Notes, with at least three to four back-ups for... just in case. Add in the expectations and demands of how an editor should be 'suitably groomed' for fashion week, and you're looking at a minimum of two overstuffed suitcases, never mind the carry-ons.

This was also my first season in New York for the fall/winter shows (I usually attend Paris Fashion Week), and reports of -8 °C weather meant I was reaching for big coats and huge cosy knits, which spelt disaster for both my luggage allowance and sanity as I tried putting together "warm but stylish" outfits for myself, while still supporting some of my favourite fashion brands.

Things I learnt: anything soft and fuzzy is welcome, thigh-high boots are a lifesaver, oversized knits made me look like a potato, but hey at least I was a very warm potato, and God bless Uniqlo for Heat Tech and Ultra Warm Heat Tech which I layered atop each other (this is not an ad).

Below, a summary of some of my outfits from NYFW fall/winter 2020: