Oy! Sorry, bambini. It has been a...challenging time for Ms. Kansas, leading her to neglect her posting duties. She did not mean to leave you all without a lifeline!! Well, so, it's not hard to see that winter is upon us, and few things make Ms. Kansas grumpier than trying to juggle the need to look stylish with the need to keep her tokhes from freezing off. In fact, the last time Ms. Kansas talked to her mama, Mrs. Oklahoma, she was fretting over her style baby keeping warm. Currently, Ms. Kansas's warmest coat is a manky, shapeless double-breasted thing matted in a few places that she scooped up at an anarchist clothing swap in Madison in 2004. Style truth is stranger than fiction. Ms. Kansas sees looks she'd prefer on the girlies riding the bus, but large-buttoned knockoff Marc Jacobs coats with adorable detailing and teetering suede boots likely aren't the answer. Hmm... What to do??
Off the top of her head, Ms. Kansas is feeling the second-hand fur. Ms. Kansas does, indeed, believe fur is murder--but she signs off on thrift store furs because buying second-hand is the responsible low-consumption thing to do, that shit is warm and, honey, that fur been killed. So, march up into some place like St Vinny's, Madison's second-hand Harrods, because those old furs are waiting for you, chile. If you're afraid you can't carry off a fur, Ms. Kansas suggests one of those Britcool heavy coats those boys in Oasis used to wear. Only make sure it's not too heavy or your silhouette will be ruined. Lastly, there is the dependable puffer from a Wisconsin firm like Lands' End. Again, you must watch your silhouette.
One of Ms. Kansas's secrets that she will share with you right now--happy holidays, kids--is wearing more than one winter scarf. It's very much the look. Ok, now get some faux furry boots or Moon Boots. (Ms. Kansas lives in dismay of her Sorel boots, but, honey, her feet don't get cold, now, do they? She is still looking for an adorable boot that can stand up to even a winter in St Paul. She will keep you posted.) Top it off with a hat with a little popcorn ball. Off you go.