You know winter is here when it’s pitch black around 5 p.m. and you start dozing off at 9 p.m. The lack of sunlight drives out the crazies and those who are sane tend to stay in for a longer period of time aka the entire weekend. Cuffing season is real out here. For some, depending on how you view the half-filled glass, snow is on the daily. Tip: always keep your ankles covered when walking in the snow because they call it frostbite for a damn good reason.
Let’s kickstart this month’s weather forecast with those in the East:
Eurica Yu | Philadelphia
Gerry’s women jacket, Uniqlo sweater, Five Ultimate frisbee pants, 2XU compression pants, Payless running shoes.
While most people are dressed up stylishly and in bundles for the winter, I’m still in my workout+ultimate frisbee+earphone outfit because it’s still chilly in Philadelphia (13C/56F) and it’s convenient since I work out every day. It still hasn’t snowed yet, which is a blessing. I hope it stays this way for as long as it could.
Marsya Mohd. Johari | Michigan
Parka and skirt from Goodwill, Let’s Tee band tee, Nike sneakers, Target scarf, Society6 tote bag.
It’s almost finals week and I’m also sick too! So, yay? Thankfully, the weather has been oodles better after the snowstorm that happened three weeks ago although the wind still slaps me in the face like reality does. Often and painfully. I dressed for class with two goals in mind: comfort and colour.
So, I wore a comfy floral skirt so my nether regions could breathe and a simple band shirt with sneakers. My dad’s always warned me to always protect your torso when it’s cold so I took his advice and bundled up in a parka along with a light scarf. I topped the outfit off with my favorite tote bag. Off I go, trying not to die in class.
Marini Ash | Minneapolis
ASOS Petite coat, H&M scarf, Topshop Jamie jeans, Forever 21 top and boots.
The weather’s pretty bipolar for the month of December. One day it’s so sunny that I immediately start sweating through my long sleeved thermal and sweater. The next, it snows when I decide to wear a shirt and denim jacket.
What I loved most about this outfit is my scarf because I scored it on sale for $4 at H&M. I simply couldn’t pass it up. This coat has survived the crazy winds and pouring snowflakes last winter too. I’ve learned that if you’re going to be indoors, you honestly don’t need to layer much for the journey from point A to point B. A thick but cute coat would suffice.
Aisar Qairizad | Nebraska
Denim jacket from bundle, Forever 21 T-shirt, Topman jeans, Jeep boots.
This month, Nebraska transitioned from winter wonderland to a chilly night in Kuala Lumpur within days. I love the weather exactly as it is. How amazing if it could stay like this forever.
Alicia Leow | Bozeman
Star Wars Ewok ears, Uniqlo ultra-light down jacket, an XL thrifted plaid shirt from Abercrombie & Fitch, a scarf from Chatuchak Market in Thailand, Zara jeans, New Balance sneakers.
Being 8,000ft above sea-level, we get daily fluctuations of 20 degrees. Sometimes, it’d be -5 in the morning and then up to 15 in the afternoon and down again once the sun sets. So, it’s always best to layer up! As you can see, I’m in love with the beanie-cap-ewok-thingymajingy that my boyfriend got me. Plus point: it also serves as a hand warmer. Bet you didn’t see that coming.
Adrienne Yap | San Francisco
Monki coat, Yuna tote, Primark necklace, Forever 21 crop top, Wrap pants from Krabi, Nike sneakers.
This pair of wrap pants is my go-to when in doubt. It’s easy to throw on and I don’t have to worry about it not fitting right because it’s one-size-fits-all. The color pops against anything and it’s definitely a crowd favorite.
My Monki coat was barely thick enough to shield me from The Bay’s chill. I thought it was a drought, but it’s been raining, which is great for California. Not so much for me.
Meanwhile, back in sunny Malaysia:
Tasha Iman | Kuala Lumpur
Hijab from a stall in Subang Parade, Glassons blouse, Hana Tajima x Uniqlo khakis, Rubi sandals, Mr. DIY watch, H&M bag.
Growing up in sunny Malaysia, the heat is a constant that I have gotten used to. But after weeks of rain day-in-day-out and the sun suddenly decides to show, I tried my best to stay away from tight clothing because of how humid it is. I’ve also been loving earthy tones recently. It works no matter the weather condition.
Amanda Chan | Kuala Lumpur
Forever 21 grid shirt, Let’s Tee band tee, Zara trousers, brown leather sling bag (which is practically hidden) from Italy, Cotton On flats.
Black and white are always a good and safe combo for someone as lazy as me. Soon, I’m really going to miss the kind of Malaysian weather which allows me to leave the house in just a t-shirt and pants. I’ll be freezing my tits off in the States soon. How exciting.
Zoé Ng | Kuala Lumpur
Kozo x Justin Chew culottes, Topshop shoes, Somerset Bay top.
End of the year weather means monsoon season here in Kuala Lumpur. It’s super hot in the morning, but right around 4 pm, it’ll be pouring so hard, you’d think the rain never wants to go home.
I wore culottes to hide my food baby and birthing hips. I threw on this particular black top because it was very crisp and looked smart paired with my pants. My outfit has nothing to do with the weather because I live in a tropical country and we spend 23.5 hours a day in air-conditioned rooms. We can wear whatever we want.
We hope you fellow Malaysians are holding up well wherever you are. Want to showcase your looks? Use the hashtag #ThisIsKUL on Instagram and you may very well end up in our next weather forecast.