Okay, I have to admit that I’m not in a Christmas mood yet. Maybe it’s the lack of snow, maybe it’s the fact that my December is a very busy one. But there is a ray of hope for the spirit of my favorite time of the year to take over: the Christmas Markets of Vienna.
I promised you to talk about my favorite Christmas Markets soon but first I want to share an outfit with you that I personally consider the perfect look for a typical viennese Christkindlmarkt. As I told you in my last post Viennese like it simple, but not boring, modest but with a twist and classy but still fascinating. In simple terms: whatever you wear never forget the hat! I don’t know why but on the country side it’s common knowledge that true Viennese wear hats like all the time – maybe because of the wind. But when I moved to the city years ago I only saw old men wearing hats and lifting them to greet but all over the people wearing hats were outnumbered. My love for hats hasn’t been triggered off back then, but with time “the hat” found its way back on the streets of Vienna and back into the wardrobe of its people as well as into mine. Now it is an essential part of the viennese style again. And when it comes to Christmas Markets a hat in combination with a warm wool coat, cozy scarf and pants (optionally layered with tights to face the cold perfectly prepared) becomes the best alternative to beanies & co. I didn’t expected a simple hat to be the best companion for an evening spent outside, but when drizzling rain starts to fall my hat by Lack of Color fully convinced me because while friends of mine had to put up their umbrellas the hat worked like a shield for me in a way cozy beanie would have never been able to – which was quite convenient as I’ve forgotten my umbrella at home anyway (as always).
But now enough of the light gear talk, because at a viennese Christkindlmarkt you gonna need something to keep you warm and not just the style factor of a fedora. As I hinted above you gonna need to dress warmly if you really wanna enjoy the evening and punch won’t keep you warm throughout the whole night. That is why I always wear tights underneath my jeans and often an extra pair of socks to prevent my toes from tuning into small icicles. Beside that an additional layer underneath the coat doesn’t hurt so a wool cardigan is a part and parcel of my Christmas Market Outfit just like an oversized cozy scarf. The only thing is that I normally leave out on gloves because I tend to spill some of my punch so I always ended up with wet and sticky ones and bare hands are much easier to clean 🙂
All packed up in cozy cloths the evening will be awesome and the spark of Christmas spirit jumps over for sure. So stay tuned for my viennese Christmas Market guide!