When the weather outside turns cold, ice skating rinks become a hot destination. Whether indoors or out, ice skating with friends is a fun, social wintertime activity. But what should you wear? Keeping warm is a priority, but so is fashion -- especially when skating with friends on a group date. The key to staying warm and looking cute is to layer your clothing. As you skate, your body temperature rises. When this happens, take off your jacket to reveal your adorable, layered outfit underneath.
Jackets and Coats
A jacket is essential on the ice rink if you are skating outdoors in the middle of winter. Choose one that provides not only warmth and comfort (and protection when you fall), but stylish details as well. Go for a bright color -- such as hot pink, lime or tangerine -- and consider floral, stripes or geometric shapes for added pop. Other fitted coat choices may not be as practical as a waterproof jacket, but will definitely be as cute. A cropped leather jacket with buckles, colored military coat, empire-waist overcoat, varsity hoodie or fleece toggle jacket with fur are all cute outerwear options.
Lots of Layers
Start with a basic V-neck or crew T-shirt and top it with a henley shirt. Leave the buttons open so the T-shirt peeks through. Add a lightweight cardigan sweater in a bright color, bold contrast pattern or animal print. Or, wear a long-sleeved, fitted T-shirt untucked and layer with a short-sleeved blouse on top. Ruffles, large bows and peplum tops add whimsy to your winter outfit. Add a jacket on top and toss a circle scarf around your neck. This layered look is not only cute, but functional: if skating leaves you warm, simply remove one layer at a time.
Pants and Skirts
Jeans are a wardrobe staple that go well with everything. Start with a nicely fitted, dark jean in either a skinny or straight leg. For a fun twist, choose colored denim in wintery colors, such as navy, slate, black or red.
Skirts with tights or long socks are adorable and comfortable for ice skating. Try sweater-material skirts in wool or stretch cotton, and choose a short to medium length that reveals a cute pair of patterned tights or socks underneath.
Accessories are the icing on the cake when it comes to perfecting a cute skating outfit. Choose a knit cap or fuzzy hat, a jewel-toned scarf and old-fashioned mittens to keep you warm. Pull on some patterned ear muffs or a knitted head band to keep your hair off your face. Add tights, maybe with a snowflake or striped print, or a pair of argyle or patterned socks.
Based in Los Angeles, Lisa Finn has been writing professionally for 20 years. Her print and online articles appear in magazines and websites such as "Spa Magazine," "L.A. Parent," "Business," the Famous Footwear blog and many others. She also ghostwrites for mompreneurs and business owners who appear regularly on shows such as Ricki Lake, HGTV, Carson Daly and The Today Show.