When the tree lights get turned on, it’s time to take to the ice and show that winter is really here by taking a twirl on its shimmering dance floor. My favorite place to ice skate in Germany is the ice skating rink in front of the hotel “Taschenbergpalais” in Dresden, which may be the most romantic spot for a slithery but romantic date.
Whether indoors or out, ice skating with friends is a fun, social wintertime activity. If you've not yet tried it – don’t worry, it’s not about your skills on the ice. Even when only slithering around, you can take part in the Winter Wonderland. But what should you wear? Keeping warm is a priority, but so is fashion – especially when skating with friends on a group date or with a gentleman.
Dressing for the ice rink is as tough as mastering a figure 8. You want to look stylish, but you also want to stay cozy in the cold air — and covered up in case you fall (well, it happens!).
The key to staying warm and looking cute is to layer your clothing – the perfect solution for winter wear. As you skate, your body temperature rises. When this happens, take off your jacket to reveal your adorable, layered outfit underneath. Score a perfect ten for style with playful sweaters, fitted jackets, and slip-ready shorts—you know, just in case. A patterned jumper is the epitome of winter and Christmas chic.
Add a snug circle scarf (this is perhaps a safer option than a normal scarf when you’re prancing about on the ice), festive tights, a chic cross body bag, a warm beanie and you'll be the envy of the rink. Heads will turn when you step onto the ice whether you have the skating skills to back it up or not.
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 winter coat choices may not be as practical as a waterproof jacket, but will be as cute.
Celeb Katie Piper wears a knitted sweater in rosé with a fitting coat for ice skating. People often make the mistake of wearing jeans to the ice rink. It isn't impossible to skate while wearing jeans, but since falls are highly likely, you want something that will dry quickly. Also, you want something that will not constrict your legs, so you can move more easily. Leggings or sweatpants would be a good option. Let’s follow Cara Delevigne’s example and grab nice sweatpants in jogger style paired with a vintage NASA t-shirt and a bomber jacket. The outfit is finished with a cool beanie – and you’ll be properly dressed.
While we like to think we’ll be gliding about on the ice and not clambering onto the side, if we end up doing the latter, nice gloves should protect your hands against the cold. You won’t need protection for knees and arms like for normal skating, but believe me, you'll be happy about warm gloves. In contrast to the cool bomber jacket and sweatpants look, let’s get a bit of vintage feeling when going ice skating. I can’t help but think of Victoriana fashion like capes and lace-up boots. Let’s hit the nail on the nostalgic head. Unless you own skates, you’re probably going to be renting a pair. Chunky glittering socks will make even the most uncomfortable boots feel like slippers or keep your feet warm with a thick and woolly pair of socks.
My favorite is skirts with tights or long socks. It is an adorable and comfortable look 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. And remember: it doesn’t matter, if you’re the ice skating queen on the rink. With this fashion advice, you will be the style queen on the rink. Try ice skating as a cute winter date idea – either with friends or a gentleman by your side, who will hopefully prevent you from falling…