Now that it’s freezing outside how do you look fashionable and stay warm? As much as you want to look hot this winter, many of you may think you can’t. Well that’s not true. It simply requires a bit more thought and effort to remain stylish during the winter months.
The first thing to do is invest in a sturdy winter coat. Pick one that looks good on you, not the mannequin. Make sure you get one that’s appropriate for the weather too. Just because it looks great doesn’t mean it will keep you warm. The best materials are wool and quilted nylon. Look for ones that aren’t bulky and shapeless.
Think of it as a financial investment rather than a fashionable item when making your purchase. A good coat can carry you through winters for years to come.
The next step is finding footwear. Stick to shoes that cover more than skin. Now is not the time to wear strappy sandals (unless you are heading to a more sophisticated event like party and you’re all dressed up just like I’m in this photo and didn’t even leave the house.)
These are the shoes I bought to wear with several outfits. I picked up these City Streets shoes at JCPenney nearly two weeks ago for $11 on clearance. They’re a 5-inch heel with an 1-inch platform. They make me stand really tall, but they are fabulous and the only exception to wear in the winter when you’ll be inside. (I got the dress on clearance at Marshalls for $15.)
The best bet for the cold is to find different styles of boots, cute tennis shoes or ballet flats for the frigid cold. Obviously your outfit will dictate they type of shoes you wear, as well as the weather.
Thirdly try layering clothes. It’s a great way to transition clothes from season to season. I typically will wear a camisole under a shirt or a ribbed turtleneck rather than wearing a bulky sweater. I’m also a girl who likes cardigans because they go with so many different outfits and they look good layered.
Winter accessories also have a purpose. Hats, gloves and scarves do more than look good — they keep you warm.
In order to stay stylish look for a hat in a fabric that is soft and luxurious. Although it’s nice to have different styles and colors of hats, one mainstay can instantly pull together a look. Find one that compliments your coat.
A scarf is fairly inexpensive and you can purchase a variety of fabric, color and styles. A scarf can pull your look together. Try wearing a color that will either accent your coat or match your hat.
Gloves are another item that you can purchase pretty cheap and the come in all kinds of fabrics and colors. Although mittens are the best whenever you’re outside, they are not as stylish as gloves. A rule is that your gloves should match your hat or scarf or fit the scheme of your outerwear.
Here are three recent looks I wore this past weekend.
No. 1 Orange You Glad— I paired my white jeans with an orange and white striped shirt and a orange cardigan. Of course I topped it off with some jewelry.
No. 2 Corduroy Cute — I pulled out a pair of corduroy’s I’ve had forever and only wear when the weather outside it bitter cold. I paired them with my Croc insulated boots, a denim shirt that I got in Germany 18 years ago, layers of white shirts, my long Jones New York cardigan I got when Famous Barr was still in town (I paid $8 for this sweater of clearance — it was originally $120.) I accessorized with a hat and brown scarf.
No. 3 Chocolate Chill — I wore my chocolate ribbed turtleneck, chocolate hat, with brown Coach shoes (recent resale find) and heavy knit striped pants. I wore a brown camisole underneath my turtleneck to add an extra layer of warmth.
I hope you’ve learned a few tricks about staying stylish when it’s freezing outside.