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Upgrade your winter wardrobe
January 29, 2017, 1:49 pm

This winter, most women are just trying to stay warm. However, if you feel like you are walking around in a giant sleeping bag most days, you might need some creativity to improve your looks so you feel more confident. Polish and practicality don’t have to be at odds, even in subzero temps. Keep on reading for the ways to refresh your style when you are bored with your winter wardrobe.

Expertly layer to beat bulk: It’s easy to feel frumpy and weighed down once the temperature drops. Work with different fabrics that provide a good fit as keys to your new style. You can work around lightweight blouses and denim jeans teamed with classy print coats. You want something with a clean fit but not too tight. Remember, anything baggy will add lumps under your clothes. A great thing about strategic layering is that it has financial advantages as adding thin, heat-trapping layers saves money by letting you wear your lighter-weight pieces year round, thereby doubling the size of your winter wardrobe.

Highlight your waist regardless of your outfits:  When winter strikes, avoid the bulky look by cinching your waist whenever possible. Belts flatter nearly every body type, and you can wear them with sweater, blanket scarves, dresses, coats and other clothing items. Leather belts may cost a little more, but a good, classic one should last you a lifetime and look better with age, while cheaper synthetic varieties will crack and show wear quickly. However, if you are not a fan of wearing belts go for high-waist bottoms and dresses with a defined waist that will show off your feminine curves even in the winter months.

Show off your legs with winter-friendly tights and over-the-knee boots: You may feel yourself slipping into a black-pants rut in the dead of winter, but your legs can come out to play. Nothing is trendier these days than a pair of black tights that can define your legs while keeping you warm. Also, tall, thin socks will fit inside your flats, saving you money by allowing you to continue to wear those comfortable shoes all year. On milder days, have some fun and flaunt your legs with over-the-knee boots.

Commit to regular maintenance: Winter clothes cost more, due in part to the expensive materials and multiple layers it takes to make them. By committing to regular maintenance, you will stretch your cold-weather clothing budget. From removing salt stains to smoothing scuffs, shoe shines makes everything you wear look refreshed and renewed. Also, invest in an inexpensive electric sweater shaver, or use a manual sweater comb as pilling happens to even high-end wools and cashmeres. Finally, keep your colors fresh by washing right. 

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