Temperatures have dropped to pretty unbearable levels, which means many fashionistas will begrudgingly have to temporarily shelve cute outfits in favor of boring fleece and clunky winter boots. Just because it is winter, doesn’t mean you have to collectively resign ourselves to giving up on style, it just means you have to think a bit more creatively when getting dressed in the morning. Here, a few of tips to stay stylish and warm.
Become a layering pro: There is a reason layering is such a big trend this season: it is a massively practical way to dress when it is really cold. So don’t be afraid to pile on the layers. A turtleneck, under a sweater, under a jacket, under a coat, for instance, will definitely keep you warm. So will a dress or skirt over a pair of pants, which is much warmer than a pair of tights.
When it’s really, really cold outside, sometimes even the items in your wardrobe that you always depend on everything from ripped jeans to cashmere sweaters no longer cut it. This is when you have to find creative ways to layer under your clothes that no one will notice. You can, for instance, throw a pair of tights or sheer stockings under a pair of ripped jeans or layer a form-fitting sweater over a long-sleeve T-shirt.
Let your boots steal the show: Great winter style really boils down to a great pair of boots. Show off a great pair of over-the-knee boots by pairing them with a short dress. Pair ankle boots with cuffed jeans or a dress to dress in style.
Belt your coats to give them new life: In winter it is pretty inevitable that you’re going to start to feel some fatigue when it comes to putting on your boring old winter coat day after day. Add new life to your coat by simply belting it. Cinching your waist will make it seem almost like you have a brand new coat. This styling trick will work with just about any coat style. Some serious fashionistas also belt puffer coats.
Embrace fur: There aren’t many redeeming factors about living through really cold weather fashion wise, the one being it’s the only time during the year that you can wear fur. You can wear fur with just about anything to give your outfit an instant upgrade: invest in a statement fur topper, throw on a fur vest or stole over your winter coat to give it some new life, or find cool fur accent pieces like fur collars or even fur mittens to liven up your winter outfits.
Invest in a show-stopping hat: Your first instinct in the winter is to splurge on a pair of boots or a coat, but it is better if you hunt for the winter hat of your dreams. It will be the first thing people will notice about you, so it should be something you love.
Experiment with scarves: Scarves can be worn in many more ways than simply wrapped around your neck, and winter is the perfect time to experiment. Try the retro look of a scarf tied around your head, belted on top of a jacket, or even tied in a knot around your shoulders.