Winter Wardrobe: Dressing For The Weather Without Sacrificing Style
Snow, ice and wind -- they're all things that love to keep us inside for the winter. Unfortunately, we occasionally have to go outside, and when we do, we want to dress for the cold and dress for ourselves, too. With the bulky coats and heavy sweaters, it's hard to look good, but there are ways to navigate those style obstacles without looking like a stuffed doll. Here are 4 tips for dressing for the weather without sacrificing style.
In the winter, we tend to gravitate toward dark colors. It can get drab, but you can make it look sleek. Try playing with the idea of an outfit composed of a single color (like black or navy) and use an accessory in a contrasting color to make your whole outfit pop. For instance, a navy sweater, navy skirt and navy shoes for the outfit as a whole paired with a pair of thick red tights makes you stand out in a snow-covered crowd. Solid-color outfits also give you the opportunity to play with patterns. Under your solid sweater, a plaid collar gives you a little contrast at the neck. You can also get more use out of your fall or spring scarves by adding them to your outfit indoors and switch it out for a heavier scarf when you have to venture outside.
Though we like to wear dark colors in the winter, we don't have to. In fact, it may brighten your mood when you dare to wear bold colors you might otherwise see only in the spring and summer. Steer clear of pastels -- they might make you look a little pasty against the grey skies, but yellows and bright pinks give your outfit energy and life that you might need on a dreary day.
When the weather gets rough, it's easy to dress in a way that's claustrophobic. But if you layer right, it can be liberating. When it's cold enough that you feel the breeze through your pants, try other ways of blocking the wind. Build around your tall boots with tights that can be enhanced with leg warmers or socks to keep everything below the belt cozy. If you're wearing a dress, try wearing a form-fitting dress underneath to give your outfit texture and an extra layer of insulation to fight off the cold. A cardigan on top of that saves you from having to wear a cumbersome sweater. Little layers allow you to add bulk without looking bulky.
Hats, scarves, and gloves can make or break your outfit! Your accessories don't necessarily have to match, in fact, sometimes an unmatching hat or scarf gives you a little bit of contrast to make your outfit more visually interesting. Slouchy hats and infinity scarves have turned winter fashion into fun -- no more dressing for the sake of staying warm! Hats are also fabulous for bad hair days. On good hair days, don't be afraid to save it by throwing on earmuffs rather than a hat. For the really cold days, wear your scarf around your head and neck so no skin is exposed to the elements. If you're really daring, dress down with NFL hoodies -- with a slender pair of jeans, you can make casual look chic.
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