Who says you can’t look stylish and chic in winter? Here are some outfit staples that you can pair with some of your clothes sitting in the wardrobe.
The global pandemic has left us with numerous questions regarding fashion and kept us wondering what to do with all our warm winter clothes just sitting and rotting away in our wardrobe. Also, do we really need to get all dressed up when working from home?
While we are still adjusting to the seasons in this epidemic, the freezing cold makes us want to layer up on clothes after clothes. Therefore, it is best to avoid ruffles, sequins, and beads and layer up on sweaters, turtlenecks, jackets, scarves, jeans, and woolen tights. You may think wearing these may make you look boring, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be if you pair them with the right type of clothes.
The following are a few ideas on how you can mix and match your winter clothes to make them not only look stylish but comfortable too.
Beyond the Basics
The basics include thermal clothes that’ll keep you warm inside, such as woolen tights to wear underneath your jeans or pants.
You can add a nice cotton top or cami to keep you warm inside and pair it with a coat or jacket of your choice. This way, it won’t make you look too bulky.
Don’t forget about socks! Thick woolen socks can be a lifesaver in this freezing cold.
Now, when going beyond the basics, you can wear a blouse, a turtleneck shirt, tight black or blue jeans, a long top or trench coat with a colorful print and a pretty scarf on your neck to complete the ensemble. You can also try a variety of hats till you find the one that suits your outfit.
The Right Jacket or Coat
Jackets and coats are the most important thing to have in winters to keep you from being frozen. So choosing the right type of jacket or coat paired with your outfit is essential.
Usually, jackets come in bulky, oversized shapes that destroy the whole outfit. Why not try it out with a belt? No matter what type of jacket or coat you have, a fluffy one or a leather one, use a belt and see how it defines your waist, and you look more put together.
Now, if you’re looking for a new jacket, make sure you not only look for style but comfort too. Many jackets are out there that do look stylish but lack the warmth, and that’s what we don’t need.
The things that you need to look for when purchasing a jacket:
- A jacket that would provide enough room to move your arms freely
- Search for the belt-attached ones
- Pick your color in a way that your jacket would match with any outfit you wear
- You can get a jacket with a hoodie to avoid those freezing rainfalls or snow
Topcoats or trench coats are also not only stylish but warm too. You can try out wearing a statement coat, which comes in different colors. These can be worn with any outfit, especially if you’re wearing a one-colored ensemble. They’ll make your entire outlook pop out.
The Perfect Winter Shoes
Winter shoes were all the hype before the pandemic, and people invested a lot in so many types and designs of shoes to make their outfit look more stylish. Now, being restricted from going out during the lockdown phase in this pandemic, investing in expensive shoes is not worth it.
Rather you can purchase snow boots for those times when you go shopping for groceries and the weather is either rainy or snowy, which requires you to walk safely.
These snow boots come in various colors. However, you can go for a monochrome color that would look good with any outfit. Browse around your closet and decide on the color that would be perfect for you to buy. Also, you need to make sure the snow boots aren’t bulky.
There are various other snow boots that are light enough to carry and don’t bring the water in and soak your socks.
As to where you can buy one, get the ones whose companies are reputable in manufacturing good quality winter boots with great designs. They may be expensive, but it is better to invest in something that’ll last longer rather than for short-term use.
Some brands sell snow boots by using their name rather than focusing on quality. Don’t fall into the trap and invest more than you’d have to.
Another type of boots is the over-the-knee boots. These will look great with jeans and a jumper for a daytime look and also with skirts and dresses at night. Read on to see how you can wear skirts and dresses during winter.
There are also ankle boots that have become a staple for everyone. You can stylize them with a dress and tights.
Giving your outfit a finishing look is most important to complete your ensemble.
Hats: Hats will protect your head and keep you warm. Select your type of hats according to your outfits. The classic ones with a pom on end may provide you with warmth, but on the style scale, they are the least fashionable now. You can try topping your head with a French beret, a cute earmuff, or a hat made of wool.
Felt fedora hats are also in fashion and will make you look classy. You can add in a warm headband underneath the wool hat to keep you warm.
Gloves: Gloves are an important part of your ensemble as the wrong ones can bring your whole wardrobe down. Leather gloves are highly recommended, especially ones in neutral colors, such as cashmere-blend or suede, and preferably matching the color of your coat or jacket.
Scarves: If you think your outfit is a bit boring, you can spice it up with a pretty scarf. The people who’ll be watching you from the other end of your computer screen will be in awe of the peek-a-boo outfit you’ve chosen. Why the word peek-a-boo? Because your colorful scarf will be peeking out from the neutral, boring colors of your ensemble and transform it into something fun. You can’t go wrong with scarves!
Bags: You can’t go wrong with bags too! You can pick a neutral color to match your outfit, or you can go for something that’ll match any other part of your outfits, such as your shoes or scarf or even your blouse.
Can I Wear Skirts and Dresses in Winter?
Yes, you sure can! All you need to do is get some high DEN tights (70+) for the cold days or 300 DEN tights for the freezing days. They are opaque but a great choice to wear underneath if you want to don your skirts and wear dresses you always wanted or just bought.
You can also consider putting on a cashmere sweater dress or a long sweater dress with tights along with a printed scarf to look chic and classy.
Dare to Mix and Match
Gone are the days where people matched everything from clothes to shoes to bags to even jewelry. This winter, go big with prints keeping the same color pattern in check. Mix up different prints until you’re satisfied with the look.
You can try out a turtleneck sweater or a collared shirt layered with button-downs and sweaters, or you can add a vest to your corset top, a tee, or a crop top over your long-sleeved shirt or sweater. These will keep you warm while also ensuring you don’t look traditional and boring.
Also, add in some colors to your ensemble to make yourself look out of the ordinary.
Mix up loungewear clothes with stretchy ones for more comfort. You can wear your leggings for pants or pajama dresses and layer it with a shirt or jacket, topped off with a felt fedora hat, or you can choose to wear patterned prints or dark colors and avoid regular shades this winter.
There are many more winter accessories available to choose and substitute from. For instance, instead of a turtleneck and collared shirt, you can add in a neckerchief, so you don’t become toasty at the end of the day.
Another is a blanket wrap or a shawl that you can just throw over yourself carelessly or wrap around your shoulders multiple times for a chic and effortless look.
Ponchos also make a good fashion statement, especially when tightened up with a belt. It will make your features more defined and also look stylish.
So now go ahead and stylize yourself with these tips and get creative with your winter wardrobe. Whether you’re going out for groceries or having a meeting online, make use of most of your winter clothes by mixing and spicing it up this pandemic without worrying about going out of style.