For many of us living in colder parts of the world, winter is just around the corner and that means that any day now it’ll be time for us to pack away the pretty tops and dresses, and dust off our chunky sweaters and thick coats just to survive the impending freezing temperatures.
However, just because its chilly, doesn’t mean your sense of style needs to stand still. Here are eight ways that you can look stylish in winter, whilst also wrapping up warm enough that you don’t end up getting ill!
9 Tips for Looking Stylish In Winter
CHOOSE A STYLISH COAT OR JACKET
Choosing a coat or jacket that adds some extra colour or edginess to your look is a great way to make an otherwise, unexciting winter woolly outfit more fashionable.
Depending on the extremity of the cold weather where you live, you might want to choose a leather jacket to complete your look, or if its too chilly for just a light jacket then a long-line wool coat in a bold colour will really show off your style.
Its important to opt for something that flatters your figure, especially as you will often end up sporting your winter coat paired with oversized, loose fitting jumpers and cardigans. Coats with a pleated or skirted waist are particularly great for keeping that feminine silhouette during the cold season.
Boots are my number one favourite way to remain stylish during winter. Whilst also keeping your toes and calves cosy, boots are a great way to add sophistication to an outfit.
Chelsea boots with a small heel look classy yet effortless when paired with a dress and cardigan, while thigh high black boots coupled with black skinny jeans create a classic, slimming look. These styles of boots never go out of fashion and you will see them modeled on the runway year after year – so shop for quality and make sure that you choose a pair that’s comfortable, as I guarantee that you will be wearing these season after season.
My go-to for winter is: black polo neck jumper, black skinny jeans, black heeled thigh high boots, finished off with a brightly coloured plaid scarf. Nothing says country winter fashion more than this elegant combination.
If you want to create a look that is more glamorous, then look for fabrics like silk or cashmere, which you can pair with an inexpensive outfit to instantly give it a designer feel. If you want to invest in a designer scarf, then its well worth the money, as this small yet significant accessory will help you finish off endless ensembles.
Many years ago (when I lived at home and didn’t pay rent) I invested in a classic Burberry scarf which is still my most prized possession to this day. I have worn mine day in day out through the winter seasons with a host of different outfits and every time I wear it, it makes me feel super confident and put together.
CHOOSE WELL FITTING CLOTHES
Choosing clothes that fit well is essential no matter what time of year it is. However, in winter I feel this makes even more of a difference as many people get lazy and just chuck on oversized jumpers and call it a day.
If you are going to wear something oversized, then make sure you are styling the piece appropriately. For an oversized jumper, you want to make sure that whatever you are wearing on the bottom is form fitting, such as skinny jeans or tailored trousers.
If you just go for oversized everything in a bid to keep warm and cozy, then you run the risk of looking like a potato sack, which I am guessing isn’t the vibe you’re going for?
Its common for most of us to gain weight around the holiday season and we end up wanting to wear baggy sweaters and hoodies to try and cover the fact that we may put on a few pounds. Despite the urge to pull out your favourite slouchy hoody, try to make sure that you’re still styling lose fitting clothes correctly, as pairing baggy with baggy will usually end up giving the illusion that you’re carrying more weight than you actually are.
This also comes into play when choosing jeans and trousers. Make sure these are tailored if needed so that your clothes are not too long on you. If you are walking though the rain and snow in bottoms that are too long, you are going to end up with horrible wet cuffs around your ankles, which look very unsightly and can also leave nasty stains on your favourite clothes.
DRESS FOR THE WEATHER
If you aren’t a lover of winter, then it can be tempting to try and preserve your summer wardrobe for as long as possible. However wearing clothing that isn’t appropriate to the season, gives the impression that you aren’t capable of dressing adequately. Like it or not, our clothing says a lot about us and if you catch sight of a person dressed for a summer day when its 5 degrees and raining outside, it’s not going to create a good impression.
If you saw a colleague wearing a knee length dress and bare legs to work in November, then you are probably going to think that person is rather unprofessional. Dressing for the wrong season makes you appear immature and sloppy.
So no matter how much you might want to fight the fact that winter is looming, sadly you can’t change the weather, so please just accept nature and do yourself a favour by making sure that you are choosing clothes that fit the current climate.
KEEP A GOOD UMBRELLA ON HAND
Make sure to carry around a good umbrella with you, so that when you get caught in a rainstorm, you can minimize the effect that the drizzle has on your outfit. Wet, soggy clothes are not only uncomfortable, but they start to smell nasty as they dry and will end up out of shape permanently if they dry while still on your body. You could end up with super long out of shape sleeve on that favourite sweater of yours, or your favourite leather jacket might start to crack and fray as a result or the rain.
Staying dry will also make sure that you remain looking stylish and confident whilst actively caught in the storm. There is nothing we can do to control the weather (well, unless you want to get into a heated discussion about global warming…), so make sure that you are minimizing the risk of spoiling your style by keeping a brolly in your purse at all times.
TOP IT OFF WITH A HAT
Finishing off a winter look with a sophisticated hat is one of the best ways to add some extra warmth in sub zero temperatures, while adding more individuality to your outfit.
Beanies, bobble hats, fedoras and beret’s are just a few suggestions of hats that are perfect for keeping you looking cozy and stylish during winter. Whichever design you go for, wearing a hat is a great way to keep you warm as heat escapes from our body through our head first, so your hat will trap in heat for longer.
Hats are also a great way to keep your hair dry in the rain, and if you don’t have the time to wash your hair or have your roots tinted, then hats act as a brilliant temporary cover-up.
KEEP YOUR BEAUTY PRODUCTS ON HAND
Lastly, keeping your beauty essentials nearby at all times will help you to look your best during winter. Cold winds leave many of us with chapped lips and hands, which are not only a look that we want to avoid, but can be extremely painful if we don’t treat them fast.
Always keep your moisturizer and lip balm in your purse and make sure to apply generously throughout the day, particularly if you are spending a lot of time outside.
Keeping concealer and foundation on you will make it easier to ensure you can always touch up your makeup that might have been ruined by the outside elements. Make sure to carry round blush and bronzer too, so you can add some colour back into your pale winter face, making you look healthy and glowy all year round.
To Finish Off…
I hope this post gave you some winter style inspo! Let me know your favourite tip for staying well dressed in cold weather and I will see you back here soon for more fashion and lifestyle tips!