Looking stylish is tough in the winter: in fact, when you’re faced with freezing temperatures and streets filled with ice and slush, it can be tempting to give up altogether, and simply retreat into layer upon layer of winter woolies – no matter WHAT they look like.
The good news is that it IS possible to stay stylish during the winter. Hard, maybe… but possible. Here’s what you need…
01. Boots that work with dresses and trousers
Footwear is often the biggest stumbling block when it comes to winter style. Bulky boots can make an otherwise awesome outfit look messy, and a pair of that’s too slouchy will ruin the line of dresses and skirts. The trick here is to find yourself a pair of boots that works with everything: for this, we recommend tracking down a great pair of shoe boots (or shoots, or booties, or whatever you want to call them…): because they’re low profile, and designed to hug the foot and ankle, they’ll work with absolutely everything you want to wear with them, and you won’t have to worry about finding the right calf-width or leg height, either. There are tons of different styles out there, too, so there’s bound to be one that works for you.
02. A coat that will go over all of your outfits
Coats can also be tricky to get right, especially if you tend to wear clothes in a variety of different styles. The boyfriend coat that looks amazing over skinny jeans, for instance, won’t look so great with a full skirt, and that brightly coloured peacoat that’s so amazing with black and neutrals is suddenly useless on days when you want to wear something equally bright underneath it. As tempting as it is to build up a coat closet that ensures you have outerwear for every occasion, however, when you’re on a budget, it can be a better idea to simply stick to a neutral colour, and a shape that will fit over ALL your outfits. This can be easier said than done, obviously, and will require some careful analysis of your closet, and the types of clothes you wear most often, but The Fashion Police’s quick guide to coats should be of some help.
03. Thermal underwear
No, it’s not glamourous, but although fashion bloggers might gush about ‘layering’ (Which is simply fashion-speak for ‘wearing one item of clothing over another item of clothing’), “bundling up” isn’t always comfortable, and it doesn’t always look great, either. A better option can be to invest in some thermals: yes, it’s still technically “layering”, but you’ll need fewer layers to stay warm, and when you get to your destination, at least you won’t have to spend ages un-wrapping yourself.
04. Fleece-lined tights
Thick tights don’t sound particularly glamorous either, and, well, that’s because they’re not really. They’re way better than all of the aforementioned “layering”, though, so grab yourself a pair of fleece-lined tights, and continue wearing the same dresses and skirts you wore before the cold snap hit.