The cold weather is no excuse to dress down. In fact, winter is one of the best seasons to show off your fashionable side. From donning colorful parkas and classic tights to wearing printed scarves and showstopping boots, there are definitely a lot of exciting ways to dress up for the cold weather. Do not be afraid to strut your best look while doing your day-to-day business, all the while staying warm and cozy. It is just a matter of trying different clothing items and choosing which ones work.
Here are some tips to help you keep warm while looking fashionably chic during the cold season:
1. Layer It Up
It is only mostly during autumn and winter when layers are your best friends. Layering clothes is not only a practical way of dressing up for the cold months, it is also a great way to express your inner fashion icon. In choosing your layers, make sure to start with thin layers before piling on the puffy coats and baggy sweaters. Your base layer might consist of silk underwear, a cotton turtleneck, and leggings—thin, breathable basics that will keep you warm without making you sweat. Your middle layer can be made of thicker materials such as wool or fleece for insulation. Lastly, the outer layers, whether it is a winter coat or a parka, will serve as a barrier against wind, snow, and rain.
Do not be afraid to mix layers as well. There are different types of colors, textiles, textures, patterns, and styles that you can choose from. Mixing plain colors with louder patterns and puffy textures can boost your look and add more dimension to your winter outfits.
2. Show Off Your Boots
Any winter look is not complete without a reliable pair of boots. Not only do they keep your feet and toes from nipping off, they also elongate your silhouette, making you look taller. Pair your boots with a short dress, patterned tights or even just a good pair of jeans. There are also various styles and colors to choose from, so don’t be afraid to try them out. Pick a style that matches the rest of your clothing pieces in order to complete a head-turning outfit.
3. Stay in Style with Face Masks
Face masks are an accessory one cannot do without these days. Luckily, they come in a variety of colors and patterns, so you have a lot of options when choosing what to pair with your winter get-up. When picking a face mask, go for something thick and with multiple layers so you can be protected both from the cold weather and from getting transmissible respiratory diseases. You can also go shopping for antimicrobial face masks. These masks are typically made of washable fabric that has been treated to prevent microorganisms from thriving on the surface—handy if you can’t launder your face mask immediately.
4. Mix and Match with Scarves
If you need another layer of clothing for additional warmth, you can always trust scarves to do the trick. Scarves are such versatile accessories that you can wear them in many different ways. You can tie them around your neck or wear it as a cape or as a cover-up. Alternatively, you can bundle up your scarf around your head to make some sort of a beanie. Whatever way you choose, you can never go wrong with a scarf.
5. Have Fun with Faux Fur
Like boots and scarves, faux fur or artificial fur can give your winter look a major upgrade. From fur coats to fur mittens or fur beanies, wearing faux fur gives your outfit a little bit of a playful texture to level up your winter style. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors, and get creative with fur accessories.
Fur coats also come in various prints, so don’t hesitate to mix and match. When buying faux fur, remember to invest in quality, something that you can use for many winter seasons.
6. Level It Up with a Hat
Hats are another winter must-have. They can keep you warm during cold days because they help retain body heat in your head, which in turn, increases your blood flow and raises your body temperature. Hats also serve as a protection to your ears, which are highly vulnerable to the cold weather.
The best hats for winter are those that are tightly knit and have added insulation, such as trapper hats and beanies. If style is your priority, you might want to opt for a rancher hat. Rancher hats don’t have insulation and don’t go around your ears, but they are still thick enough to keep your head warm.
Dressing up for the winter may seem a bit more difficult than dressing up for any other season, but the cold weather does not have to stop you from bringing out your inner fashionista. So long as you follow these tips, you’re sure to ace the winter fashion game.
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*Photos by Yan Krukov