This winter, most of us are just trying to stay warm. However, if you feel like you’re walking around in a giant sleeping bag most days, you might need some creativity to spice up your looks. Polish and practicality don’t have to be at odds, even in subzero temps. So, keep on reading for the ways to refresh your style when you’re bored with your winter wardrobe.
- Expertly layer to beat bulk.
It’s easy to feel frumpy and weighed down once the temperature drops. Fabrication and fit are keys. Like fashion blogger Blair Eadie, you may go for a lightweight blouse and denim jeans teamed with a classy leopard print coat. You want something with a clean fit but not too tight. Remember, anything baggy will add lumps under your clothes. A great thing, strategic layering also has financial advantages as adding thin, heat-trapping layers saves money by letting you wear your lighter-weight pieces year round, thereby doubling the size of your winter wardrobe.
- Highlight your waist regardless of your outfits.
When winter strikes, avoid the bulky look by cinching your waist whenever possible. Belts flatter nearly every body type, and you can wear them with sweater, blanket scarves, dresses, coats and such. Leather belts may cost a little more, but a good, classic one should last you a lifetime and look better with age, while cheaper synthetic varieties will crack and show wear quickly. However, if you’re not a fan of wearing belts go for high-waist bottoms and dresses with a defined waist that will show off your feminine curves even in the winter months.
- Show off your legs with winter-friendly tights and over-the-knee boots.
You may feel yourself slipping into a black-pants rut in the dead of winter, but your legs can come out to play. Like fashion blogger Blair Eadie, you may resort to a pair of black tights that can define your legs while keeping you warm. Also, tall, thin socks will fit inside your flats, saving you money by allowing you to continue to wear those comfortable shoes all year. On milder days, have some fun and flaunt your legs with over-the-knee boots.
- Commit to regular maintenance.
Winter clothes cost more, due in part to the expensive materials and multiple layers it takes to make them. By committing to regular maintenance, you’ll stretch your cold-weather clothing budget. From removing salt stains to smoothing scuffs, shoe shines makes everything you wear look refreshed and renewed. Also, invest in an inexpensive electric sweater shaver, or use a manual sweater comb as pilling happens to even high-end wools and cashmeres. Finally, keep your colors fresh by washing right. By heeding our tricks, you’ll be able to look stylish and functional this winter season.