Tips for Staying Warm and Stylish in the Winter
If you have been reading my blog, you might have noticed I have a slight obsession with staying warm. I absolutely cannot stand to be cold! Extremes of temperature at both ends actually bother me (having lived in Las Vegas before I can tell you anything over 105 degrees is just as miserable). So I spend quite a bit of time obsessing on how to stay warm pretty much at all times. Of course, it is a bonus if I can dress both warm and stylish, so today’s post is all about how to accomplish this.
Layering is Key
In these cold winter months, layering is key to staying warm. One easily can put on a giant hooded puffer jacket underneath a simple outfit to stay warm, which is usually what I see people doing. I personally think it is more fun and functional to wear many layers. Layering is not only effective at keeping you warm, but it is a great way to add style. Plus if it gets too hot, it is just as easy to take off a few layers. I can tell you after we took these pictures, we were running around town doing errands, and I was practically sweating by the end of the day.
Start with a Warm Base Layer
A warm base layer is essential for staying warm and stylish in the winter. I personally love turtleneck sweaters because the keep my neck warm too. I love a basic cream cable knit sweater, because it looks stylish on it’s own, but is easy to layer. The one I am wearing is sold out but this and this cable knit sweater are both very similar.
If you don’t want to wear something as bulky as a cable-knit turtleneck, there are several options that are more thin, yet still warm. Uniqlo offers their Heattech line in a turtleneck which is meant to retain heat. Land’s End is known for their Thermaskin products such as this turtleneck, which would also be a great option.
Balance Textures and Proportion
There are so many ways to look warm and stylish in the winter by playing with textures and proportion. Here I am wearing this adorable pink checkered jacket by Endless Rose (this jacket by their sister company is identical and it’s on sale). The jacket is somewhat large on my petite frame, so I balanced it with skinny jeans. The overall effect makes me look thinner and my outfit more streamlined. As a different example, if you are wearing chunky boots, balance it with a more tailored jacket (as I did in this post).
Use different fabrics to add interest to your winter looks. In this post I balanced a more bulky leopard coat with a lace peplum top with a belt at the waist. Overall this creates a feminine look that is fashionable as well.
Add a Scarf
It almost goes without saying that a scarf is a great way to add style to your outfit. Scarves are one of my favorite ways to look warm and stylish. The office where I work tends to be cold, so often I will wear a thicker scarf the entire day. I have found by keeping my core warm, the rest of my body tends to stay fairly warm as well. When it comes to a scarf the possibilities are endless! The scarf should in some way complement the rest of your outfit. Given that the jacket I am wearing in this post has a distinctive checkered pattern, I balanced the pattern in my jacket with this scarf of a similar hue. This scarf, made of a wool/cashmere blend is so soft and warm! It comes in five colors and is a steal at under $23.
Keep Your Head Warm
You wouldn’t go out in shorts in the winter, so why leave your head uncovered? A hat is essential piece to stay warm and stylish in the winter. There are so many stylish hats available, beanies of any kind, trapper hats, newsboy hats, and fedoras. My favorite trend this year has been the beret! This homage to Paris fashion will make any outfit look instantly chic. I have seen many more expensive berets, but this beret hands down from Amazon is my favorite. This wool beret is well-constructed, fits well, and comes in 11 colors (and you could have all of them since they are under $14!).
So what’s the weather like for you? What are your ideas for staying warm and stylish in the winter?
I hope you have found these tips helpful!
As always, thanks for looking!
xo | April
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