There’s no doubt about it: winter is here. Last week I even saw some cities in California that were facing temperatures in the thirties! Yikes! The drop in temperature doesn’t mean there has to be a drop in our style, though. While you can bundle up until you look like the abominable snowman wrapped in marshmallows, you definitely don’t have to.
For those of you like this week’s featured Fashionista who aren’t too keen on bulk, there are a few alternatives to the cumbersome puffer jackets. Start out with a heavy but slim-fitting coat. A wool peacoat is a fantastic option and while you may be able to find one for a bargain, don’t be afraid to shell out a few extra bucks (if you can) to invest in a nice coat that will last for years. Once you’ve decided on a coat, turn your attention to accessories; not jewelry but additions to your outdoor ensemble that will keep you warm.
Although the idea that we lose a disproportionate amount of body heat through our heads is completely untrue, keeping your head warm is still important. Hats are obviously the best way to go but if you are fervently anti-hat, turbands and earmuffs are also options that will help to shield your noggin from the cold.
Your next concern should be your neck. There is nothing worse than drafty air escaping down the front of your coat because you’ve forgotten a scarf. You can go with a slim one like the Fashionista is wearing or you can ensure extreme warmth with a massive infinity scarf.
I may have lied earlier when I said there was nothing worse than forgetting a scarf because finger-sicles are definitely the worst side effect of harsh winter weather. Gloves are an absolute must. If you’re as “plugged in” as I am, tech gloves are a necessity for you so you don’t have to sacrifice warmth in order to stay updated and entertained while you’re on the go.
So we’ve covered the basics but if you want to go a little further, take a note from the Fashionista (and the ‘80s) and grab some adorable legwarmers. They’re the perfect addition to shoes that probably weren’t meant for winter weather.
Keep these tips in mind on the next cold day (which, let’s be honest, is probably tomorrow) and you’ll be warm and flawless.