If you feel stuck in a weather-induced wardrobe rut, these are the essentials you need to take your winter style blah to AHHH!
1. Outerwear, Outerwear & More Outerwear!
The secret, to looking good and staying comfortable in the winter, is owning a wide array of stylish outerwear that will carry you through the seasons.
The keyword in that sentence is, stylish and I say that because the sad fad fact is that a lot of people still succumb to wearing a “puffy coat” or even worse, a ski jacket as their winter coat.
Everyone should have at least three pieces of outerwear to combat the chaotic weather patterns: a fitted trench, a sweater coat or light jacket and obviously, a winter coat. The winter coat is by far the most important because it will be your best friend for five months out if the year, which is why it’s so important to have a piece that holds up, looks good AND keeps you warm.
2. Comfortable Winter Style Footware
Some of the greatest aspects of city living are the amazing public transportation options, bike friendly streets and walkable sidewalks, which in turn, means that we aren’t confined to driving everywhere. On one hand, it’s really nice that we don’t have to deal with traffic everyday but on the other hand, it means that we can’t always wear our prettiest shoes if we plan on walking everywhere. Therefore, the number ‘must have’ for people is a comfortable, yet attractive pair of shoes. It’s hard to find the “perfect pair” that’ll take you from neighborhood to neighborhood, without a blister, but they are out there. A flat boot n a fun color, like red or material is a great way to stay fashionable this winter while fighting the chill factor .
3. Denim (for Every Occasion)
No matter what you do or where you live, you should have at least one pair of jeans that fits your ass like a glove. The pair you go to that makes you look and feel like a million bucks, which may have cost just under that.ImageIf you don’t know what I’m talking about then it’s time to listen up in a pair. Though I think everyone should multiply this rule by three: one for work, one for play and one for evening. My suggestion is to go to a department store with a large denim selection and spend time with a specialist who will guide you. Having three pairs of well fitting jeans will turn otherwise easygoing looks up a notch on the style meter.
4. Comfy Sweater
One item that every person should have in their wardrobe is a basic sweater they’re obsessed with. Whether it be a crew neck or a button down cardigan, it’s not only a classic piece, it’s also a stylish way to keep warm. My favorite sweaters come from J. Crew. Their cashmere sweaters come in a variety of colors and cuts. If you’re only going to buy one, stick to black but if you get a few, I would choose one in a bright color which will add a pop to your wardrobe as well as those dreary winter days.
5. Carry-All Bag
With all the walking and weather upheaval you’re bound to encounter living in a city, it would probably be in your best interest to carry the necessary weather battling tools, like your trusty umbrella and a lightweight jacket. Obviously you’ll need a place to stow all these things along with the real necessities, i.e.: Cell phone wallet and iPod, so where better to stow it all than a carry all bag.
Choose anything from an oversized hobo to a big, structured tote to carry your many belongings, the bigger the better. This season’s hottest it bags come in bold hues like cherry red and lemon yellow to the more subdued gray and moss green.