It’s finally here, isn’t it? It’s quite cool at the seaside, but if I happen to take the road all the way to a colder place, I quickly realize that my down jacket doesn’t provide enough warmth, and that my beloved ballet flats are really unsuitable for this cold season. Since I love fashion, I find myself in doubt every time: stylish and cold, or comfortable and less stylish? I still seems to be a real challenge to find warm and thick winter pieces that are chic at the same time. I don’t know about you, but personally, I feel like a Yeti, when I wear a down jacket, and I cannot wait to get home and take it off. I’ve tried sweaters, which quickly make me feel too warm (especially inside shopping centers; in Ljubljana they keep the temperature as high as if it was Hawaii), stockings, especially woolen, drive me crazy and make high waist jeans inch their way down, and instead of focusing on the beautiful things around me, I end up missing my pajamas and thinking that there really is no place like home. But still…I never give up, so today I’m going to write about winter appropriate outfits that provide both warmth, yet remain fashionable. It just takes a bit of patience, doesn’t it?
Opt for quality materials, and if you spend a lot of time sitting down, they don’t have to be very thick, because offices are usually warm enough. You can wear a suit, made of light wool, and style it with a high neck sweater. Just add a jacket or a coat, when you go outside. Pay attention to accessories: I’m all about brooches at the moment, because they can make the simplest sweater an item of fashion and beauty.
Off duty time
Opt for wider cuts, because they’re more comfortable. Pair a tight sweater with a poncho or a loose knit piece. The bottom can be form fitting, such as slim jeans or leggins‒thick enough not to be transparent and firm enough, so they don’t look like stockings. If you get cold easily, make use of bodies and skiing base layers, such as tank tops or even strappy tops, which always come in handy.
Belt saves the day
Usually, when it gets really cold outside, we layer woolen pieces, which is a good thing to do, of course, but on the other hand, it’s not the most aesthetically appealing look, because it makes us larger and wider. This is a case easily solved with a belt, which will define the line between the upper and lower part of the body. Play around with belts, you can never go wrong.
Woolen, of course, but not extra thick. It’s better to combine them with cotton stockings and some nice, warm underwear. A thick dress is also more voluminous, which is not exactly a good thing. A structured sweater dress is a good compromise, so are midi and pleated woolen dresses. Mind the quality of the fabric, because this type of dress tends to lint: opt for a mix of wool and viscose instead of 100 % wool, it simplifies care. Add a longer furry vest on top of the dress for the perfect effect.
Let parkas, coats and furry jackets keep you company. Down jackets of the new generation are also interesting, and while I’m not one for the oversized models, because of their volume and lack of elegance, but a tailored jacket is certainly an everyday piece, which will look great in combination with some nice accessories (scarf, hat, and gloves). It’s the latter that demands our attention: the gloves can be leather and lined with faux-fur, they come in a variety of bold colors and coordinate with the scarf. The hats also allow many interpretations; a beret is quite a lovely choice and so is a wide-brimmed hat, which we don’t wear often enough, because we don’t gather the courage. It’s a pity.
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