Winter is officially here! With the Winter Solstice occurring yesterday along with the fresh snow flurrying around the air here in New York, the crisp cold air is unavoidably everywhere. This means, every time you leave the house, it’s time to bundle all the way up. I’m talking thermals, sweaters, coats, hats, gloves, and scarves which all become essentials. For some people, throwing on all their mismatched clothing just to stay warm during their Saturday brunch is the norm, and that’s totally cool. I definitely get lazy sometimes too like when I’m running to the local bodega. So I’ll be the first to admit that I couldn’t give a damn about what I’m wearing then. But I’m not here to talk (write) about my style during my 5-minute booze runs to Duane Reade.
I’m here to discuss about how you can keep your style AND keep warm this winter.
My Winter Motto: It’s All About The Layers
Obviously, right? Getting dressed for brunch or a night out in the city during the winter is a heck of a lot different than getting dressed in the summer. There are so many more clothing items you need to wear now just to stay a tad bit warmer. As a result, it becomes a HUGE pain in the butt trying to find an outfit that matches and as a result, it becomes incredibly frustrating, believe me. Next thing you know, you are throwing everything out of your closet looking for anything to wear and string together.
So here is my big tip: dress and layer yourself from the inside to the out.
Try not to stare at your closet or clothes while imagining what your possible outfits would look like in your head.
Just start with this:
1). Throw on a shirt to your liking. For me, it is typically a button down and the shirt is ALWAYS my starting point. In my photo’s, I have a white Calvin Klein shirt.
2). Next, find a pair of slacks that will match your shirt. My blue pants are Docker’s and the good thing about picking a white shirt is that it will match with any color pants.
3). Opt for the sweater. Instead of throwing on a blazer or sports jacket, put on a V-Neck sweater or a ¼ zip sweater like the one I layered over my white button down. The sweater is a great way to keep your style and if it’s not too thin, it will certainly keep you warmer than a loose blazer could. The sweater is more snug to your body so the heat won’t easily escape into the cold. Plus, the ¼ zip sweater or V-Neck will show off your tie perfectly if you decide to wear one. The sweater I’m wearing is a neutral beige-colored Ralph Lauren ¼ zip sweater. The beige easily goes with white shirt and is a great contrast to the blue Dockers.
4). Find a nice heavy coat. Whether it’s an overcoat or pea-coat, make sure it isn’t too small! You need to be able to throw it on top of the outfit that you are wearing comfortably and be able to move in it without making yourself look like the Michelin Man. The coat I have on is a camel-colored overcoat from Old Navy which pairs easily with the beige sweater and blue Dockers. As you can see, the coat is darker than my sweater/shirt which is rule I always follow, and you should too.
5). To top it all off, find the perfect scarf! The scarf is essential in the cold weather because there are SO many ways that it can be styled and more importantly, SO many ways it can keep you warm. If you have a solid colored coat (which you 99% will), then find a matching or lighter-colored scarf with a grid or striped pattern. Think Burberry. The scarf’s pattern will add the perfect touch of style to your already awesome outfit and will effortlessly improve it. The scarf I’m wearing is a camel-brown colored shemagh-scarf that I got while I was in Kuwait.
Optional (but recommended) Items: A pair of cotton/wool gloves and a thick fur hat (try having the hat match the color of your pants and NOT the color of your shirt/coat)
I hope this helped, now get out there and kill it while staying warm!