Fashion For Cold Weather
It's pretty safe to say winter is here at last - brrr! These below zero temperatures and cold winds are making it extremely hard to be outdoors. Not to mention the snow and Ice making it a lot harder to get from A to B. I do however, enjoy winter. Its beautiful, calm, and fun for skiing, snowboarding and hot cocoa. However, after the Holiday season is over and I'm back to the old grind, I slowly begin to get bitter towards the cold. This feeling usually hits me around the first week of February and I begin to feel like it has been cold forever and only getting colder. This is when I begin plotting a permanent move to somewhere warmer - anywhere warmer! It's not just the cold weather that I begin to despise, its the change in my lifestyle brought on by the cold weather. The cold makes it harder to get out of bed in the morning and it makes it even worse to get out of a hot shower, which then makes it harder to get to work on time, let alone getting to work and looking some-what presentable. Ultimately, the cold has directly effected my everyday life! Due to my morning routine being thrown out the window, I am now rushing to be on time, freezing, and uncomfortable, which means I usually just settle with an outfit consisting of the most work-friendly, comfortable and warm clothes I have - which means I look like I robbed the clothes off an old persons back or am trying out for a role in The Hobbit. Call it dramatic, but as someone who loves fashion and keeping up with the most recent trends, my style takes a big hit in the Winter! Therefore, I have found some cold weather couture that will have you looking good and staying warm all Winter long!
Style 1: Freeze Spirited Bohemian
Oversized Asymmetric Lapels Worsted Coat ($105 - oasap.com), French Bakery Top ($43 - modcloth.com), Trendy Brown Crocheted Beanie Skull Cap Kufi Hat ($8.99-luxury-divas-corporation.amazonwebstore.com), Dolores Red Carnelian Cameo Pendant Necklace ($36 - 1928.com), Knitted Step Hem Cardi ($76 - topshop.com), Isabel Marant Etoile Printed corduroy skinny trousers ($198 - matchesfashion.com), Juicy Couture Faux Fur Infinity Scarf ($88 - piperlime.gap.com), Plush Cable Stitched Mitten ($50 -piperlime.gap.com), Born Aleksi in Canoe Shearling ($265 - shoeline.com)
Dressing warm no longer has to be boring - especially with this colorful, bohemian style. I am obsessed with the Etoile Printed Cords from matchesfashion.com, not only are corderoys warm and cozy, but they are infused with a multicoloured embroidery print that truly livens up this style. The French Bakery Top from modcloth.com keeps this outfit feminine and flirty especially when a Vintage, long necklace like the one seen above from 1928.com is pieced with it. The knitted step hem cardigan from topshop.com adds color and most importantly warmth to this ensemble. Get ready for the outdoors by layering a beautiful infinity faux fur scarf around your neck. Seriously you would be surprised how much a scarf alone can warm you up, let alone one made with faux fur seen in this trendy scarf from The Gap. Add the final layer this beautiful over-sized lapel coat from oasap.com and you will be toasty warm from the waist up. Lastly, keep those toes warm with a pair of these beautiful Born Aleksi Boots. Lined with Shearling these boots are both gorgeous and sensible. With a rubber sole and slight heel, the Born Aleksi makes you slip-resistant, fashionable and warm through and through. I find that for the most part if my feet are warm, my body stays warm and the Born Aleksi Boot does just that. With this fashionable cold weather style, free spirits of the world can get back outside and stay comfortable. Make a snowman, have a snowball fight, or just go on a winter stroll. Whatever it is that you want to do, know that with this style, your covered!
Style 2: Cool, Calm, and Chic
Plaid long sleeve wool coat ($11-indressme.com), MANGO Angora Turtleneck Jumper ($35 - mango.com), Apt. 9® Faux-Fur Hat ($17 - kohls.com), Cole Haan Soft Pleat Gloves ($49 - colehaan.com), Maxmara Studio Lignano trousers ($187 - matchesfashion.com), Sofft Windsor in Black ($143 - shoeline.com)
Business ready to wear can now be comfortable and cozy with this winter weather fashion. These beige wool-blend Maxmara studio lignano trousers make for the perfect pair of business pants for a cold winter in the city, keeping your legs warm and are fitted yet movable in their construction. This essential turtleneck jumper made with wool and angora from MANGO, is soft, light, and perfectly insulated, keeping your body at the right temperature throughout the day. Layer this plain black turtleneck with this multi-colored plaid wool coat seen above from indressme.com and you will add more color and dimention to your look, while sticking to the neutral basics to keep you looking professional and stylish. Step outside in these Sofft Windsor Ankle Boots that rest high on your ankle for support and comfort and slip-resistant with the textured rubber sole. The medium heel on the Sofft Windsor Ankle Boots adds a stylish twist to your business attire and coordinates perfectly with the straight-leg hem of the trousers. Top off this winter-ready couture with a pair of black leather gloves and finalize the look with a faux fur hat to keep all your body heat in. This classy ensemble is comfortable and warm enough so that you will look forward to dressing for work in the morning and, in my case, make it on time AND look professional. Win, Win, Win.
Style 3: Wild, Wild, Winter
Accessorize Canvas Trapper Hat ($49 - accessorize.com), Urban Renewal Patterned Sweater Dress ($15 - urbanoutfitters.com), "Bear-shaped" Coffee Furred Coat ($80 - romwe.com), H&M Necklace ($13 - hm.com), Heavy Weight Ponte Leggings ($36 - topshop.com), Billabong LOEN Mittens ($36 - zalando.co.uk),Born Danila in Canoe Shearling Lined Boots ($210 - shoeline.com)
I love the feminine, yet rugged look of this style with earthy tones and subtle patterns. If made with the right material, Sweater dresses with leggings can be extremely warm in the winter months and can keep your style up to date and trendy. I love this sweater dress from urban outfitters with its Indie - earthy vibe almost as if from a Grimm Brothers Fairytale. This sweater dress matches perfectly with the burgundy hue of these heavy-weight leggings from topshop which are constructed with thick wool material and polyester to provide a thickly insulated barrier for the cold. Adding further comfort and style to these form fitted leggings are these Shearling-Lined Born Danila Ankle boots. Thickly insulated throughout and made with Opanka hand-crafted construction, this slip-on western boot is perfect for an outdoor adventure. Layer this faux fur coat over your outfit for the perfect balance of style and comfort. It's beautifully rich coloring and burly, rugged look reminds me again of a fairytale - im thinking on the lines of red riding hood and the wolf? It's a beautiful piece and an enchanting ensemble and I have already ordered the sweater dress online and am a few more pieces away from this exact look - not kidding - I LOVE IT.
Style 4: Cold-Weather Casual
Cascade Plaid Peacoat ($95 - quiksilver.com), Peckson Cable Sweater ($69 - jackwills.com), Topshop Moto 'baxter' Skinny Jeans ($80 - nordstrom.com),Totes Cable-Knit Mittens ($9.99 - kohls.com),Hollister Co. Classic So Cal Scarf ($12 - hollisterco.com), Born Helga in Canoe Shearling Lined ($245 - shoeline.com)
This outfit is both casual and stylish, expressing a good fashion sense and sensibility during these cold winter months. I just love the fun colors in the cascade plaid peacoat from quicksilver.com and how they harmonize with the royal blue infinity scarf from Hollister Co. These bright colors can liven up a simple white cable sweater with a pair of light skinny jeans. Slip on a pair of Born Helga Shearling Lined Boots and you will be comfortable from your knees to your toes. I love the Born Helga Boots in Canoe because the color truly compliments the Jacket and Scarf ensemble. This laid back outfit is just right for those cold weekend days out with friends.