The frost has been nipping noses this season, probably the coldest in many years. We've shuddered at the news of temperatures dropping from -30 to -50 in some areas; that's a deathly chill lingering over the Midwest US. This reminds us to put our Climate Change strategies back on track, and to keep ourselves bundled with layers of nice, warm clothes because otherwise, we're doing it wrong.
Conquering climate change is no easy feat, but we could prevent the frosty atmosphere from seeping into our head down to our toes with smart layering. Smart, because you don't just slip into the first thing you grab from your closet; you want to be on style just as warmed up. If you're wondering which key pieces are going to save you from a bad winter wardrobe, we've jotted down your best layering options that will save you from this dull draft.
Sweaters + dresses. Remember that ugly jumper Aunt Tina bought you last holiday season? Well, it's not that ugly; winter is the best time to wear knits, and you can easily hide the bad print over a nice frock. The best way to go is pairing neutrals over patterns. Lightweight knits are best worn under a sleeveless wool dress. For heavier, l or fur sweaters, slip them over your favourite patterned dress and feel like you are being hugged all day long.
Jackets + coats. This legitimate masculine style works perfectly in this sombre winter season. Not only does it keep your formal look intact, but you also add a bit of a killer line charm by pairing these two pieces together. Go for wearable jacket colours: deep black, grey and tan. The trick is not to mess up with the cuff; make sure the jacket's armhole is enough to fit your coat and still provide movement for your arms.
Skirts + trousers. This 90's style makes a comeback during the coldest time of the year to keep your legs warm and comfy. The trick to look less of a fashion victim is to wear find a skirt with the right length to pair with your pants. Longer skirts give off that supreme boho look, while shorter ones (make sure they're not pencil-cut and tight) present a more playful approach. Don't be scared to style your regular fitted denims with a wrap skirt and see how it comes out.
Mix & match different patterns. Winter is the best time to experiment new complementing styles, and you may be surprised to discover what you can put together! How to layer patterns? Consider the base colour of each piece and see whether the other item harmonizes with it. Match florals with ginghams, animal prints with denims, polka-dots with ornate damask and plaid. Our tip: Put together big prints on smaller prints for a more cohesive look.
Dare with colours. Outside is already bland and white, so why should your wardrobe be, too? Ditch that white leather jacket for a spring look; now is the time to go all out with your favourite hues, and you can take them from the entire spectrum of the rainbow. When going out, make sure at least one hue in your wardrobe stands out; it could be your skirt, your sweater, or your shoes. Liven up winter with the vibrant tones of fiery reds, aqua blues, coral, bright orange and metallics.