Winter wear has the potential to make even the most fashionable women look frumpy. In the fight to stay warm, women often fall victim to one of two fashion pitfalls: They either pile on unnecessary layers, which adds unflattering bulk, or mix too many colors and patterns, making them look clownish. The season is filled with wardrobe challenges, but it only takes a few items to turn your look around. Add these cold weather essentials to your wardrobe to keep you warm and looking hot this winter.
1. Knit Ear Warmer Headband
Please leave the whimsical pom-poms to Santa and ditch the ski hat. There’s no need to wear a hair-wrecking lid this winter when all you need to keep your ears warm is a knit headband. They come in an array of tempting colors, but be sure to choose a neutral or a color that matches your winter coat. If you want to add that extra sparkle to your look, keep your eyes peeled for a one with beaded embellishments. Best of all, headbands won’t give you hat hair so your ‘do will look fab even after you come inside of the cold.
2. Fashion Scarves
Scarves can be worn year-round to accessorize any outfit, but are obviously a cold weather essential. Stock up on several different scarves in various patterns and colors to pair with your winter wardrobe. Instead of tying your scarf around your neck in a chokehold, mix up your look by trying one of these scarf wrap techniques. A carefully wrapped scarf can really spice up a drab look.
3. Touchscreen or Fingerless Gloves
In today’s digital world, it’s essential to have your fingers at the ready to use your cell phone or iPad at any given moment. Not only are mittens unpractical, but they can make you look like you’re ready for a boxing match. Free up those fingers by investing in a nice pair of touchscreen or fingerless gloves. I personally prefer fingerless gloves because they show off my manicure, but it’s a personal choice. Ideally, your gloves should compliment your scarf and headband to avoid the clown look.
4. Leg Warmers
Not just for ‘80s parties! This often overlooked accessory is perfect for when you’re trekking through the bitter cold and you need some extra material to cover your calves. Best worn over tights and skinny jeans, leg warmers can be hidden inside knee-high boots for insulation or worn peeking out of ankle boots.
5. Belted Coat
Avoid a shapeless puffy coat at all costs – very few women can pull off the marshmallow look. Always opt for a belted coat. These define your natural waistline and keep you from looking like a shapeless blob. If you want to stand out in the crowd, get a coat in a color other than black. Last winter I got myself a lovely royal blue coat and have never looked back. A bold coat is more fashionable than trendy mismatched accessories.Image via
Kimberly D. Horner recently graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in journalism and professional writing. She dreams of moving to New York City and fulfilling her life-long dreams of becoming a dog owner and having a paying job. When she isn’t curled up reading the works of Jane Austen or hunched over her desk writing at 3 a.m., she can be found on the stage – acting, directing, or designing costumes. Some of her favorite things include: Earl Grey tea, naps, Sherlock Holmes, tie-dye cupcakes, the musical My Fair Lady, and actress Lucille Ball. You can follow Kimberly on Twitter @KimberlyDHorner or read about her vaguely interesting life on her website.