By Marie Frankson
Living in the Northeast, we all know about the ridiculously cold weather and snow drifts. However, not everyone realizes that you don’t have to dress like an Eskimo to stay warm in the Northeast; you can stay warm and look fashionable, and here are some tips to do that.
Invest in a classic and stylish coat
Your coat is the most important part of your winter wardrobe, so invest in a coat that has a classic silhouette, is stylish, and is, most importantly, warm. I recommend a wool pea coat, for both guys and girls. When looking at a pea coat, you may be fooled by how thin it is, but wool is super warm and a good coat will last for years. You can get a great pea coat from Old Navy for $25 to $50 and they come in a variety of colors.
Accessories can pull any outfit together, even outerwear. Cute gloves, colorful scarves, and trendy hats will keep you warm and fashionable. I have three scarves that I wear all the time in the late fall throughout the early spring. One is a plaid scarf my aunt got me from Lord & Taylor last Christmas, another is a purple infinity scarf my godmother made me for a combined Christmas/birthday gift, and the third is a plain black infinity scarf I bought from Forever 21 with my first paycheck. The point of this point is that you can turn an outfit from boring to fab (and stay toasty warm) with some weather-appropriate accessories.
Wear fabulous boots
I’m addicted to boots. I own about a dozen pairs and I wear them all. I’m one of those people whose feet are ALWAYS cold, so a good pair of boots (or two…or ten) is a must for fall and winter. For winter, I love knee-high boots. My favorite [air of boots are my Uggs I’ve had since high school (I got them as a gift from the same aunt who got me the Lord & Taylor scarf) and a faux leather knee-high pair another aunt got me from MakeMeChic.com for Christmas. Both pairs keep my feet warm, and the faux-leather pair looks like motorcycle boots, and who doesn’t love motorcycle boots?
Layers, layers, layers!
As a native of the Adirondack Mountain region, I know how important it is to layer to stay warm in the winter. As important as outerwear is, you need clothes under that to stay warm as well. For me, sweaters are a must in fall and winter. I can wear them with a blouse underneath and a skirt to dress them up or with jeans for a casual look.
Ladies, let’s face it, sometimes there are situations where you have to wear skirts in winter and there are ways to do that so your legs don’t freeze. Firstly, a black knee-length skirt will never go out of style no matter what season it is. Secondly, black tights will keep your legs warm and help make your hips and thighs look slimmer. Thirdly, a pair of black dressy knee-length boots will tie the look together.
Winter can be gray and dreary with white snow as far as the eye can see, but don’t let that get you down. Infuse color into your wardrobe by wearing bright colored sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves, etc., to give an otherwise dreary wardrobe a pop of color.
Winterize your summer clothes
Sometimes you just want to wear your adorable summer clothes in winter, but how can you do that? By adding a few key pieces, of course. You can take a pretty summer dress into winter by adding leggings, a cardigan, and boots, for example.
Invest in camisoles and leggings
Camisoles are kind of like undershirts but for women and are a great way to add an extra layer of warmth without making the outfit look bulky. Invest in a cotton camisole or two; cotton will keep you warm in winter and is light-weight enough to wear under a blouse in the spring.
For those of you who don’t want to wear underwear, invest in leggings. Leggings can be thin but under jeans they’ll keep your legs warm. Just put on the leggings, pull up your warm socks over them, and put on your jeans. There’s no bulk and your legs will stay warm all day long.
I know I already made a point about wearing boots, but I thought this needed its own point, and is the last point because it is really important.
In the Northeast, you will need a good pair of snow boots, especially a pair that is lined and waterproof. When January hits, even Ugg boots won’t be warm enough (and who would be treading snow in them anyway? Calf skin gets ruined in water). Get a pair of snow boots with treads; with icy campus sidewalks this is non-negotiable. Snow boots can be expensive but a good pair will last for years. I’ve had the same pair of Kamik snow boots for almost ten years now and they never fail to keep my feet warm and dry in the winter.
These were some tips I have from dressing warmly, yet stylishly, in the winter. Don’t be like Jon Snow and “know nothing” when it comes to keeping warm this winter. Stay warm this winter and beware the White Walkers with these tips. I hope these tips are beneficial to you readers out there.