While you may be tempted to wrap yourself in a blanket before stepping outside, remember you can look chic while staying warm. And before you start slipping into large, heavy layers, consider creating the right proportions with your winter gear.
Learn to layer
Don't dismiss dresses or short sleeves as un-wearable this winter. Instead, get creative, and experiment with various layers. Try a wrap dress with a thin sweater underneath, or take a flowy frock and add a belt, cardigan, tights and a scarf. You'll find that many items can actually be worn year-round.
Show off your shape
The key to balancing your attire lies in not bulking up from head-to-toe. If you have great legs, indulge in cashmere or polar fleece stockings or the still-going-strong legging trend, and keep the major warmth up top with a heavy jacket or sweater. On the flip side, if you're wearing something wide on bottom, consider a cropped jacket.
Pop in bold colours
We're experiencing a colourful phase of fashion right now, so jump on the availability of vibrant options, and select winter accessories that are bright and fun. Scarves, gloves and stockings are obvious items of adornment when everything else is hidden under your jacket, so consider these accents carefully. Try adding your own belt into the loops of a trench for a totally new look. Whatever you choose, the key is to find a flattering colour and create stylish combinations that are unique to your point of view.
Flaunt faux fur
Gone are the days of wearing bland trousers during winter, play around colour and unique design concepts to keep your winter wardrobe edgy and fashionable.
(below, these 70's style pants are a figure flattering addition to any wardrobe and work well with any current nautical fashion trend)
(above, these zip pants will add a playful, yet comfy edge to your wardrobe)
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