Bundling up in style is the ultimate winter fashion conundrum. Once the temperature drops, the last thing you want to think about is what’s “trending.” And drop it has. In case you haven’t gotten the memo, felt the sub-zero chill or seen President Trump’s latest global-warming-denouncing tweet, it’s shaping up to be an especially cold one.
Still, we beg of you: stay cozy, but don’t resign yourself to a life of thermal leggings and duck boots. As temperatures plunge to the single digits, we’re sharing some of our own best-kept seasonal — and sartorial — secrets. Call it a winter fashion advisory.
Seeing as it’s freezing outside, why not wear your best blanket as a scarf? Add some warmth to your outfit with an earful of tropical-themed jewelry? Try out some DemnaGvasalia-worthy, anything-goes layering tricks? (For instance, wear a crewneck tee over a flannel over a hoodie. Strangely, it works.)
There are plenty of chic ways to look cool and stay warm.
Take it from front row denizen Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert: a snowy white backdrop is the perfect excuse to rock in-your-face, Barbie-approved colors. (The more you resemble the star of an early aughts Doublemint gum commercial, the better.) Also, match your neck bandana to your unabashedly bright sweater.
For a look that’s oh-so-now, team a dual-personality sweater with shoulder-grazing earrings.
Lower temperatures call for louder outfits. (The better to draw cold-hardened onlookers’ attention, my dear.) Pair embellished flats with DIY denim, patterned blouses and metallic outerwear.
Say no to hat hair and hiding your ‘do. Giant earmuffs let you showcase your sleek center part, cool-girl zigzag or intricate braids without losing your extremities to frostbite.
When it comes to outerwear, the more, the merrier. Layer two complementary coats together for a look that’s cozy and chic.
Inventive, risky layering is the key to street-chic winter fashion. Take your style cues from Irina Lakicevic. Slip an on-trend Victorian blouse on over a black turtleneck, complement your upper half with oversized checked pants (Sherlock Holmes dressing FTW) and round out the look with anachronistic studded boots and mod earrings.