If you are like most people, you want to look your best at all times – including during the colder months. Instead of keeping up with seasonal trends and putting a strain on your budget, start reorganizing your wardrobe and defining your winter style. Knowing what you like – and what you don’t – will save you time and your finances won’t have to suffer. We’ve come up with a few styling tips that will help you look fabulous no matter what your budget is.
Invest in Timeless Pieces
Fashion trends come and go, but you don’t need to break the bank in order to keep your wardrobe looking sharp. A chic winter coat, a good pair of black jeans, a timeless pair of chic drop earrings, quality boots and a structured bag – all timeless staples you’ll wear again and again. Try elevating any look by combining budget-friendly items with one or two pieces on the pricier side. There are a few items worth investing in, so keep this in mind the next time you go on a spree at your favourite stores or when you’re headed out for some needed Christmas shopping. After all, you deserve a little something too.
Probably the first step (and the most important one) in curating your winter wardrobe is getting rid of old clothes. After all, you probably own an impressive collection of old items that are not in the best shape or don’t fit you anymore. Start by emptying out your closets and setting aside all the things that you haven’t worn in the past two years. This will help you have a clear vision of what your winter style really looks like, what you need to let go of and what you need to invest in.
Keep It Neutral
Trends change all the time and something that you just bought a few months ago can become “old” very easily. Instead of purchasing new clothes with every change of season, invest in a few classic pieces and avoid highly trendy items. The big benefit: saving your bucks. Besides, neutrals never go out of style and a monochromatic outfit is almost guaranteed to look chic every time.
Never Forget the Accessories
The right accessories can easily pull-together your outfit, but choosing the wrong ones will lead to an unpolished look. Try adding an oversized scarf over a long coat to create a stylish look for the cold winter days. If you are having a bad hair day, choose a knitted beret. Besides adding cuteness points, it will keep you warm and hide the fact that you didn’t have time to style your hair. But not all pieces have to be bold. Sometimes, small details make a big impact – a dainty gold necklace, a delicate pair of earrings or an elegant watch can give your outfit some personality and style.
Layers, Layers, Layers
The chillier months give us more options to play with, so layering clothes can be both functional and fashionable. Effortless style tip: try adding an oversized cardigan over a buttoned-down shirt or a sweater-vest over a lightweight blouse. Finish off the look with a long coat and a scarf and you’re good to go. This tip will help you keep warm and look fab at the same time – which is always the goal. If the sun gets too hot, just remove one layer and enjoy the rest of the day while still looking chic.
Choose Fitted Pieces
When the goal is creating a chic winter signature style, the fit is everything. Probably one of the biggest style mistakes we all make is choosing clothes in the wrong size. There is definitely nothing wrong with wearing loose T-shirts and boyfriend jeans, but not if you want to look polished and elegant. Instead, try combining an oversized cardigan with a fitted pair of jeans, but avoid wearing baggy clothes from head to toe, as they tend to make anyone look sloppy.
Always Iron Wrinkled Clothes
If there is something that can make an outfit look messy, it’s wrinkled clothes. Keep your look polished by checking your clothes before you put them on. If you see that your shirt is not looking sharp, count on your steamer – it’s free and it does the job. Same goes for your wool coat – if you feel like it needs a refresh, take it to the cleaner. Clothes that are clean and ironed will elevate your outfit and make you look well put-together.
Looking chic and stylish while trying to be smart with your money can be overwhelming, but applying just a few simple rules will make all the difference. Try not to follow trends so much and keep it simple and classic with neutral tones. Invest in a few timeless pieces that you can combine in many different ways and use accessories as a way to show your personality. Creating a style you love takes a little bit of time and effort, but it’s all worth it in the end. After all, we all feel better when we are comfortable in what we wear.