Before my weekend getaway to New Jersey & New York this weekend, I needed to put a lot of careful consideration into my outfits. Of course, I wanted to strut my most stylish outfits through Time’s Square and the Upper East Side, who doesn’t? But how do you pull off awesome street style with 34 degree temperatures for a day filled with sightseeing (not to mention my mothers plans to see the entire city in just one day)? Here are 4 tip and tricks I use to pull off trendy street style but stay warm in winter weather.
The absolute key to winter fashion is preparation. I like to plan my outfits the night before, so that I will not be stressed the day of. Be prepared for blizzards, rain, cold temps or whatever bizarre weather is to come – check your weather apps before leaving your house. Keep a pair of gloves and an extra pair of socks in your handbag. Plan your hairstyle in advance, don’t straighten your hair if you know it will be humid and rainy! Hold off on your skirt and tight outfits for days without frigid temperatures and snow – it will be worth it, trust me. Plan out your outfit to coordinate with your coat, winter gear and handbag. Just because the weather is crappy – doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your look!
What better way to stay warm in the winter than to use layering? Not only is layering a great way to keep warm, it is the perfect way to up your fashion game. Pair a flannel shirt under a polished blazer, a light sweater under a moto jacket, printed blouses under cardigans, and denim shirts under cashmere sweaters. Stock up on blazers, vests, and cardigans in the beginning of the season that you can mix and match with all of your blouses, tees, and sweaters.
Comfort is key to your winter wardrobe. If you work in the city, it is likely you will be doing a lot of walking and taking a lot of public transportation. Between snow and winters frigid cold temperatures you want to make sure that you are dressed appropriately. That being said, appropriate shoes such as rain boots and snow boots are a must. Pair your winter boots with high stockings, cable knit socks, or welly socks for your rain boots. Nobody said wearing rainboots couldn’t be stylish. You will not look cute stomping and slipping through snow in a pair of pumps.
Winter is my favorite time to accessorize because on top of your usual accessories, you get to mix in scarves, hats, and gloves. Likewise, not all winter gear looks like something your grandma knitted (not that what your Grandma knitted isn’t adorable – but you get the picture). The best way to choose your winter accessories to select color themes. I have a set of gray, oxblood, and cream winter accessories. Depending on your outfit or the coat you choose that day you will have 3 different color themes to choose from (and do not be afraid to mix and match them). Look for accessories that have studs, rhinestones, fur, or fun prints that will add texture and life to the gloomy winter days.