In an ideal world, we’d all be able to shop for an entirely new wardrobe at the turn of every season. But that’s not a reality for most of us, nor is it practical. The good news is, it’s also unnecessary. With a few simple swaps and tips, you can winterize your current wardrobe and keep the same key pieces to use all year round. We’ll show you how to maximize your clothing, shoes and accessories and prepare for the colder months.
Getting maximum use out of your clothing is easier than ever right now. Since it has been deemed acceptable to wear white during winter and fall florals are in style this year, there’s no need to put away your flowery dresses until spring. Just add tights, ankle boots and a jacket for warmth.
Layering is the key for transitioning your wardrobe from summer to winter. Never underestimate the power of a blazer, a sweater or a chunky cardigan. A shirt with a low neckline can be made cozier by adding a scarf, and trendy faux fur vests will make any outfit warmer. You can even wear your shorts in the winter as long as you have thick tights to go underneath them.
Here are a few ideas for turning warm weather staples into a winter wardrobe:
- A summer dress can become a winter skirt if you wear a cute sweater or sweatshirt on top and tights underneath.
- You can wear a crop top with a long cardigan and a pair of high-waisted jeans.
- Invest in a good pair of opaque leggings to wear under your shorts or short dresses.
- When in doubt, add a scarf.
- Treat yourself to a warm, fuzzy jacket. Whether that means a luxe fur or a suede coat, you should make sure your topper is touchable.
- A boyfriend blazer is the most versatile and comfortable basic of the season. Wear it over dresses or t-shirts and you’ll look polished (and feel warm).
What about your shoes? While it’s true that you’ll have to retire some of your strappy sandals until next spring, you don’t have to resign yourself to only wearing closed-toed shoes for the time being. Some of your open-toed shoes can be worn with colorful tights. Just try them on and use your best judgment. Peep-toed shoes can also be worn anytime.
Winter also has its own set of jewelry trends. While summertime means breaking out the turquoise accessories and delicate pieces, winter is all about the sparkle. Light blues and rich red and greens are all great options, not to mention and gold earrings for women.
Here’s how to wear this winter’s top jewelry trends:
- Reconsider your matching sets, at least for the time being. Mixing jewelry is in style, especially rings. Deck out one finger with one large ring or several smaller rings, then add a simple gold band to a different finger.
- Layer your necklaces. Pair one short, one medium and one or two long necklaces to get the most impact. The necklaces should be similar enough in size that one doesn’t overpower the others. Try mixing modern and vintage styles to create a unique, personal mix.
- Have an arm party! A big stack of mixed bracelets adds instant eye-catching style to any outfit. Use classic pieces, like chunky links, and mix them with a modern multi gem bracelet for women. This combination will help you look refined.
- Twisted link necklaces are very popular right now. A unique way to get this look is to wear the , which also features interlocking hoops.
- Winter is the time to bring out your gems—the more colorful, the better. The will add color to a black holiday party dress.
Never assume that you have to sacrifice wearing jewelry in order to stay warm. This is not the case, but you might have to choose your pieces wisely. For example, unless you’re going to a holiday party or somewhere equally as elegant, skip the long, dangling earrings in favor of more simple styles.
Fashion tape can be used to keep a necklace in place while you layer a scarf over it for the walk or drive to your destination. Instead of skinny bracelets that you won’t be able to slide over your gloves, look for bigger cuffs to wear on your wrists that won’t get lost under your jacket, like the . Fingerless gloves are great because not only do they make an edgy fashion statement, but you don’t have to remove them – or your rings.
With a few, simple adjustments, your winter wardrobe will be ready in no time!