When it comes to winter style, one thing we hear again and again is: LAYER, LAYER, LAYER! But adding layers can overwhelm your frame, over-style your look, and leave you feeling bulky and unattractive – especially when going on a date! How can you express your unique style when you’re hiding behind so much fabric?! Well, here’s how to look attractive and keep cozy as the temperatures drop and the number of layers increase.
1) Invest in a warm, standout coat.
It’s the topper piece, the most obvious part of your look when you step outside at any given time. So why not make a statement with it? One of the biggest trends to hit the runway this past season was a bold-colored statement coat or jacket. Why blend in with a sea of black, charcoal and navy? Ladies can wear red, coral and mint green. Men can choose cobalt blue, hunter green and burnt orange. These are all standout colors that not only make a statement in the cold, but also show off an expressive personality! Perfect for a winter date.
2) Go for slim fit.
Thicker doesn’t necessarily mean warmer when it comes to fabric. Opt for warmer yarns in slimmer styles. Fibers like cashmere, wool, acrylic and mohair should be your go-to for winter gear. When shopping for winter sweaters, look for ones with slimmer bodice frames, smaller weaves and cable knits – anything that doesn’t make you feel bulky. This goes for both women and men. Just remember: the bulkier the sweater, the bulkier you look! Slim is always the most flattering, no matter what size you are!
3) Revisit the 90’s with plaid flannel.
Yes, the 90’s are back… and in full stylistic force. Nope, I’m not encouraging you to go full-out grunge with plaid flannels, torn light wash wide-leg denim and a sweatshirt tied around your waist with docks (oh, the 90s…). However, I would recommend you take the flannel shirt element and wear it with modern updates. For the guys: pair slim jeans with cool kicks. For ladies: try a pencil skirt and booties. Why not, right? It’s fun and creative.
4) For the girls: Try tights.
Even though it’s cold out, you don’t have to feel like pants or long skirts are your only option. Instead, try playing with your spring, summer, and fall skirts by adding black, patterned or textured tights under them. Pair with a great boot, and voila! An easy, feminine look in winter! A must for date night.
5) For the guys: Boot up.
Leather boots are a great way to add style to a date-night look while staying warm. Go for a slip-on or a lace-up; both are updated and chic. They style well with slacks, as well as denim. For extra warmth, you can always wear a heavier sock. Need more shoe ideas? See my recent post: a guide to men’s shoes.
6) Go for a bright or patterned scarf.
There’s nothing like a great scarf to add some color or creative cool to your look. Try paisley for a bohemian feel, checkered square for an urban feel, clean infinity-style for a sleek feel, or just lightly loop a basic scarf around your neck and down the front for a classic feel. However you wear your scarf, choose something that adds a creative whimsy to your look.
7) Gloves for the winter!
When it’s cold outside gloves are a must. For guys: black leather or brown leather add an upscale feel to your look – but like all other styles, keep the gloves slim to your hands. For girls: there is much more opportunity to add creativity to your outfit. From crystal details to ruffles to simple fun colors, like pinks and wines, find gloves that add another dimension to your look.
8) For the girls: Cross body handbags.
I love a cross body handbag for a date. Can you guest why? Because they are hands free! So find something simple and small that drapes over your body. Choose a lightweight strap so it will fit comfortably across your chest.
9) For the guys: Ditch the baseball hat.
While I know men love a perfectly bent brim on their baseball hats, in the winter they don’t provide that much warmth. So why not try some new alternatives: the Ben Hogan hat, a fedora, or even a beanie. There are plenty of warm wool options to choose from that will add style to your look while keeping your head cozy. If you are going casual, try a bright beanie. Happy hour? Go for a menswear plaid Ben Hogan. Dinner date? Try the fedora. And mind your manners. Hats off during dinner.
10) Wear it with Confidence.
This one is easy! Just remember to always be yourself no matter what new styles you try. As long as the pieces make you feel like you are truly expressing yourself, then you’ve already got the style!
Here’s hoping this winter season is your most stylish one yet! Happy Dating!