Winter is a challenging season to wear chic looks that are weather appropriate as well as stylish. The goal is to keep the body warm while facing less sunny days, the temptation is there to throw together as many pieces as possible and get out the door. Simple fashion tips can keep you warm and stylish through the winters without compromising with looks.
Winters are reminiscent of flamboyant weddings, strolling around any time of day without fearing sunstroke or perspiration, excursions to various exhibitions and fun-filled picnics, eat to your heart’s content knowing that your layers will do their best at camouflaging any tell-tale signs, sipping on steamy hot chocolate and most of all the sheer enjoyment of dressing up in almost anything, any texture and any colour.
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One can look forward to donning those boots, fuzzy mitts, fluffy scarves, trendy hats and awesome jackets. Perfect styling can jazz up the ethnic apparel during winters. Here are several easy tips that can turn around a less than inspiring wardrobe into the exciting one so that you can get out of the warm bed, braving cooler temperatures.
Layering is the perfect way to achieve warmth while putting together a chic look. It allows you to play with a mixture of patterns while being functional enough to support all the varying temperatures you encounter on a winter day. The key is to get thinner pieces (cashmere) that offer maximum warmth, layer on scarves to pull the looks together, and choosing varying lengths to flatter your body shape.
Many women who are over 40 shy away from knee boots. Choose a flat or low-heel boot with comfortable shades and materials. Get a chic and trendy look by either wearing the pair with matching pants or pairing weather-appropriate skirt or dress with a skinnier shaft boot. Knee-length boots in denim, metallic or animal prints are quite versatile & can be paired up with jeans, dresses, and skirts as well.
If you’re willing to make a statement with shoes, bags, and necklaces, the next step is to make a statement with a coat. Don’t give in by going with dark coats and jackets. Avoid grey and black. Choose a coat in either a bright hue such as pink or a bold print such as leopard print. The key to pulling this look off is by keeping the rest of your look neutral and simple. Let the coat do all the talking. Floral printed duster coats are another option. These prints are going to enhance your mood and pep up your day. Whether it is work or a casual day out, your coat will keep you warm and chic. Team it up with high waist pants; patterns like checks, stripes or plain bold hues.
Most people shy away from white during the winters. White jackets and coats can brighten up the look. Wear white piece with dark prints, dark floral print pencil skirt or dark solids for a lively contrast.
During winter, the body’s heat can be lost by not protecting the head. So, a hat is essential when the temperatures get low. Invest in a hat you want to wear and that flatters both your look and face shape. A quality fur trapper (real or faux fur) is a nice option for chilly weather. It will always be trendy for the winter and will keep you warm. A wool wide brim hat keeps the face free, while the wool hat keeps your head warm.
Opt for a draped cardigan. The additional material is a great option for warmness. To keep it closed, either opt for a belted cardigan or select a coordinating or contrasting belt. Pair the heavier, draped top with leggings, slim pants or a sweater dress to create a more flattering silhouette that is not bulky on the top and bottom.
Scarves are must-have since it offers an opportunity to add colour to a dark look. Scarves can either be oversized or regular-sized with a variety of textures, bright prints and colours. Scarves are the add-on that every girl should have in the closet. You can drape soft woollen scarves available in various lengths, colours, and textures to match with every outfit, no matter the occasion.
To bring out the best in you, try multi-coloured blazers. They never go out of fashion and the layering technique makes them elegant. A turtle neck sweater underneath the blazer will make it look refined. Either opt for a bold colour or try-out printed patterns. Add an ethnic touch to winter attire by picking up the finest handcrafted products.
Ankle length boots
Pair up a fashionable outfit with a perfect pair of boots. Experiment with laced up ankle length boots, ranging from heels, flats, buckled and so on. Own a pair and wear them with your jeans tucked in for a sophisticated look, and you can roll it up for a casual look.
Instead of the blouse opt for a much-fitted sweater in a solid colour that can be tucked inside a saree petticoat. Try a polo-neck black sweater accessorized with chunky jewellery. Combine with a lehenga and swap the blouse for a well-fitted sweater or a cardigan. When wearing a saree, try to just throw the unbuttoned cardi over your shoulders like a cape. If you want to wear dhoti pants or Patiala, swap the top with a chunky or snug sweater. It will look casual yet stylish.
A very simple option of styling a saree is to wear it with some warm leggings and no one can tell and yet you will beat the cold. But, if no one can see your lowers then what fun is that! Try draping your saree in a more Grecian style where your pants (preferably fitted ones) are visible. This fusion look will make heads turn any day. Pair it with pumps instead of sandals, so that the feet are tucked away in the shoes. You can wear leggings under your lehenga, but would not suggest altering the length of the lehenga and keep your leggings camouflaged. Combine an Anarkali kurta with knitted tights instead of the churidar. Your legs will be super snug. It need not have to match, the contrast will work well.
Instead of the usual blouse, try wearing a waist-length jacket that goes well with the saree, Anarkali or lehenga. When paired with a contrasting or similar coloured jacket in velvet or silk, it can keep you warm and look stylish. A black formal blazer with some detailing would work too and it looks good with Indian suits. If you don’t want to stitch a jacket with Indian wear, then pin a lovely broach to the western blazer. It will add the splash of glam.