Combatting Snowbesity: Styling Your Winter Wardrobe
Winter is here. So is the impending snowbesity epidemic (i.e. when you can't tell if everyone has mysteriously gained thirty pounds or if it's just the puffiness of their winter coats). It's easy to fall prey to drab winter dressing when the temperature drops. Rolling out of bed and going to class in your pajamas is made that much easier when you have a massive down jacket to cover everything up and the seasonal effects of cold weather definitely impact our overall willingness to put effort into what we're wearing. But dressing warmly doesn't have to mean dressing dully this winter! Take a look at these five tips on how to conquer the cold this year!
1.) Make use of your expert fall layering skills and dress strategically so you never have to sacrifice style for comfort. Thermal underwear, thin long-sleeved shirts and thick fuzzy socks make all the difference when layering, especially if the cute sweater you're dying to wear isn't exactly the warmest. A vest or cardigan achieves the same effect, and is easy to shed once you start to overheat in class.
2.) Add pops of color to your outerwear wardrobe. Compliment the plainness of your down jacket with a patterned wool scarf, knit pompom hat or multi-colored gloves. Brightly hued turtlenecks or tights are perfect for some unexpected flashes of color. Also think about experimenting with your makeup–a bright, moisturizing lip balm or lipstick elevates any look and helps combat chapped lips!
3.) Dressing up and going out can seem like a chore when it gets below freezing, but formal wear isn't limited to strappy dresses and breezy skirts. Wool or knit dresses and skirts are substantially warmer, and a form fitting or crop top silhouette is just as sexy as something you'd wear in the spring or summer to go out. Similarly, sheer or semi opaque tights keep you warm and subtly reveal a little skin.
4.) Be smart with your tech. Finger touch gloves are an essential when you're glued to your phone but don't want to freeze your fingers off walking to and from class. Earmuffs or trapper hats are also a smart investment if you listen to your music with earbuds.
5.) Snow boots don't have to be clunky–fur lined or patterned snow-proof boots that have a little heel dress up any look. Just make sure the soles have good traction so you don't slip!
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