Things would be so easy if only I took my own damn advice. Like I wouldn’t have to fight a flu and miss my gym life had I only layered two sweaters or jackets. Right? But really now, how does one dodge the winter bugs, and the minus temperatures? How do we stay warm AND still have a life?
Is winter fashion friendly, or are we so cold at this point we couldn’t care less about the sartorial situation?
It’s probably a bit of both, with one great news that sort of bends both ways: LAYERING. It’s the #1 secret to both staying warm and looking sophisticated. And it’s road-tested by moi prior to my offline-flu-situation.
How to layer in winter?
1.WEAR TWO SWEATERS. As ridiculous as this sound it’s really not that bad, and this is coming from a girl – me – who is known to hate thick clothes and layering like a fucking onion. I just don’t like to feel like a damn sausage in clothes you know. I wanna be warm, but I also wanna be able to move and if possible look somewhat normal.
HOW: wear a tight thin fabric sweater and layer it over with a thick cardigan.
I love to keep both sweaters in the same color range (neutrals more preferably. it’s my current obsession). It looks more sophisticated. All black, all nudes and greys, all solid blues or reds.
2. WEAR TWO JACKETS. This is the definition of sophistication. Again… it may cause a wtf reaction but once you try it you’ll see my point.
HOW: layer spring + winter jackets. A leather or denim jacket under a long coat, or a fur coat. Play with texture, and lengths. Pop collars, add scarves, gloves, zipper details. You will look ‘Fashion Week Street Style Envy’.
3. WEAR BODYSUITS. Nooooo, not those ultra sexy sultry lace styles. The cotton ones, the cozy ones, with long sleeves. They are perfect for a keep-you-warm-base and easy to build on layers because they don’t bulk. I swear sometimes fashion is like architecture.
HOW: pick neutral colors (nudes, greys, black) and layer absolutely whatever you wish on top: sweaters, shirts, button-downs, dresses)
4. WEAR TURTLENECKS. Amen to turtlenecks. Nothing in the world will ever beat a turtleneck’s coziness. Maybe a perfect turtleneck bodysuit, BUT you can layer these two for a double perfect warm-style situation.
Aaaaaaaaah. (in singing voice).
HOW: you can pick fitted turtlenecks to wear them in a more 70s or posh kinda way, tucked in your pants or jeans or skirts, and layer them with vests, and shirt dresses, blazers, OR – you can opt for massive turtlenecks as big as your heart (awww!) in ‘clean’ colors – white, black, nudes – or, bold solids or prints. The good news is you can layer underneath these whatever the hell you want. You certainly got the room.
5. DO IT ALL AT ONCE #1 #2 #3 #4. Okay, let’s recap then: bodysuit + fitted turtleneck + sweater + cardigan + leather jacket + coat. And in case you’ll still be able to move throw a scarf and beanie in there.
Oh lord. I’m feeling 20 pounds heavier as we speak. But it’s either that or shacking in the blizzard cold like a damn leaf. If I hadn’t had a cold right now I’d have definitely picked the latter. Stupid you may think. And you’re right.
So I guess it’s a stuffed-sausage-fashion-season pour moi.
“Ahhh… I must be getting old”, says I, as I’m wrapping a second scarf around my skinny neck. At least I’ve still got something skinny about myself. #BlowsNose