Spoiler: It's all about proportional silhouettes...
Here are 5 tips and tricks that I have found to be super helpful in putting together my winter wardrobe for a cohesive look. Whether you are a fan of comfortable basics, or a well-crafted proportional look, read on to see how you can improve winter layering.
1. Start With Accessories
The first tip for winter laying is to start with accessories. Since it's been extremely freezing in Alberta, I am starting to wear my thick pashmina scarves and store the light, chiffon hijabs in my summer clothing bin. This particular scarf has been on constant repeat for the last few weeks since the temperatures dropped. It is really thick and cozy and the off-white colour is perfect for as a contrast to my dark, caramel skin. Plus, it is the best way to spice up even the most basic black jacket and black moto boots.
2. Texture is Key
When you are swathed in head to toe clothing, go for interesting textures to keep the outfit looking interesting. Here I paired a cashmere coat with a fur gilet, a suede shirt and a cotton taupe skirt. My mixed-up look keeps it from looking flat and one-dimensional. In particular, I love the fur gilet because it's a sleeveless vest so I can always remove it when it gets warm.
3. Mix Up Your Neutrals
Taupes, leopard print and blacks are the easiest colours to mix and match during winter. Any combination of the three will flow perfectly, no matter how many layers you pile on. In this case, I went with a leopard clutch as the third element to the look. Guys, I am officially leopard obsessed. I have two scarves, one coat and now, a clutch...help?!
4. Keep It Light
Rocking a below the knee cashmere coat is easy if you wear the right textures underneath. Silky blouses are lightweight and great for layering up - you can add a jacket on top and still keep a sleek shape. I am not particularly a fan of a heavy, puffy coat, they tend to get cumbersome and restrict your movement. With a wool or cashmere coat, buy a size bigger so you can layer a fur or bomber jacket.
5. Long Sleeves Under Short Sleeves
Don't retire your favourite blouse or summer dress just because the weather is chilly. Throw it over a long sleeve top, mine is a black suede shirt, for a totally unexpected look. Bonus points if your sleeves sport fashion-y details such as velvet, sued or a lace design.
BONUS: Belt It
Your flawless shape can easily get lost in a heavy winter coat, so throw on a belt to emphasize your waist without freezing your but off. I love wrap coats because it emphasizes your the most narrow part of our body, your waist. Cinch that waist and you'll instantly feel more sexier.
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