If you live in a colder climate, your winter coat may be the garment people see you wearing most often. When you want to elevate that look, there are a few tips we can use to look more polished.
Color – We often wear darker colors in winter, but remember to keep the variety to a minimum. Wearing too many colors at once might make your outfit feel too busy. I often wear one dark color from top to bottom and then use scarves, a jacket, or my full-length coat to provide contrast.
Keep It Simple – It may look outdated if your colorful coat or jacket has a fur collar and puffer style with zippers and ties. A minimal style with sleek lines and a solid, rich color will be timeless and elegant. Another benefit is that it will elongate.
Coat Size – If your coat fits too close to the body, it will feel constricting when you layer it over knits or blazers. Try on a larger size to ensure room in the arm holes. Keep the details simple and look for elegant fabrics like wool, wool blends, or cashmere. A polyester lining may make you feel cold and clammy, not warm and cozy.
Lengths – Wear a skirt or dress about the same length as your coat. Too many contrasting layers and lengths always add width and make us look shorter.
Winter Bag – Consider wearing a leather or faux leather bag in a larger size to balance the volume of your winter coat. Your bag’s texture, proportion, and color can make you look more modern and put together.
Balance Volume – A bulky coat over a full skirt and chunky boots will make you look enormous. Keep the first layer sleek. For example, a pair of leggings with a plain sweater and pointed-toe knee-high boots in the same dark color, worn under your bulky coat, will look fabulous.
Use Accessories – Don’t forget hats, scarves, gloves and belts. These details can pull together your winter looks in unique ways.
In these photos, I am wearing a simple mock neck top here and plain knit black pants here. Similar short boots are here. The cashmere scarf in the remaining colors is here. Remember to keep the scarf away from your chin to keep it from overwhelming your face. Similar gloves and hat are here and here. The bag is here. My coat is here.
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