In order to feel comfortable during the wintertime, it's important to choose clothes that are both practical and fashionable. On the one hand, you must wear them to work, which means that you need to look professional regardless of the season. On the other hand, because it is winter your clothes also need to protect you from the elements. In order to navigate these eventualities, you want to keep the following three tips in mind when you're shopping for your winter wardrobe.
Shoes and Boots
Having a couple of different pairs of shoes and boots to choose from during the winter will help you navigate the cold and snowy weather. For example, it's important to know that there is a difference between snow boots and winter boots. Winter boots are designed to keep your feet warm and snug, though not necessarily dry (to an extent). Snow boots, on the other hand, really are designed to keep your feet both warm and dry in snowy conditions. Sometimes, your winter boots will not be enough if you must walk through snow and ice. It’s important to be aware of the conditions that cause slips and falls and choose shoes or boots with good traction. In cases like these, it’s best to wear the boots that are appropriate for the weather conditions and if necessary, change into another pair of shoes or boots once you're inside. Finally, don't underestimate the importance of a good pair of socks. The right socks will help keep your feet warm for longer, an important consideration if you're going to be out in the cold for a while.
Accessories can serve two purposes in the winter. First, they make quite a fashion statement. A colorful scarf, a beret or a chic pair of gloves can look quite fashionable and allow you to introduce some trendy elements to your winter wardrobe, without spending a great deal. Accessories usually cost less than, say, a winter blazer or coat. However, the right accessories can also help to keep you warm and toasty. For example, a scarf that you tie around your neck helps to keep the cold wind and snow away from your face and neck. Some accessories, like sweaters, also allow you to dress in layers if you wear them over a t-shirt and blouse. Layers tend to keep you warmer and can keep you from getting cold-related illnesses like frostbite and hypothermia. They also have an advantage; once you're inside, you can start taking some layers off if you get too warm.
One of the real challenges that come with winter is the psychological effect that gray and dreary days have on you. Much of the time, you’re hidden under layers and layers of drab clothes. They keep you warm, but they often lack pizzazz. In light of this, investing in a few statement pieces like a bold red coat or a floral cardigan can give your winter-weary heart an emotional boost. While it may be cost-prohibitive for you to buy too many of these pieces, just investing in even one piece, like a snappy winter coat, can make all the difference to your winter wardrobe and to your psyche. Choosing the right clothes for winter requires that you keep both fashion and the winter weather in mind. These pieces are designed to not only keep you warm and dry in the coldest months but also to allow you to make a professional statement at work.
That being said, you can spend a lot of money on clothes if you're not careful. That's why spending money on one good statement piece, like a bright coat, or investing in several stylish accessories, like scarves or pretty gloves, can help you remain fashionable and warm at the same time.