By Molly Bello
As soon as we can see our breath as we step outside, we stop caring about how we dress. It happens every year: we just want to bundle up. I know that when I put just a little more effort into my outfits, I feel better, and I’m not one to sacrifice much warmth for style.
There are ways to incorporate both into outfits. We can stay warm and still maintain a look that feels put together and fun.Try to avoid sweatpants as much as possible. It may sound undoable, but it will be worth it.
Fleece-lined tights are a phenomenal invention, and are warm, while still being fitted. They can be layered with looser jeans, or worn on their own. They make wearing a skirt or dress possible in the winter.
There are also leggings in all sorts of levels of thickness. Thinner pairs are perfect for wearing under dress pants for an interview, or jeans walking to class. Thicker pairs can be a more attractive version of sweatpants. With the warmth, but without the bulkiness and shapelessness.
Long socks are great layering pieces for over leggings, tights, or skinny jeans. They give outfits a cool look and add an extra layer of protection.Sunglasses may seem like an odd accessory for the winter, but the sun does still come out, and I find it just adds something extra to any outfit. Even if you wear the same coat and boots every day.
For days when the temperature is above 40 degrees, a warm vest is a great option. This allows for sleeve freedom, and gives the ability to wear sweaters we love that may otherwise be hidden by a puffy coat.
You can find a great winter hat anywhere you shop now. You can find one with cat ears, sports team logos, phrases, or crazy patterns. A hat is perfect for covering static-prone (or second day) hair, and keeping you warm. They are fun accessories that can be a part of your outdoor winter uniform. Be sure to dress warm, but you don’t need to sacrifice style to do so.
Molly Bello is a Comment Columnist. Follow her on Twitter at @mollybello.