Is it possible to be stylish and warm at the same time? Living in the Midwest during the winter, many people will throw style out the window in order to stay warm. Completely understandable, but the two are not necessarily exclusive.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

A down parka is the warmest coat but adds bulk so make sure you aren’t mistaken for the Michelin Man! A short parka is comfortable when sitting down and while driving. Notice how the back dips down a bit covering most of the rear end, offering more warmth. The hidden drawstring keeps the mid section warm and offers the hourglass silhouette which is flattering to many figure types. To minimize the bulkiness of a longer coat, look for vertical details like snap or zipper closures. Avoid exterior hip pockets and look for pockets that are on the seam and disappear inside the coat.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

If you get cold easily there is nothing warmer than cashmere, and layering is best for changing temperatures. Cashmere is a timeless addition to any wardrobe and can be dressed up or down with different blouses and/or jewelry.  Remember that layering adds bulk so this is great for those with a smaller upper body. A tight knit cashmere in a dark color is good for someone with a larger upper body or those who like to wear their clothes close to the body as it adds warmth but not bulk.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Wrap yourself in a warm scarf. This an accessory and a clothing item. A long scarf wrapped around your neck adds instant warmth. If you haven’t tried this yet, give it a shot. You will be surprised how this warms up the entire body! Or use it as a shawl tying it with a simple knot or your securing it with your grandmother’s broach.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com

Extreme luxury—cashmere lined leather gloves! Remember that gloves offer more than warmth. Hands exposed to sun and winter cold will show age sooner. If the cashmere is too warm for you, look for something that is lighter or try fingerless gloves. These will give you the dexterity of bare hands but will protect the skin on your hands from developing age spots at an earlier age.
Advertisements