Winter Wardrobe Blues? Shop Your Closet for New Fashions for Winter!
By Nancy Rotenier
Anybody already sick of their winter wardrobe, raise your hand! Winter is only one-third over, but our cold-weather clothes are wearing out their welcome. Pencil skirt? Been there. Black booties? Done that. Trendy must-have fashion is turning to “must I wear that again?!” Even wardrobe basics like jeans or an LBD are becoming a fashion yawn. Think you have nothing to wear? Think again. Create new looks from old favorites with these 5 simple fashion tips to shop your closet. You’ll get over the winter wardrobe blues without spending a dime. And cheer up. It’s almost time to shop for spring fashion trends!
1. Give a Summer Tank Top or T-Shirt a Winter Fashion Spin
Warm up your winter with your summer tanks tops and tees. The best T-shirts and tanks for winter style are straight-cut or fitted. Wear them under a shrunken blazer or chunky sweater with jeans for day. For a dressier look, pair them with a pencil skirt and tight little cardigan. Throw on a few strands of chains and pearls à la Chanel, and you’ll be winter-style ready.
2. Update Winter Wear: Make Dressy Jewelry Part of an Everyday Look
Stop saving the good stuff for special occasions. An ordinary weekday is occasion enough for fine jewelry to give new life to your winter wardrobe. That triple-strand of pearls you inherited, that gold locket from your boy—they are on trend in a season full of ladylike looks and long pendant necklaces. Wear your jewelry with work or evening looks, from a cashmere sweater to your favorite LBD. This trick works just as well with your costume jewelry, so no need to feel left out of the fun if all you have is the fake stuff—we love costume jewelry. Make your winter look feel new—all it takes is an accessory.
3. Add Winter Boots & Wear an Evening Piece by Day
You’ve worked a look from day to night. Now, double your winter fashion fun when you wear your night look by day. Wear a sparkly sequin or beaded top, short-sleeves preferable, and leave it slouchy with jeans, cargo pants, or winter shorts, a big fall fashion trend. Then layer a grandpa cardigan for a funky vintage feel. Or try pairing a simple, solid-color strapless or slip dress with black tights and an edgy black boot—combat, motorcycle, wedge-heel. Add a chunky sweater—pullover or cardigan—then top it with a skinny belt in black patent leather or leopard print.
4. Cold Weather Fix: Give a Particular Piece of Clothing a New Purpose
The fastest fix for fashion boredom is to wear an article of clothing in an unintended way. Turn your mini dress into a tunic when you wear it over slim black cigarette pants or skinny jeans. Pair it with a long necklace and a feminine shoe—think ballet flat or kitten-heel slingback. Or wear sexy lingerie, like a lace-trimmed camisole, with a tailored piece, such as a blazer, pants, or straight skirt. Work this look with Tip 2 and accessorize with some classic jewelry. You’ll feel winter-fashion-reborn.
5. Add a Splash of Color to Cure Your Winter Blues
Going to keep wearing black until they come up with something darker? Listen up, color-phobic fashionistas—nothing will kiss those winter fashion blues goodbye like a splash of color. Try lipstick, a ribbon in your hair, costume jewelry, a belt, a brightly colored purse or clutch. Have a colored T-shirt from summer? Work Tip 1, or layer the shirt over a white or black long-sleeve tee. Warm colors like yellows, reds, pinks, corals, and more will snap up your look with a little summer sunshine. Only 5 months and counting!
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