Winter/ cold weather style is a great way to show off how fabulous and weird you are. Being a midwesterner myself, I resigned to the fact that once mid-November hits, Hell will be frozen over until April and will be a PMSing bitch immediately before and after. Although we’re in the throws of winter, we still have at least 10 weeks of sunless, face hurting air, freezing rain weather to go. So we buckle down, layer up, and make it weird.
A Fabulous Coat
There’s nothing worse than going to a great party in a great outfit, and having to wear the coat that your shlep groceries in. It’s always great to have a statement coat that you can feel fabulous in whether you’re having a date, bundling up for a tree lighting, mid woods seance, or a boozy brunch.
Tall, ankle, Chelsea, over the knee (not “thigh- high”…apparently it’s hookerish. Thanks guest from Straight Up With Stassi), there are so many options. Because I’m likely not walking nearly as much as when the sun is shining, I tend to like more or a heel.
Emphasis on the opaque. As Blaire Waldorf famously once yelled at one of her minions “TIGHTS ARE NOT PANTS!” I’m pretty well endowed in the booty arena, so it is an actual nightmare of mine to have a see-through situation…discovered suddenly in a store mirror…around less well endowed peers. I don’t need to make an argument for these God sends, just make sure you’re camel-toe and pantie-show free.
I need to have my scarf clear up to my ears. The bigger the better. I like an infinity style because I find them more managable, but I do have a great long-ass white one from a knock off shop in Berlin. I have yet to conquer a blanket scarf, but I think their super chic, very midwestern of me. They’re also great if you want to have a no make-up day. Scarf, hat, sunglass, no problem.
Give me a big sparkely pom, preferably faux fur. A slouchy beanie is a no from me. I don’t understand how they stay on your head! It looks like a balancing act. No thank you. Headbands are cute for a not so cold day. I notice that there is nothing covering the top of my head, it feels incomplete. But they work great with a high poney. If you are fortunate enough to live in a not-so-windy area (sorry greater Chicago area), a felt brimmed number is very witchy bitchy.
Layers, layers, layers, people!! Camisoles provide insulation, and a extra shelf to make for bra-less days. If there is nothing else good about winter (and post holidays the pros are pretty hard to come by) there is the fact that it’s super easy to go a whole day bra-less.
Big, over sized, cozy mutha fukas. I like them big enough that none of the fabric actually touches my torso when I’m vertical. With a camisole insulating me, and some opaque leggings maximizing my range of motion, I’m unstoppable.
Nothing inspires my inner narcissist like a pair of big tortoise shell Erika Ray Bans. Sunglasses are not just for summer. With the ball of fire in the sky reflecting light off the snow, it’s a little too much joyful light for my black heart to take. Mirrored lenses are super on trend, bonus points for rose gold. Large round frames are timeless, but are also having a moment right now. The most important things to remember are to find a frame that maximizes the hotness of your face, and make sure their polarized so your eye balls don’t burn.
Tinted moisturized with SPF, groomed brow, quality lip balm. Done. Keep yo shit moisturized!! When it’s time to glam up, you’ll be working with a supple palette that won’t be as prone to caking. Cake is for stuffing you face, not your foundation.