Cold weather style guide: How to look fashionable in a blizzard
By Brittany Anas
For all those wishing for a White Christmas, your dreams were answered — albeit a little early. Winter Storm Dion (as he’s being called) walloped the West last week and the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast are seeing lots of snow and ice from the storm this week. Hey, Dion even dared to mess with Texas, coating part of the Lone Star state with ice before it moved to the East Coast.
In a perfect world, you’d look as chic and serene as a figurine in a snow globe. In reality, though, snow and ice storms mean so many layers you eventually look like a snowman with a limited range of motion — topped off with melting mascara and cheeks that are more wind-burned than they are rosy.
With several Winter days ahead of us (technically, Ole’ Man Winter doesn’t even arrive on Dec. 21), here’s how you can look hot — in the cold. We found stylish and cozy winter looks from JCPenney, where you’ll earn 9 percent Cash Back on your purchases.
- Invest in a great coat. If you haven’t already, now is definitely the time to buy because winter coats are going on sale. If you are coat shopping, here’s a good rule to go by: Buy one neutral coat and one fun one. The neutral coat — in a classic black or camel — will be your go-to, day-to-day coat. But, a fun one — with a pattern or a bright color — will take your winter wardrobe to the next level and add a pop of color to an otherwise gray day, for the weekends or for the commute to the office. A colorful coat will look great layered over your winter neutrals — like creams, grays and beige. Remember when you’re coat shopping to size up so you have some room to wear bulky sweaters.
Our picks: For a classic jacket, this Worthington belted Wool-Blend coat from JCPenney does the trick. It’s on sale for $109.99 in caramel latte or herringbone. The belt adds a touch of sophistication. For a fun coat, we chose this Worthington Zip Wool Coat in a bright wintery blue (pictured).
- Rely on accessories. Give your hall closet a good clean-out and get rid of any mismatched gloves or winter accessories that don’t “go” with your coats. Invest in a pair of nice, classic gloves — like these Stafford Houndstooth leather gloves (on sale for $15) and tuck them in the pocket of your coat so you have an instantly “put-together” winter look. Bonus points for a knit scarf and hat. Keep the cold-weather accessories near the coat for a “grab-and-go” look — which is essential for those mornings when you weren’t planning for 6 inches of extra snow on the roadways.
- Layer with intention. It’s tempting to throw on layers upon layers of long johns and thermal shirts and call it good. But to stay warm without looking too bulky, a go-to layering trick is to pair a T-shirt under a button-up-shirt and top with a sweater. (If the heat is cranked up in the office, this look will let you peel of layers). Look for a color palette that draws the layers together — but play with textures and patterns. Here’s a go-to layering combo: A cable knit color blocked sweater with a plaid long-sleeve shirt topped off with a pretty statement necklace that hits at the collarbone.
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