Everyone knows that to stand the New York winter “wonderland” you need several warm layers. But how can you do that to look more like Danielle from We Wore What and less like the Michelin man? Here are some of my favorite looks this winter season.
Layer with vintage
First, please do layer to keep yourself warm. We don’t necessarily care if you get frostbite, but remember that illness isn’t chic. Use a heat-tech undershirt from Uniqlo, one or two print cardigans (that match) and a heavy overcoat. Here’s a neat trick: shabby chic is particularly cool in the winter months, so go vintage with your outerwear. I personally have been using an oversized burgundy velvet mens blazer that I got for FREE at a thrift shop in Gainesville, Florida. See how easy this shit is?
Be mindful of necklines
Even if you’re one of those people who would rather cover up than show cleavage and risk a chest cold, a good balance of neckline layers is very important. In other words, use just one or, or two hugely contrasting, neckline layers. If you’re rocking the deep V, do not put a crew neck tank under it. Even wearing two disproportionate crew neck layers looks unintentional. And there’s really only one secret to fashion: intention. If you’re running low on laundry, cover the neckline with a scarf, but beware not to wander into white girl territory and make circle scarves a “must have.” When in doubt – turtle neck it.
From Namesake chic custom leather to Chico’s Folk Art Specialty, we are seeing this trend everywhere, and it’s time you jumped on board. In fact, fur collars were on Vogue’s list of fall/winter trends. It’s the evolution of faux fur everything, and it’s beautiful in a subtly man-eating type of way.
Fishnets under ankle-length trousers
It’s a look. And we don’t want to see you put opaque tights under boot cut Old Navy jeans with a pair of Claire’s flats – or whatever. Just copy this combination, pair it with some loafers and move on.
It’s far too easy to blend with the masses in the winter time. The two easiest ways to do that? Wear obnoxiously too much or obnoxiously too little. Stand out in the New Yorkian sea of down jacket tourists with a strong shoulder. That goes for both fashion and vaguely aggressive walking styles. Just to be clear, a strong shoulder never includes this “cold shoulder” trend. It ain’t cute when it’s cold.