Living in Michigan where we have been experiencing temperatures so cold that nomadic Alaskans would be sympathetic, I find that staying stylish here in the harsh elements can sometimes be an afterthought. While my idealistic vibe is bundled up snow bunny, I end up rocking more of the practical yet frumpy marshmallow look. In order to solve this fashion crisis, I've taken time to put forth effort by adding some chicness to my winter attire and have since been loving the sparkle of personality it gives my once bland outfits.
Play with the details
Although I've been feeling the grey monotone look as of recent, I still like to mix it up with a clash and match of colors and prints as it can make outerwear become instantly stylish. Articles that layer to make a statement while also keeping the body warm are your typical thick scarf, a pair of gloves or socks, vests, and headwear if you're into that. Playing with contrasts and textures of these pieces creates interest and eye appeal for a more sophisticated, heightened element to your look.
I love the simplicity of an oversized sweater paired with leggings but sometimes feel it is a bit too basic for certain moods. A wrist full of stacked bracelets like from Alex and Ani, chunky necklaces, a bold watch from Pragnell jewelers, or a big pair of glasses with a funky frame develops lots of character without compromising comfort. A staple handbag also works wonders, and for this fashionable effect I adore totes or satchels with enough room to hold bulky gloves and scarves.
If layering neutrals just isn't your thing, going for a bright peacoat or patterned snow boots contrasts the white weather to elevate your winter wardrobe. Going bold with the basics of the outfit is a great way to add tons of personality, and also makes maintaining a style so effortless once the shopping is done. For new ideas on what to wear, I find tons of inspiration from various independent fashion blogs, tumblr, or the ever trendy Polyvore.
What is your favorite winter accessory to wear?