How to Stay Warm While Looking Fashionable

Dressing up in the Fall and Winter can feel like a major struggle. Do you opt for the puffy coat that's guaranteed to keep you warm or do you freeze just to show off ...

Winter isn't fun, neither is fall. So here's my tips and tricks that I've picked up living in Canada all my life to get through the cold weather. Obviously ...

I’m sure you’re all tired of reading, talking, and thinking about how cold it is by now. Which is really too bad, because Winter has just started – and here in Toronto – it’s not going to warm up for months.

After living here for 4 years, the colder climate, winter doesn’t really get any easier— especially in urban environments. Here’s what I’ve learned since then about keeping warm in a cold, urban climate where you have to walk among the elements.

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6 Tips for Dressing in the Winter

1. Learn to Layer

There’s a real art to layering your clothes and while still looking good. There are a lot of items in this list first and foremost, put on a base layer like a pair of tights and a tank top. Bonus points if either of these are made of silk, which is super-thin and comfy. Then comes a long-sleeve shirt, a cardigan or light sweater, a sweatshirt/hoodie/other light jacket, followed finally by your coat. On the bottom, wear jeans or other thick pants. If it’s really cold, you could wear knee socks on over the tights but under your pants, or invest in leg warmers to throw on top of everything.

When it comes to layering, the idea is to make the each layer thin and snug, which prevents the bulky marshmallow-type look, which is definitely not as cute as it sounds. Plus, if you overestimated how cold it was going to be, you can always take something off. Lastly, your coat should at the very least reach the bottom of your butt.  Save those cropped, waist-length things for fall or spring, or risk and icy chill going straight up your spine.

2. Get a Tote Bag or Bigger Purse

In addition to your the layers of clothing I just mentioned, you’re also going to need a hat, gloves, and a scarf. Before I moved to Toronto, I thought these things were just fashion accessories (and they still are!), but they also go a long way to keeping you warm. Once indoors, warmth-providing accessories get taken off and you’ll need a place to put them all. You don’t want to be that person who accidentally abandons a single glove on the sidewalk.

3. Master the Costume Change

Office attire is very often not the same as cold weather attire. If you can, leave a change of clothes at work and switch out of your Arcticwear when you get there. If that’s not reasonable at your job, this is where the giant purse comes into play. Dress for the weather when you leave your house, pack a professional outfit in your bag, and change in the bathroom before clocking in. It can also be good to leave a few pairs of work shoes under your desk or in a file drawer. That way you can wear winter boots during your commute and have options when you arrive.

Check out our stylish tips for staying warm during the colder months.

4. Embrace Fur (faux fur, of course!)

There aren’t many redeeming factors about living through really cold weather fashion wise, but it is the best time of the year to rock those faux furs!  So just have fun with it! You can wear fur with just about anything to give your outfit an instant upgrade. Unvest in a statement fur topper, throw on a fur vest or stole over your winter coat, or find cool fur accent pieces like fur collars or even fur mittens to liven up your winter outfits.

5. Treat Your Feet

If it’s snowing, all the footwarmers in the world won’t help if you’re wearing thin shoes that will eventually leak. Once the temperature drops and the rain/sleet/snow combo starts, I pretty much live in snow boots. What you want is a pair of waterproof shoes with thick soles that will keep your feet as far from the ground as possible. Tread is good too, as are shoes loose enough to leave space for really thick socks. This is also a good place to take advantage of the knee-high boots trend because the more layers between you and the cold, the better.

6. Experiment with Scarves

Scarves are a fun accessory that can be worn in many more ways than simply wrapped around your neck, and winter is the perfect time to experiment. We love the retro look of a scarf tied around your head belted on top of a jacket, or even tied in a knot around your shoulders.

How to Dress for the Cold. Dress for the weather--that's an important element of dealing with cold ... Dress in layers. Use many thin, warm layers rather than a few

Outfit Details:

Outerwear: Checkered longline coat c/o Romwe
High waisted denim from Uniqlo
Top: Black turtle neck from Club Monaco
Shoes: Suede over the knee boots from Aldo

 How to Dress for Winter. Is the cold season coming and you have no clue what to wear while staying fashionable? Start reading to figure out how to be warm Dressing up in the Fall and Winter can feel like a major struggle. Do you opt for the puffy coat that's guaranteed to keep you warm or do you freeze just to show off...

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  • Carol Cassara
    December 22, 2017

    Layering is definitely important especially when you live in a place with inconsistent weather! I really love your style! That coat is so chic!

  • Rose Ann Sales
    December 22, 2017

    I really love your style! You look really gorgeous and your outfit is very fashionable!!

  • Our Family World
    December 26, 2017

    I love how you put these pieces together to create a really fashionable outfit. I agree with the choice of shoes. I love my snow boots. I don’t like it one bit if my feet get cold!

  • WhispersInspire
    December 27, 2017

    i absolutely love the boots and that coat is everything. Thanks for the great tips, I need to get me a coat like that.

  • Anibal Howell
    February 22, 2019

    Nobody can be a fake chic. But if a person wants, then he or she can be chic and fake fur. Fashion is the ultimate simplicity that should not be a form of imprisonment. Rather it should be a form of pie in the sky. Fashion is not about brands. It is not about labels. I personally believe that fashion is something that comes from within you. Choosing the right seasonal attire will keep you warm. And choosing the same kind of stuff from a trustworthy boutique will save your wallet and help you to look fashionable.

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