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  • Writer's picturePatricia

How to Dress in Winter without Sacrificing Style

I spent some time over the holiday break with my husband and kids in northern Wisconsin and it was COLD! Temperatures stayed in the single digits with windchills, at times, below zero. The sun was shining brightly every day and the peninsula was covered in a blanket of snow, making it a sight to behold. Winter doesn’t look better than that! Despite the freezing cold, we tried to enjoy the outdoors as much as we could. We went sledding several times (including one evening after sunset, which the kids really enjoyed), took short hikes in the state park, and walked along the breathtaking frozen lakefront. It was such a fun time and many unforgettable memories were made. 

Sometimes it’s hard to dress in the winter without losing your sense of style and looking like an Eskimo. The key to keeping warm is layers. The more layers the better! I always start with a thin base layer such as a turtleneck or long sleeve tee. Over the layering piece, I like to add a flannel, chambray or cotton button-down shirt. My favorites are always from J.Crew  and Madewell. I add a few to my collection every season. Finally, I add a warm, cozy sweater. I love chunky, oversized knits because they fit nicely over the layers underneath, without being uncomfortable.

A warm winter coat, for the final layer is a must. Down-filled coats are my favorite, since they keep me very warm in the coldest of temperatures. They can be an investment but so worth it! It is a coat you will have and use for many years to come. The key is to purchase a classic style that is timeless. I have had my long white down coat for about six years and I use it every winter, especially when we take a trip like this one, or the temperatures are below normal and unbearably cold.

Boots and cold weather accessories are very personal additions to your ensemble that when properly chosen, your personality really shines through. Hats, scarves and gloves come in so many colors, styles and fabrics, so there is something for everyone. Changing a hat and scarf is an easy and inexpensive way to instantly change the look of an outfit. As for boots, I usually opt for leather because they are very durable and allow your skin to breath. I especially love shearling-lined boots since they keep me extra warm and toasty. Hunter boots are also a great choice for staying dry in the snow, slush and rain since they are made of rubber. They are not the warmest boots so it is wise to add a fleece boot lining or double up on the socks.

With these layered winter wardrobe essentials, I can stay warm no matter what winter throws my way. How do you dress in the fridget temperatures without losing your sense of style?

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