This week’s FASHION Magazine Style Panel challenge was all about the number one sartorial dilemma of the colder months. The peril in question, of course, is managing to stay warm with a relatively insulating coat without looking like the Michelin Man. And if you’re anything like me (read: near hypothermic 90% of the time), you can’t mess around when it comes to staying warm during the winter.
Some of you lovelies have very kindly commented on some of my most recent posts that layering is one of my style strengths, and while I think there are tons of bloggers out there who do it much better, I definitely have to commend myself for having strengthened my layering muscles over the past few years. Granted, this was mostly out of necessity rather than being style-conscious, but all the practice did result in me learning a few new favourite styling tricks.
Here’s a recent fave: take some knee-length wool socks and instead of layering them over your skinnies and wearing them bunched around your ankles, stretch them right up to the knee under a pair of thick skinnies (these dark rinse ones from Fidelity are amazingly warm) – not only does it cover that much more skin (and trust me, every square inch of skin covered goes towards upping overall warmth), but if you tie in the colour of your socks with the rest of your look, it works well in adding depth to your outfit.
Layering up on tops is really the best way to go, though: it might not look I’m wearing bulky layers here, but I have on a thin cotton tank top, a cotton 3/4 length sleeve top, a thin cashmere cardigan and my jolly-hued Old Navy coat. The colder it gets, the more I add on (think another T over top of the tank top or another thin sweater underneath the cardigan).
Another thing I always try to do is to pick coats that have at least a hint of colour, or in this particular instance, a whole lot of cherry red. I just find it adds some cheeriness to otherwise boring winter looks.
Check out the rest of this week’s Style Panel tips to see how all the other girls werk their coats in cold temps!
Image via FASHION Magazine