January 8, 2012

Refresh Your Cold-Weather Look in 3 Easy Ways

What do I love about getting ready for cold-weather? I love that I can basically wear anything from summer and layer it up, or wear something that's more cozy than "appropriate" because everything's hidden under my long winter coat anyway :) Not exactly a fashionista's answer, but it's true :) I definitely put more effort into my outfits in warmer weather--when each layer of clothing matters--as opposed to colder weather, where only the outer-most layers really matter.

But this level of coziness is a double-edged sword. Unless you own multiple winter coats, and more than one pair of super-cozy winter boots, you'll be spending your winter days in the same colors. Are you going to be the "girl in the red coat and Uggs" all winter? Or will your once-sophisticated black ensemble blur into crowds of monotonous wool? I've spent winters decked in bright colors and in neutral colors, but no matter what kind of winter coat I purchase, walking around in the same all-encompassing coat can get drab and boring, after a while.

It almost takes the fun out of fashion...until you realize you can freshen up your look with the right accessories! The following essentials are just the way to accessorize your cold-weather outerwear throughout the months, and avoid mid-season style burn-out! These are more affordable alternatives than purchasing multiple winter coats, that's for sure :)

Click for details: Grey and Red Ruffle Wraps; Patchwork Sweater Cape
1. Shawls/Wraps
Without a doubt, every hijabi should have a few shawls that are large enough to drape over your shoulders. Thicker shawls are an especially cool pick-me-up for cold weather because you can wear them in multiple ways and play around with different looks throughout the season. They can even act as a substitute for winter coats during unseasonable weather or when the temperature jumps around. It's definitely a great idea to keep your favorite shawl around the office or in your car.

 Left to Right: Mink Basketwoven Leather, Teal Bow Detail, Teak Buckle Detail
2. Complementary Gloves
Another easy way to refresh your look is to invest in two pairs of gloves, rather than one. Look for punchy colors and subtle detail to complement your winter coat. Don't underestimate the effect a well-selected pair of gloves can have on your outerwear look. A black coat with the braided brown pair above creates a sophisticated and mature vibe, while the teal with bow detail creates a fresh, young appearance. Alternating gloves based on your mood is a fun way to keep your winter style personally yours.

Sources (left to right): Fur, Fair Isle Knit, Grey Knit
3.Leg Warmers
    Expand your winter footwear selection, while staying warm, by adding leg warmers over your pants. The pic on the furthest left, above, illustrates how chic wedges can look like a new pair of boots, simply by adding furry leg-warmers. Stick to short fur trim that is shaped like a tube because long-hair fur that flares out is a distinctly "raver" style.
    The snapshot in the middle features a funky, chunky knit worn over grey shooties. This is a great shot of how you can pull off a slouchy look with relaxed jeans--the sweater-like material is bunched up around the calves, rather than up to the knees, so it's not overwhelming. Chunky knee-high leg warmers are often paired with tights, skinny jeans, and similar fitted/revealing looks, but since you'll want to maintain your hijab-standard of modesty and avoid fitted clothing, calf-length is the best length to pair with loose jeans.
    If you prefer knee-highs, maintain overall balance by minimizing the thickness/slouchiness of the fabric (as seen in the furthest right photo, above). This look works nicely with flats, and can be paired with warm socks for a chic, layered look.

We hope you enjoy these ideas for adding a little change to your daily winter wear! Let us know if you've already tried any of these, below! :)


Maya Russinta said...

waa supaa cute~

sarah riaz said...

i love the gloves idea! a pair of eye catching leather gloves can really bring an outfit to the next level


Snow goggles said...

wow,such a nice collection..i will visit again... 

Shawl Designer for YE said...

Love the grey wrap. I work for a unique shawls & wraps site called yourselegantly.com  that has similar ruana wraps and I have a grey one, an ivory one and a black ruana cape wrap. Such a fantastic fall look ruana!

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