Happy 2016!! Here in NC January came in with a BIG burst of cold air. And for a lot of you who were enjoying the 70 degree temps December had to offer you may have been a little caught off guard. And by the looks of the forecast these chilly days are here to stay. At least for a bit.
When it came time to throw on coats, scarves, hats, and mittens at the beginning of this week it may have been the first thoughts you have had for updating tems in your winter outerwear wardrobe. Well I have great news! January is the perfect time to hit after Christmas sales to save on these much needed items.
Outerwear no matter the season tends to get overlooked as a wardrobe all its own and becomes an after thought when you are getting dressed each day. Consider your coat is your first impression on cold days, and no matter how great your look is underneath an ill fitting or mismatched coat won't do your look justice.
So to build a great Outerwear Wardrobe starts by considering your lifestyle. For example if you work in an office where you dress up each day having 2-3 coats that coordinate for work, 1-2 for weekend, and one for evening would be a complete "coat wardrobe". And from there you can build on your accessories-hats, scarves, and gloves.
Choosing a coat should be pretty simple right? Not always. Getting the style and fit right is the most important choice. And then deciding if a pop of color or pattern/texture works for you.
To guide you in shopping for your winter looks I have broken down some classics and some of the most popular styles you will see when you are shopping.
The Classics in neutrals tend to be your dressiest options. For most women Two options for work and church and one option for evening will come from this category.
A wrap style, zip front, or single breasted style is best for most shapes. A double breasted jacket will make you appear heavier if you carry weight in your upper body.
When considering your budget for your coats splurge on great quality and you will have an item that lasts for years if cared for properly.
With each new season adding in color, and trends with accessories is how you will keep from getting bored with these pieces. All of the accessories to the right fall into classic shapes, but are trending because of the faux fur and plaid patterns.