Winter is here and, if you’re like a lot of us, you’re looking for ways to liven up the drab cool days and long, dark nights that lie ahead. The good news is that you don’t have to go far to make that happen. In fact, if you want to add a bit of warmth and excitement to your winter, all you need to do is go to your closet and get a little creative.
And as you’re cultivating your inner winter fashionist you’ll also want to make sure that your warm weather duds are safely stored away for the season. We’ll show you how to change out your wardrobe so that you’re looking and feeling like the diva you were born to be all year long.
Layer It Up
One of the best ways to get the most out of your cold-weather clothing is to get your layering on. Not only is this the perfect way to keep warm without going bankrupt on high heating bills, but it also allows you to keep in your winter rotation the items that you love, those that might be just a touch too cool without some added warmth.
Best of all, layering lets you breathe new life into your old standbys. For instance, adding a classic women’s blazer to a comfy, well-worn tee adds a touch of elegance and style that’s great both for the office and for after-hours drinks.
Sparkle and Shine
Let’s face it, after the holidays, the winter months can get pretty, well, bleak. Gray skies and short days can be a bit depressing. But it’s also the perfect occasion to bring some brightness and sparkle into your life!
So go ahead and embrace those bold colors and opt for sequins and rhinestones, particularly in your evening wear. This way, no matter what the weather is outside, you’re going to look and feel delightful.
Amp Up the Accessories
If you really want to have fun with your winter wardrobe, one of the best things you can do is get creative with your accessories. For instance, even if you’re dressing in layers, adding a statement is an eye-catching way to define your shape and keep you from getting lost amid all that fabric.
And let’s not forget about the shoes (as if we ever could)! Just because it’s frigid outside, it doesn’t mean you can’t still whip out your favorite pair of fall booties. But this time, you can shake things up a bit by teaming them with thick wool knee socks or even tights in rich colors or bold patterns.
Perhaps the best way to amp up your winter accessories, though, is by revamping your favorite coat. A classic trench, for instance, can be turned into a virtual chameleon depending on how you use it.
Your grandmother’s antique brooch, one of your old earrings, even a long necklace used as a belt can transform an old standard into a glittering jewel. But that’s not the only way to revive an old coat. Instead, invest in a new pair of gloves in bold colors, a sequined patterned scarf, or even a new cloche hat or silk ribboned fedora to replace your traditional winter knit.
When you’re changing out your wardrobe for the season, chances are there will be a few things you want to pack away until warm weather. But that doesn’t mean everything has to go into storage.
If you’re doing the layering thing or playing around with your accessories, then you’ll want to make sure those elements are easily accessible. For items that you’re pretty sure you’re not going to need or want for a while, it’s a good idea to make sure you have the appropriate storage containers.
Not everything will need to be vacuum-sealed, but you’ll want to ensure that your fabrics will be protected from pests and that your storage bags or boxes are resistant to mold and mildew. You should also wash each item before packing it away for the season.
And it’s not just your clothing that needs special care when you’re switching out your wardrobe. You will probably also be storing accessories, from hats to shoes to jewelry; That means you’ll need to ensure you have the right size and type of storage container. Stuffing oversized hats into containers that are too small may cause them to lose their shape. Likewise, piling necklaces and drop earrings into a single box without compartments can cause infuriating tangles.
The winter blahs are a thing, but that doesn’t mean that your wardrobe has to be one of them. All it takes is a little flare to turn the winter blah to bam! All it takes is the right accessories, a bit of repurposing, some creative layering, and, of course, the right storage for the season.