Generally speaking, I enjoy a fashion challenge: scoring that It bag in a vintage store, styling an outfit on a budget, or getting a nice bargain for that dream-dress on the seasonal sales.
Actually, I even started a whole category in this blog dedicated to all those glorious finds I get when hunting for treasures. Yes, I love a fashion challenge that much. What I don’t like though, it’s the challenge of dressing up for extreme weather. And more specifically, I have always found it difficult to dress for winter.
Being Spanish, I grew up in a very humid and wet area—we have got North-Atlantic weather in my region—meaning it rains most of the year but temperatures are rather warm, even during the coolest months. Hence, as a child, I was never taught how to dress for proper cold.
Seven years ago, the husband and I moved abroad and for the first time ever, I found myself experiencing proper winter—and by that, I mean winter in capital letters, like the type the Stark family spent 8 TV show seasons warning us about and, of course, we knew nothing of because we were
totally unprepared idiotssweet summer children. So, I had to learn. Quickly.
Looking back now, I can only feel the clothes I had for winter were unsuitable, to say the least (thermals? I was clueless about the meaning of that word…) and I had to spend a considerable amount of time and money making my research. And even so—for an embarrassingly long time—I was either freezing or making my best impersonation of a potato sack (while still freezing).
Since this is nothing but cold winter, I thought I would share with you all those little pieces of wisdom a poor clueless Spanish girl had to learn the hard way.
Here you are: my top tips on how to dress for winter (and stay stylish).
Thermals are your best friend
I am not gonna lie. It took me a while to realize there is a limited number of layers you can wear over your clothes. (Actually, it took me so long I am surprised to this day I didn’t end up like Jack Torrance at the end of The Shining movie…) The obvious solution is dressing from underneath and building up. A nice thermal tie and tights make such a difference, really. In my opinion, nothing can beat the Heattech line by Uniqlo. To me, it’s been life-changing since a friend recommended it. I can wear mostly anything with those and still feel like a human being. Guys, if that’s not the definition of success, I don’t know what it is.
And a nice coat should be your second skin
I know, Captain Obvious to the rescue. However, for most winter all people will see is your coat. Why not to invest in something that will keep you warm but is still fabulous? Personally, I am all about statement coats: they add up to your outfit in a simple way while making dressing a lot easier. If you want to play safe, go for a neutral tone that goes with everything. There are plenty of options out there depending on your taste and budget but I think we all agree a coat is such an investment piece.
Hats add the final touch to any winter outfit
I collect hats and berets in every colour of the rainbow and I can tell you it’s such an easy, inexpensive way to crown any stylish outfit. The one I am wearing in these pictures used to belong to my mother before she passed it to me and it’s about twenty years old. (You can tell I love a nice vintage piece, can’t you?) But the point is, a good hat will protect you from extreme weather, so why not to look for something you truly love?
Natural materials can be twice warmer (and fabulous)
It took me far too long but, once I said goodbye to all of that artificial knitwear and hello to my trusted 100% wool and cashmere, life was never the same. While living in Spain, I always thought it was more of a question of taste on texture but once I moved to a place with proper winter, I realized there is a difference beyond the mere aesthetics. The high price tag is there for a reason, guys. In the past, I found very nice pieces at The White Company but I’ve been obsessed over Repeat Cashmere lately. They offer a wide range of pieces from cardigans to coats in every colour and style, and I only regret I didn’t get to know them earlier.
When still cold, add pocket warmers
On particularly cold days when the temperatures drop below zero, I will wear my heavier coat but also add my secret weapon: pocket or hand warmers. In case you don’t know about them, they are a small device you heat and insert in your pockets to release heat for a couple of hours. There are several model types, including electric, gel-based, and even stone or carbon-based models, but they are an effective way to keep yourself warm during a cold wave.
And these were my tips on how to keep yourself warm this winter while staying stylish. What about you? Are there any tips you want to share?
Coat | Zara (old, nice alternatives at New Look and La Redoute)
Trousers | Zara (last season, similar model at Karen Miller)
Patent Ankle Boots | Reserved (old, amazing alternative at Russell & Bromley)
Hat | Vintage
Bag | CHANEL (Great opportunity to get it with a fair discount at Vestiaire Collective)
23 thoughts on “How To Dress For Winter Weather: Staying Stylish When It’s Cold Outside”
LOVE these tips! It took me a while to get used to the cold. I’ll admit I grew a little hate for it as I found it to be the most unfashionable season. As much as I love fashion, ultimately, I prefer not to freeze. Coats that do the trick are normally baggy and unforgiving.
It took me a minute to grasp the cold and maneuver around it when it comes to my style. I wouldn’t say I’m 100% but I think I found my grounds lol. Finding a great coat that will keep you warm yet fashionable is POSSIBLE. We just have to spend the time to really browse. I totally agree with you, natural materials are much warmer but they also come at a PRICE. I think saving up for a piece that would be in your wardrobe for years is a smart move.
Pocket warmers are also a great idea! I enjoyed reading your post! Great tips, thanks for sharing doll!
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I can only agree with everything you said. It does take time and patience to find nice winter clothes that are also practical but it is a 100% possible. I think we all have the tendency to give up when it comes to make some research but once you do it, it is totally worth it.
In Winter it’s so easy to just wear lots of layers and forget about fashion. But these are some perfect style ideas for Winter fashion, thank you for sharing 🙂
I hear what you are saying. However, I do think once you get the grip of styling winter outfits, it becomes your second nature.
Oh-Laa-Laa!!!!!!! What a chic style! I love it! Thank you for sharing your tips.
It is pleasure, Fadima! Thank you taking a moment to leave a comment. Very much appreciated.
Definitely love clothing in layers though ot may be difficult in winter. Lovely tips speacially as you moved from Spain..
Yes, coming from Spain to the UK the difference was huge, I can tell you. However, I truly enjoy dressing for winter now.
Loved this post! I have no dress sense whatsoever half the time so this was great read full of some great tips, thank you x
I am keen you found them useful. I believe we all tend to feel overwhelmed about clothes once in a while but it’s just a question of applying a few rules and following common sense, really.
I love this post! I live in Michigan USA and always struggle with how to look fashionable in the winter.
It must be absolutely freezeing during winter in there! I think it is difficul finding nice clothes for snow weather for instance, but it is all about spending time making a bit of research. Thanks God for the Internet!
I’m with you – investing in a really great Winter coat is SO worth it! I love wearing a tailored overcoat during the Winter months as it’s the perfect smart-casual piece 🙂 x
A tailored overcoat sounds like a brilliant idea. Investing in high-quality outwear is definitely a must.
Great post! I also think it’s worth investing in a good winter coat! I swapped my two last year after almost ten years. What I didn’t know is that there are even hand warmers made of carbon … Great! I also really like cashmere – we even have a really large Repeat store here in town!
You are absolutely right Anja! A good coat can last almost forever, and that’s the reason why we should invest in good quality. Oh, and you’re so lucky about Repeat Cashmere! I’d love to have a store close to my place!
We don’t have winter here in the Phils but I have traveled in places during winter and I can definitely agree that natural materials feel more comfortable and provide more warmth and can still be stylish! Great post!
Oh, it’s so nice that you have a soft winter over there, Monique. Right now, I would love to have nice and warm weather!
LOVE the bag! And absolutely LOVE how you styled it all.
Thank you Jennifer. I like styling things in different ways. It’s great to bet a good cost-per-wear.
100 percent agree! Cost per wear definitely has a hand in our decision making for big luxury purchases too! 🤍
I’m loving these tips!!
I am glad you find them useful. Please let me know of there is anything else you would like to read about.