Winter is here and we all know what that means: hats, scarves and coats so big you can hardly fit through the door. But it doesn’t have to be that way! There are ways to stay warm and keep it fashion-forward this semester. So if you want to avoid looking like the Michelin Man walking around campus, but still want to turn heads while looking cute and comfy, you’re in luck.
These are the three must-have items everyone needs in their wardrobe this winter:
The Puffer Jacket
Now I know what you’re thinking, “I thought we were trying to avoid The Abominable Snowman look?” But with designers like Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood and Balenciaga flooding the fall and winter 2016 runways with their puffer jackets, this piece of outerwear is finally getting its chance to shine. The trick to not letting the jacket overwhelm you is balance. Pair it with a pair of sleek skinny jeans or a bodycon skirt to contrast the volume on top.
Pro-tip: The puffer jacket fits right into the current athleisure trend which blends function with style. You can wear it to go work out or you can dress it up with a pair of boots and high-waisted jeans.
Whether it’s a great coat or a cozy scarf, there is nothing that makes you feel more like royalty than draping yourself in fur. A fur coat always makes an impact and never goes out of style – you probably even have one of your grandmother’s old fur coats hanging in a closet at home. Not to mention the fact that it’s basically the best way to stay toasty without compromising on style.
Pro-tip: If you’re not quite the type to rock head to toe in fur, that’s okay! A coat with a fur lined collar or hood can still have the same great effect without being as loud.
Everyone remembers that horrible, itchy turtleneck sweater their mom made them wear around the holidays, right? Well it’s time to put those scarring memories in the past and give the turtleneck another chance because not only are they great for staying warm, but they can also look super chic! It’s all about the layering. A short, chunky necklace and leather jacket can take any turtleneck to the next level.
Pro-tip: Love that sleeveless dress that you only get to wear during the warmer months? Layer summer dresses over turtlenecks to get more use out of them.