Life & Style

Revamping traditional winter accessories

Scarves are an easy way to update your wardrobe in the colder months. 

Scarves are an easy way to update your wardrobe in the colder months. 

Image By: Lauren Weinhold and Photo Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

It’s that inevitable time of the year again: walks to class feel longer, we are teased with sneak previews of spring, but because we live in Wisconsin, it’s still cold out. As a result, motivation can be hard to grasp, which makes it important to find the easiest possible route to practical style.

In the colder months, it’s common to feel a bit lacking in the style department under all those layers, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. Choosing smart accessories to your outfit will not only keep you warm, but help you find that balance between looking and feeling great.

Textured Scarf

A scarf with an interesting texture or print is a must-have for any winter wardrobe. The accessory can be paired with any outfit and will instantly make it look like it required more effort than it actually did.

Pair a neutral-colored (black, white or gray) scarf with other neutrals for a chic, monochromatic look or a printed top like flannels, cardigans and sweaters. Brightly colored or patterned scarves are especially great in the winter because they brighten up your face giving you a fresh, well-rested look.

Interesting shapes like infinity or long-end fringe add a layer of texture that provides warmth to you and interest to the outfit.

Hats and headbands

Hats are something that should be worn in the cold anyway, so why not update them with modern fits? Beanies can be thrown on with any outfit and can even be left on indoors for second or third day hair.

Leave your hair up or sling it into a low pony and a knitted beanie, with or without a fluffy ball on top, will add extra flair to your look. If “hat hair” becomes a problem or your hair is in something like a high bun, a cute knitted headband that covers your ears will do the trick as well.

Hats are also an easy way to play with the different styles in your closet. While they are the key to staying warm on a long commute, particularly chunky or thick knits can add an edge to soft lines and pieces with a traditionally “feminine” silhouette.

Socks

While necessary for outfits at nearly any time of the year, certain types of socks can give your outfit an effortless style boost. Pick unique materials like wool, sherpa or sheer fabric.

Style long fluffy or knitted socks by having them peek out from your ankle boots leaving you warm and ready to take on the day.

Mittens

Although not as convenient as gloves, mittens have a certain charm you just can’t get with gloves. All you need to do is find a pair you like and style it with the rest of your accessories for a cute, cozy look.

Mittens with a pattern definitely add more charm, but, if you’re more minimalistic, a solid or neutral color is fail-proof.

A great cold-weather accessory is anything that can get you excited to get dressed in the morning or, at the very least, not make you dread it. During the cold-weather months, a layered outfit can easily be elevated by mixing textures, styles and silhouettes. Although it feels nice to look good styling your clothes, it’s all about what you feel most comfortable wearing.

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