“Oh the weather outside is frightful.. but the fire is so delightful.. but since we’ve no place to go.. let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!”
Yes.. let it snow.. *Sigh* how to be fashionable in the winter can be a challenge. There are people who use that excuse to dress like slobs. But NO, I don’t think there is a time to be a slob. The only time I can think of when being a slob is OK is when you’re cleaning the bathroom. lol.
First things first. I think it’s always great to invest in some thermal underwear. Whether it be tops or bottoms, they will keep you warm all winter long. You can find inexpensive ones at Old Navy, Target, or if you want the professional stuff that skiers use, you will need to get Under Armour. They sell it on Amazon.com, (yes another one of my favorite online stores) They can be a bit expensive but start in the $30-$40 range. For me I need leggings to wear inside my pants to keep my legs warm in the winter.
For a fashionable coat in the winter, a good thick trench coat never goes out of style. I also have a good stack of cardigans; I don’t know why people think they’re unfashionable, if you find some lovely ones with beading, sequins, or lace, then why not? Cardigans look best if worn with a button down shirt underneath.
To spice up a dull season I always get sweaters with some sparkle in them, whether it be it sequins, beading, etc. Plus they look more festive during the holiday season. If you feel really cold & hate wearing layers I find it best to throw on a thick fuzzy sweater. Also an infinity scarf always looks nice in the winter.
Also for me what’s a relatively new idea: dresses in the winter. For me it’s usually kind of sad because I love dresses & reserve them for the summer. BUT I have come across coworkers that wear dresses in the winter. Why not? There are lots of nice sweater dresses out there. I had 1 co worker who would wear a long coat, long boots, but a dress/skirt inside. She would always wear pantyhose/stockings, & change her shoes at work. Another coworker introduced me to another thing that I never tried: insulated leggings! Which you can find at TJMaxx for $5-$10. (You can find fur lined ones!) I just bought a pair so I will give it a try. We shall see because I don’t like pantyhose, & nor do I have long boots. BUT it’s another fashionable option in the winter.
Above: a Fall collection from H&M, proof that you don’t need to spend a fortune to look good
Where to get all these things on a budget? New York & Company is another one of my favorite stores all year round (they have sales all the time); and they are starting to offer cute things at JCPenney (such as Mango & Joe Fresh) I buy most of my sweaters from Forever21. They have come a long way in the past ten years, now offering a plus size line as well. H&M always has cute things. I do get a bunch of them from Macys; INC is one of my favorite brands there. The key to shopping at dept. stores is that you have to wait for the sales. Shop what you want online & bookmark your favorite items. Especially at a store like Macys, they might discount an item 2, 3 times before it sells out. Check back at your bookmarks to see your items lower in price. The key to smart shopping? Patience. Always, Always, wait, shop around, & compare prices.
Investments? I think it’s good to invest in an Amazon Prime membership. They literally sell EVERYTHING on Amazon these days, especially hard to find items. Yes, the price is going up, but the great thing is that you can split the membership with a couple of people. Family, friends, coworkers, you name it. Another one to think about is a Macys credit card. Yes, I know personally I don’t like credit cards but this is 1 to think about. They do have sales quite often (every holiday, actually) and you get more percentage off if you do have a card. Plus they will send you coupons in the mail. And a great thing is that you can pay off your balance at the register, which is a good idea, so you don’t incur late fees.
And finally? retailmenot.com! Great site for coupon codes! Always check there before buying something online. Always! There are other site that have coupon codes as well, like couponcabin.com.
Don’t use winter or any excuse to be a slob. And as I’ve mentioned above there are great places to buy things at low prices. Sometimes I warn people but I have seen women that i.e. are 40 but dress like they’re 50; because they have families & they’ve stopped caring, etc. for whatever reason. In the words of the great Coco Chanel, “A girl should be 2 things: classy and fabulous.”