I’ve been feeling uninspired lately with my Winter dressing. Typically, I’m excited to put together an outfit in the morning but lately, I throw on a pair of leggings with a hoodie and call it a day. It’s currently 17 degrees outside so I really just want to be cozy and as warm and layered up as possible. I even have a set of pajamas that say “let’s get cozy” on the front. But I digress.
Winter dressing involves a level of complexity that just doesn’t exist in the summer. For example, navigating ice on the sidewalk, freezing cold weather and as I mentioned above, the strong urge to stay inside at all costs. It leaves me unwilling to put together anything remotely stylish so I’ve been living in jeans and a sweater. And when I say jeans, I mean yoga pants-my new mom uniform. Once I picked up on my self-imposed pattern of outfit monotony, I started to think about ways I could make my winter wardrobe more interesting, without buying anything. Enter my favorite summer skirt.
There was a point in my life in which I would pack up all my summer clothes and store them somewhere out of site only to be looked at when the weather turned. Now, I keep summer and winter clothes together, left to coexist in harmony. It’s my way of saving space and also avoiding the biannual tradition of migrating clothes between closets. With all my clothes sharing space, I have access to pieces I previously did not see for months. I no longer need to save them for the summer or vacations to warm destinations. The outfit possibilities are now endless.
I personally tend to choose aesthetics over function when it comes to getting dressed but when it is below 20 degrees outside, I start to consider how I can put together outfits that will look good but still keep me warm. Case in point, this leopard slip skirt that I wore throughout the summer of 2018. I wasn’t quite ready to part with it for colder temperatures so I started layering it with tights, over the knee boots and sweaters. Because, why not? Add a warm coat on top with a hat, scarf and gloves and you’re ready to brave the cold temperatures. This outfit kept me warm, made use of my favorite summer clothing item, and made me feel great. I therefore reached the conclusion that I can still use my favorite summer clothes without sacrificing function. Except of course for preschool drop-off, in which case I will be wearing my sweatpants, a hoodie and my bulkiest coat because it’s too early to put together anything remotely stylish while getting two toddlers out the door.
Hopefully this offers you a boost of inspiration for how to expand your winter outfit possibilities. What’s your go-to winter outfit? Are there any summer items you plan on incorporating into winter outfits? Comment below!
Outfit details: Sweater: Levi’s (so comfortable) // Skirt: Realization Par (very similar option for <$40 here and here for $30) // Boots: Joie (similar here and on sale for $80 and here for $48) // Bag: STAUD via Net-a-Porter