Now that Halloween is officially over, Christmas has started to come out of the woodwork. Along with Christmas music starting to be played, the air has started to develop a chill to it, which leads students to begin pulling out their winter coats from the back of their wardrobes. As autumn ends and winter begins, our wardrobes tend to evolve due to the fact that our outerwear is no longer optional. Here are some tips for integrating your autumn wardrobe with winter clothing as well as a few pieces that are bound to keep one warm, no matter the weather.
Layering — Now this may sound a bit patronizing, but layering your clothing is the best way to ensure that you aren’t too hot inside but can stand up to the cold when you are out. Try a light sweater with a cozy scarf, jeans, and boots, but then throw a parka over it all to ensure that you are ready to stand up to the brisk winds coming off the North Sea. Most of the classrooms here tend to be heated quite well, which can pose a problem for those who are unable to take off a layer or two.
Socks and Tights — It may seem as if these two small items might not make a huge difference, but if your feet are cold, chances are the rest of your body is soon to follow. A pair of thick socks can protect your feet from the air getting into your sneakers or boots, while also ensuring that if it starts to rain, your feet will remain dry. Tights on the other hand can be worn under jeans to lock in extra heat, or to protect one’s legs from the cold while wearing a dress or skirt. Even if it may seem like they are thin, anything is better than exposed skin on a cold and windy day, like the ones that we are so accustomed to having during the winter here.
Hats — As well as helping our heat stay in our bodies, hats can also be quite helpful when it comes to keeping the hoods of our coats out of our eyes. A beanie or a baseball cap both work wonders, while the latter also keeps rain or snow out of one’s eyes. Matching your hat to another element of your outfit can allow for colors to pop and a stylish, and functional, look to be created. They can also be quite helpful at protecting one’s hair from the wind and rain, to prevent one from catching a chill and getting sick.
Scarves — Another accessory that seems to not be as helpful as it actually is. Scarves can block cold wind from entering your jackets, as well as covering your exposed neck, ensuring that you won’t get windburn. Larger scarves can also be turned into a wrap if you develop a chill inside, while adding another element to your outfit. Infinity scarves tend to be more of a statement piece, while the traditional long and skinny scarf can easily fit under a parka and can be wound in multiple ways, standing up to the winter chill.
Jackets Underneath Your Parka — This may not sound like the smartest idea at first, but wearing a light jacket underneath one’s parka allows for an additional layer of outerwear so that one can incorporate pieces from earlier seasons. This can also allow for one to use a light jacket as a statement piece, but rather than freezing on the walk home, the wearer remains warm and protected from the elements.
Along with these quite easy ways to ensure your warmth, make sure to look out for any sales on Asos to stock up on cold weather apparel. Make sure to look out for pieces that can be easily layered or added to an assortment of outfits. If one is looking to build a capsule wardrobe for the winter make sure to get pieces in roughly the same color scheme, allowing for all of the pieces to seamlessly fit together. Using these tips, hopefully you will be able to stay warm and stylish throughout the winter months!