A snowfall isn’t supposed to make any noise, but sometimes it sounds a whole lot like the end of fun fall fashions. Don’t let the hubbub fool you, though – chilly temps actually open up the door for a winter wardrobe that strikes a powerful balance of sporty, stylish and toasty. Remember, practical doesn’t have to be the opposite of fashionable. Winter weather loves layers, and layers give you plenty of freedom to mix and match to your heart’s content.
One killer coat can absolutely make your winter wardrobe. For a sportier look that plays nicely with snow-friendly boots, pea coats and casual wool coats are timeless classics. For something a little more devil-may-care, try an oversized wool trench paired with well-fitted jeans, a cable-knit sweater and rugged, mid-calf snow boots. Or, opt for a cropped bomber with leather gloves and a bold scarf for an outfit that pops with color and attitude.
Jeans ranging in hue from classic indigo to deep maroon keep winter fashion casual, but for something a little sportier, go with uber-versatile leggings. Solid colors paired with kick-butt winter boots like the Bearpaw Isabella work with everything from a short belted trench to a baggy, shawl-collar sweater – the latter really flatters bold prints on leggings too. Be sure to grab some fleece-lined leggings this winter – they’re comfy and streamlined, and they pack plenty of warmth as a bonus.
Knit hats create a sporty vibe without sacrificing style points. Match them with your boots and gloves, and explore styles from slouchy to fitted. While infinity scarves pair wonderfully with winter boots, sleeker square scarves and traditional wool scarves tucked into your jacket are a bit sportier. Snow on the ground doesn’t always mean the sun is hiding, so give your outfit some edge with a pair of timeless aviators or tortoise-shell shades. When you’re sporting a well-structured outfit and need a little extra storage space, set it off with a compact leather duffel.
Winter boots from Bearpaw and other brands offer warmth and durability with details such as waterproof uppers, wool collars and quilted boot shafts. This not only helps them stand up to the elements, it encourages you to play with texture. For instance, if your boots feature a bit of quilting, why not complement them with a quilted jacket? Likewise, subtly matching the wool or sheepskin peeking out of your boot tops with a wool-lined hood will definitely catch some eyes. For boots with rugged touches such as bungee laces or rivets, or for smooth polyurethane-accented boots, go with tough, sporty, and time-tested black and brown leather textures.
About the Author
Daniel Ketchum has been a professional writer since 2003, with work appearing online and offline in publications such as USA Today and Bazooka Magazine. His fashion background includes years of experience selecting, designing and fabricating theatrical wardrobe, as well as designing film wardrobe and serving as a costuming assistant on the sets of short and feature-length films.