Baby, it’s cold outside. And, with the current state of things, we’re staying home … a lot. It’s a difficult time of year to feel polished. The holiday come-down on top of a COVID resurgence certainly puts a damper on our most hopeful style intentions for 2022.
Even in the ‘best’ of years, my clients struggle in January and February to look put-together, while trying not to look too relaxed or slouchy. During these months, we tend toward items that are comfortable and oversized, and it can be hard to feel confident. But, there are plenty of ways to freshen your wardrobe to achieve a fashionable look while staying warm, and without sacrificing the ‘comfort’ factor. Here are three timely trends (plus shopping and styling tips!) to help you achieve a polished and comfortable winter look.
3 Winter Style Tips for Polish + Comfort: Puffer Jackets, Comfy Dress Pants, Leisure Sets
Polished in a Puffer
It’s easy to just pull your old-reliable wool coat out of the closet every year and make it work. But currently, the puffer coat is the winter item you need in your wardrobe. It will ‘finish’ your outfits and keep you warm in the process!
The puffer coat has been a staple on the slopes and on the runways for the past few seasons. The easy, cozy, and stylish look has exploded this year, and the options are endless. There are flattering looks for different body types with every color and fabric represented. The lengths can be cropped/short, mid-length, and three-quarter length to long, and here’s what to know about each option:
Cropped/Short: These cropped jackets are usually oversized. They are more popular with workout attire, giving a Hailey Bieber vibe. They can also hit at the waist.
Medium: This puffy jacket covers your bottom or hits mid-thigh. It is a good length for most heights and not as overwhelming.
Three-quarter-length or Long: This coat hits below the knee, and it’s available in a variety of lengths to suit your height. This style is a must when added warmth is called for.
Here are a few different puffer looks:
Tips for Buying + Styling a Puffer Coat
Check out these tips for choosing a puffer coat to suit your needs. Also worth noting, coats are starting to go on sale. Keep your eye on your favorites and put them in your shopping cart. In the next month, more will be added and you can find a deal on a lasting purchase.
- Be sure you have enough room under your arms and across your back to move comfortably. Don’t size down just because it feels bulky.
- Make sure the color or style you choose is versatile and works with your wardrobe. It can be a statement if your clothes are usually neutral, sporty if you wear more athleisure or streetwear, or classic in a neutral color.
- Be sure it provides warmth. If you are in a cold climate, you will need a longer jacket.
- Patch pockets are a nice detail, but concealed pockets create less bulk across the hips and thighs.
- Hoods are great to have but also nice to take off at times. Check to see if the hood is removable.
- Make sure the length and style are the most flattering on your body type:
- Try a more tapered coat for a slimming look.
- Try a jacket with a belt or tailored waist for less bulk.
- The three-quarter-length and longer jackets work best if you are 5’5″ and above.
- Mid-thigh-length or short usually works best for more petite women.
- Collared jackets that can open to a ‘V’ are most flattering and draw the eye upward.
The Comfy Dress Pant
Athleisure-inspired and figure-flattering, these pants work for both professional and dressy attire. Most importantly, they are comfortable sitting on a ZOOM call, running errands, or on an airplane. The go-to workout brands have upped their game to provide women with versatile options. The once-casual leggings and sweatpants are now defining an elevated look. They fit well and wear well throughout the day.
There are styles for different body types, including the wide leg, jogger, straight leg, and flare. Fabrics are a mix of soft cotton, flannel, and Spandex. Sizes range from XXS to 3XL in many brands, so everyone can find the right fit.
The Elevated Leisure Set
Monochromatic jogging suits and tracksuits offer an updated version of the matching sweatsuits we’ve seen over the past couple of years. Higher-end brands have taken the cue as well as the athleisure boutiques, and they have given us great options for everyday wear. You can mix and match the two pieces with other items from your wardrobe, but wearing them together is more polished. They work with sneakers of course, but look great with lug-soled boots. The pants vary from wider leg cuts to more slim-fit jogger styles. The slimmer the cut, the less it looks like a sweatpant. I’m seeing this trend in varying styles on both young girls and women.
This season, try working in the puffer coat, the comfy dress pant, and the elevated leisure set to look more polished AND stay warm and comfortable all winter long.
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