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Looking Fresh Even When It’s Freezing

The cold and rainy weather coming in can make it a struggle to even get out of bed, let alone put together an outfit that will keep you warm through a rainy day. But have no fear – you can still look and feel like the cutie that you are without sacrificing warmth and comfort! Here are some tips for putting together a cute and unique look despite weather that makes you want to throw on sweats. 

1. Layer up without changing your look

My winter style is essentially wearing the same outfits I would wear during the summer, but with layers underneath the tops and subbing shorts for pants or adding tights. Long sleeve crop tops are especially fun, because they allow for a flirty peak of midriff while still keeping you warm. Layering t-shirts over turtlenecks or a regular long sleeve is a cool look to start with, not to mention extremely practical for keeping you warm. Beyond t-shirts, layering a flouncy tank top over a long sleeve is great look and allows you to show off a cute top year-round. Plus, you can wear multiple long sleeves at once without anyone noticing. To keep your legs warm, tights can be layered under jeans to add that extra insulation without changing the silhouette of your look, or they can worn under shorts or skirts to create a dynamic look. 

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2. Go bold with accessories and jewelry

Accessories can spice up any outfit, and when you find yourself repeating the same pants and coat combo to keep warm, it can be a great way to keep your fits fresh. I’m personally a big fan of statement earrings, and it’s fun to build a collection of earrings over time so you have a pair for any occasion and color scheme. If you have two or three lobe piercings, wearing multiple pairs of dangly earrings at once is an original and unexpected way to accessorize. Other jewelry such as layered necklaces or rings can subtly make your outfit feel more pretty and put together. Even doing a fun nail color can add a pop of color and enhance your outfit overall. Hair barrettes can be so pretty and change the way that your hair frames your face, creating a new look. Beanies and scarves can provide a cool edge to your outfit, and they double by keeping you warm.  

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3. Invest in a few key winter pieces

Building a winter wardrobe is a good place to invest in high quality pieces that will last and really do their job keeping you cozy. Investment pieces should be fairly simple so that they could be worn with anything and will last you from season to season as trends change. An overcoat is a good place to splurge a little for high quality, because you can wear it for years and layer it over any outfit. I’ve always called these kinds of coats “inauguration coats”, because the president and first lady always wear beautiful overcoats on Inauguration Day amidst the freezing Washington, DC weather. An inauguration coat is a good investment because it will keep you warm, and it’s also a great look – power dressing, really. Other items to consider investing in could be a good pair of boots that will keep your feet and ankles warm, or some quality jeans that will last through seasons. Also, buying some statement jeans or trousers is a good way to keep your outfits interesting; I feel like it’s easy to buy lots of fun shirts and tops, but changing it up and buying a couple pairs of statement pants means that you can sport them in both winter and summer. 

4. Change up your look beyond your outfits

People tend to save dying their hair a fun color for the summer, but dyeing your hair during the winter can be a great way to feel fresh, especially because some people’s hair becomes lighter during the summer and those fun summer highlights might be growing out. If you’re not up for dyeing, getting a chop or simply changing how you part your hair can be refreshing. Experimenting with makeup is also a fun look; oftentimes, I find myself sticking to the same basic look every day, but stepping out of your ordinary makeup routine can make you feel more original and cute. A bold red lip or white liquid eyeliner can add maximum pizzazz with minimal effort. 

Ali Janku is a second year Economics and History double major. She loves writing, being outside, meeting new people, learning, and trying new things. In addition to writing for Her Campus, she works at the Manetti Shrem Museum, is an associate of Davis Women in Business, and is a performer with Birdstrike Improv Theater.
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