Ladies, if you were too busy with Super Bowl Sunday this past weekend, Feb. 2 was also Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil unfortunately saw his shadow meaning that we have to deal with six more long weeks of winter. In a tradition that dates back to 1887 we've all grown accustomed to waiting eagerly to see if this world famous groundhog will give us the good news of an early spring or the bad news of being stuck in winter clothes for another six weeks. But now that we know to look forward to more snowy and dreary days, how about breathing some life into your winter wardrobe with some refreshing ideas to get you through?
Brighten up your winter coat for an instant new look. It's really easy actually with the right accessories. If your coat has a belt, switch it out for a textured belt in vibrant print or a bright color. Depending what type of coat you've been wearing try different types of belts like the following suggestions:
Puffer coats + wide metallic stretch belt.
Animal print coats + squared wide belt in brown, black or even red (depending on the print).
Puffer vests + thin chain belt.
Biker inspired coats + beaded leather belt.
Parkas + cotton rope belt.
Pea coat + vibrant colored patent leather belt.
If your coat doesn't have a belt, use a brooch, shabby chic flower clips or a cameo pin to change up the look of your coat. And don't forget the scarf! Scarves can bring life back to a coat by just wearing a scarf of a different color or texture. (Read here to learn more fun ways to tie scarves).
Who doesn't own a bunch of sweaters this time of the year? Ready to breathe new life into them? Follow these tips:
Dig into your boyfriend/significant other/husband's closet and pull out all those big burly oversized sweaters that you love so much and pair them up with some warm textured tights and shorts. That's right shorts! Don't be afraid to rock them now especially since you still have six more weeks of winter.
Give your oversized sweaters some definition and take the shapelessness out of them by layering on a moto jacket. When paired with leggings and boots its a look that will define your shape versus the completely shapeless look we sometimes embrace when it's cold outside.
Lastly, those maxi dresses you're dying to wear as soon as it gets warm outside? Fish them out now and layer your oversized sweaters over them and pair with your favorite boots.
Take your weekend look of layering (like layering a short sleeve tee over a long sleeve tee or even over a lightweight flannel) and take it to the next level by pairing it with a pencil skirt for work or leather/waxed jeans for a night out. Don't forget the accessories like a statement necklace or a holographic clutch for a high end look.
If you haven't embraced one of the hotter trends for pants from this past fall and into winter; track pants (slouchy pants) what have you been waiting for? This is the perfect time to pair up a sporty pair with a cropped ¾ sleeve jacket (from your spring wardrobe!) over a long sleeve button up or chambray shirt. With the right accessories like ankle boots and a statement necklace, this look is anything but sport.
Treat your dresses like they were tops. Take your body con dresses and pair them up with a textured (like jacquard) full skirt. Wrap dresses can be paired up with flared jeans and boots. If you have a patterned dress that you love or a dress with a bottom half that you love, layer a chambray top over it, button half way, then tie at the waist. To complete the look for a more polished effect, add a belt and finish the look with ankle boots. (Click here for how to).
The number one rule to make it through the next six weeks? Accessorize! Nothing changes the look as quickly and as easily as accessories do. Whether its scarves, statement jewelry like necklaces and watches, brooches and pins, millinery (cloches, bowlers, baker boys etc...) use them to play and change up your outfits for the final days of winter!
Ready for some inspiration? Check out the slideshow for some revamped winter wardrobe looks.
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