Bleak. Dreary. Frigid. All words that we can associate with the winter-time blues. Getting your wardrobe ready for winter is always a grueling task. Ideally it is an excuse to hit the shops and buy the latest trench in a shade of brown or the go-to black, perhaps a chunky sweater or two, and at least three pairs of boots. But where do you go from there? It is hard to feel excited to get dressed when you face the monotony in your closet every morning. As a fashion stylist living in NYC, one of the most exciting things that I can tell my clients on dressing for winter is that color is indeed your friend. While black can still be your go-to, a pop of color will break up the regularly scheduled programming of your usual monochrome pieces. To avoid feeling overwhelmed about all of the color possibilities, I give you three specific areas to add the spice: outerwear, accessories, and shoes. Pay attention to one or all of these, and you will be oozing cheer and happiness from head to toe!
The Colorful Coat
Visions of winter are filled with images of black and grey. It’s no wonder that we are sad and depressed all season long. Walking down the NYC streets, all that can be seen for blocks at a time is a sea of black. We often leave the bright trenches and jackets for the spring and summer seasons, but one thing I say to all of the people I have the pleasure to work with is to throw all the old rules out the window. Why can’t you wear a bright yellow wool coat in December? Trust me, it will do your wardrobe justice, and you will be the object of envy throughout the sea of black.
The Patterned Scarf
I used to think, “Who can afford to add color?” If you have to wear the same scarf and pair of gloves every day, why would you choose green, when black goes with everything? But remember, if you take away anything from this rundown, leave the rules at the door. Bright blue and green both go with brown, black, and navy, so why can’t color be the new staple? If bright colors give you anxiety, take some baby steps with muted blues, greens, and reds. Play around with adding multiple colors to one look, and grab some inspiration from our fashionable creatives here at Cliché – or Blake Lively, who is the perfect example of breaking up black with a few doses of color.
Like our girl T. Swift, we got to shake off the haters and rock maroon booties all year long. Deep hues for boots and flats is a seamless way to incorporate color into your outfit – it also adds a nice flair to a solid pant in the winter. My go-to colors are deep reds, greens, and even deeper blue tones as a nice reprieve from black. These colors can be incorporated into a professional setting, too… just throw on slacks, a blouse, and blazer, then voila – you are chic and colorful all in one.
So don’t let the blustery weather affect your creativity and innovation with your personal style this winter season. Take it from us, a little color goes a long way.
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