I feel like now that I live in San Francisco, this post is not as relevant for me as it once was (Hello, negative degrees and FEET of snow last winter in Indiana!), but I still find myself woefully sludging through January, wanting to live in leggings and oversized sweaters. I feel like every year we tend to give into the cold depression of winter and our wardrobe suffers as well. If you’re like me though, you don’t necessarily want to live in yoga pants. Here are six tips for how to beat those pesky winter blahs that are trying to fight their way into your closet!
This is really the oldest trick in the book. I know that layering is – like – the most cliche “white girl” thing ever when fall creeps around, but really, it’s a no-brainer. You’re cold, right? Then experiment with layers! My last post gave lots of layering tips, but I obviously couldn’t cover all of them. Think maxi dresses are only for summer? Yah, right. Layer on a pair of fleece-lined tights (or two), tall boots, and a slouchy sweater on top, and voila! It’s winterized! (Look at all this inspiration here on Pinterest!) Belt a huge draped cardigan over a spring dress (with tights, of course). The possibilities are really endless. This article has some fabulous tips, too!
Now is the time to try out a trend or style you’ve always secretly wanted to try. Whether it’s donning a wide brim hat like Merrick, rocking a midi skirt like Sarah, or trying winter shorts and a capelet a la AJ, don’t be shy! A slump is the perfect time to try something new. If it doesn’t work out for you, who cares. At least you tried something different from your yoga pants and tunic sweater. ;) If all else fails, there’s always the ever-popular blanket scarf. Fran gives a great, simple tutorial.
3. Keep Busy
Think of the holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. Aren’t you usually super busy, flitting from one party or event to another? You usually don’t even have time to think about what to wear, and sometimes that makes getting dressed easier. Once the shiny tinsel of the holidays fades away though, we’re left with the (usually) bleak January and February months. Why not take a page from December and fill your calendar? The more plans you make, the more ensembles you must create; therefore, you may quite litearally be forced to up the creativity. You can thank me later.
4. Treat Yourself
I feel like all of my lists of “advice” usually include one point that involves shopping, but seriously, if you’re in a rut and really are feeling crappy, why not treat yourself? The holidays are now a month behind us, so hopefully wallets are starting to be replenished. If spluring a tiny bit on a fabulous dress or a pair of coated denim will make you feel like a million bucks and you dig yourself out of the depressing hole that is the winter woes, then go for it. You have my blessing. Hey, you could even sign up for Stitch Fix* and leave the guesswork to them (See a review of one of my past Fixes here)! Just be smart; I don’t want you to blow your whole paycheck on a pair of shoes. If you think you’re in a funk now, I promise it’ll be worse if you’re homeless. :)
5. Challenge Yourself
If you’re still failing at motivating yourself, why not seek out a wardrobe challenge? I did a 30X30 challenge last January, and it really did help force me to not give into the cold and to continue to be creative throughout the rest of the winter months. WhoWhatWear posted a winter wardrobe challenge with styling prompts last week; give it a try!
6. Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Look, if all else fails, we have less than three months until spring. Suck it up, buttercup. You’ll be fine! Plus, leggings are super comfortable, and I never said I don’t wear them 3-4 times a week, too. ;-)
What are some of your styling tips for getting through the rest of winter?
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