Winter fashion has the potential to leave you feeling bulky and way too casual.
Jelly-like Chelsea boots, comfy oversized sweaters and crazy printed poncho might sound like the best way to keep warm, but these items of clothing can quickly take your office fab to Ugly Betty poncho.
There are, however, a few tips and tricks you can use to look smart and work appropriate while staying warm. A simple change of colour to the kind of headgear you are wearing can make a world of difference.
8 Tips on how to dress up your winter clothes:
Drape & belt
You don’t have to choose between keeping warm and looking professional. All you have to do in order to avoid looking too casual in your winter outfit is to add a belt to an oversized jersey, poncho or cardigan. Adding a belt not only cinches your waist, but it also creates a more streamlined (and formal) silhouette.
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Don’t be scared of wearing white no matter your shape. Wearing a solid colour actually has a built-in slimming effect on your shape. White also always looks so put together and formal no matter the occasion. Wearing an all-white winter outfit will add a stylish, yet put together appearance to your look. Just be careful on your morning coffee run.
Play with suits
Use your suit to make layering office appropriate. Wear a warm turtle neck underneath your blazer to make your overall look more sophisticated yet still work wear ready.
Use classic office wear essentials to spruce up a more casual look. Swap a parka for a melton jacket, and a t-shirt for a formal button-down crisp white shirt.
Wide leg trousers
A pair of wide leg trousers are great to wear over stockings for extra warmth and they flatter every shape – just find a length and width that suits you best. Wide leg trousers instantly take your outfit from off-duty chic to office ready with very little effort on your side.
To the point
To avoid looking too casual in your winter outfit, opt for pointy shoes. Be it point ankle boots, long boots or even brogues, the pointier the shape, the more formal and put together your ensemble will look.
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Seriously, monochrome matters
As we mentioned earlier, wearing one colour from head to toe is a great way to look chic. Choose one colour that you love and flatters your skin tone, and create an entire outfit using different hues and textures of it. The intentional matching will make a real style statement.
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Top it off
Yes, you can wear headgear without looking too casual in your winter outfit. Choose headgear that is sleek and streamlined and can be worn with more formal attire. A French-inspired beret or pageboy style cap works well with most formal attire and flatters most head shapes.