So my recent holiday to Leh was fraught with dilemmas – How do I pile on the cold weather paraphernalia like bulky sweaters, coats, boots, gloves and scarves without looking like a snow woman. Can I bundle up and still look GREAT. It was the classic comfort vs. style dilemma.
When it’s a short trip, existing in slight discomfort in the name of fashion is not so much of an issue. However, this was a week-long trip. I was looking for practical, winter-friendly styles that will let me show my flair for fashion, while protecting my tootsies from frostbite when I venture out of the car to make my first snowman!
So here’s how I crafted my looks for the Leh sojourn with help from stylists and brands.
Nice and long
Generally we tend to think of long dresses as a night look. But they look quite chic in the day too. A maxi dress is not just a comfortable, flattering, and forgiving item of clothing to wear in the cold but also surprisingly versatile too. It’s easy to add layers over as well as hide layers under, making them the perfect transitional piece for a place like Leh where the days are warmed by the summer sun and the evenings are super chilly. It also worked best to hide the thick stockings I was wearing inside. That’s what I call minimal effort and maximum effect!
Layer it up
The best deal about the winters is the prospect of layered looks. But layering can be tricky. You could end up looking either oh-so-chic or haplessly dowdy. Luckily, the Leh weather was kind enough to let me look cool in minimal layers.
One way to be stylish in the cold is to invest in warm coats and jackets. But If you are like me and don’t want to drown yourself in long trench coats a short denim jacket will also do (assuming you haven’t ditched your thermal and over the knee socks)
When it comes to looking stylish in the cold, accessories play a key role. Keep your head toasty warm by popping on a fashionable slouchy beanie or a head band. Basic colours such as black and grey are versatile, but brighter colours can add an interesting element to your outfit.
Summer dresses in the cold
Don’t ditch your knee length dresses or wide-legged trousers just because the mercury has dropped. Dresses look really adorable and stylish! All it takes to make them cozy enough is a little bit of layering – leggings, tights, boots, thick socks, cardigans, and scarves. You want to look cute, but you also don’t want to freeze your butt off. It’s not worth it! Add as many layers as possible: a chic hat, a jean jacket, a cardigan, a coat, a scarf, and high socks. Cozy!
Tips on how to look hot when it’s crazy cold
Over-the-knee socks look utterly stylish. I love them as an alluring alternative to tights.
Everyone’s wearing black coat in winter. If you don’t want to look like a penguin go for brighter colours. By the way the color of the moment is pink.
If it’s still warm enough to sport a bare leg, add socks to your favorite pair of oxfords for a little extra warmth. Teaming pumps with quirky print socks, or tights if you are wearing a skirt or dress, keeps your feet toasty and comfortable without looking too outlandish.
The easiest way brighten up a lacklustre outfit is to add on a chunky scarf. Extra points for prints like hearts, cupcakes or hounds tooth. Other accessories like broaches, tights, gloves, etc. can transform any outfit from ho-hum to high-five in an instant.
What are your best tips to look stylish in the cold and still protect yourself from the elements? Write to me…
Black & White maxi dress, Blue Shibori dress, truck art palazzos: Fusion Beats
Distressed Denim Jacket, Black knee length socks: Forever 21
Sling Bag: Ayesha Accessories
Black trench coat: Lifestyle
Pictures by: Suryakant Pawar
Coming up… an indepth feature on my holiday in Leh …