How to Stay Stylish in the Bitter Cold

Portland winter’s are colder than I had imagined, so I’ve been beefing up my cold weather wardrobe piece by piece. Keeping warm while also staying stylish is tricky, but the keys are layering and proportions. This is made harder by pregnancy when your belly dictates your options, but all of these outfits can be worn while pregnant.

LAYERING

Layering long sleeves under or over short, adding a vest under or over a coat, adding a hat or large infinity scarf–all of these outfits are great examples of how to layer with style.

Chic colored coat, stripes and a cool hat

Chic colored coat, stripes and a cool hat

Simple pieces and some warm colors layered together.

Simple pieces and some warm colors layered together.

Warm accessories

Warm accessories

Big coat, big clutch, skinny jeans and Converse

Big coat with a sweater peaking through, big clutch, skinny jeans and Converse

Sweater over shirtdress over leggings

Sweater over shirtdress over leggings

COATS

The right coat can make your winter wardrobe. Choose something classic or with character, either way just make sure it fits well and all you need are some basic pants and boots and you’re set. I found a great coat this season from Zara with leather sleeves and a plaid frame. I’d never warn such a unique yet everyday coat and I love how it adds interest to any outfit.

If you’re short like me, big coats will overwhelm your frame so it’s best to stick to tailored pieces. And even if tall, skinny pants or tights with narrow boots will best balance a large coat.

Big coat, mini skirt, ankle boots–just add tights!

Big coat, mini skirt, ankle boots–just add tights!

Simple coat, great details

Simple coat, great details

Cropped sleeve coat.

Cropped sleeve coat with peekaboo sweater.

KEY WARM PIECES

Weather it’s fur, Polartec, wicking wool or waterproof textiles you’re working with, finding truly warm pieces is a savior in the winter. My key pieces are a few warm hats, a thin down vest, thick tights (300 Denier is great, either for layering or solo),  REI Smartwool socks and waterproof shoes. After years in bulky rain boots, I got some fabulous Loeffler Randall rain boots that I love–they’re lightweight and work well with everything.

Big hats, tailored coats

Big hats, tailored coats

Cozy warm sweater.

Cozy warm sweater with great detail.

Stylish rain boots

Stylish rain boots

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