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 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.
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.
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.