Outfit Details: Velvet Dress | So Kate Heels | Lauren Conrad Bow Tie (old) Similar here | Similar White House Black Market Coat | Similar Leopard Clutch | Kendra Scott Bracelets (layering the gold and rose gold bracelets) | Nars Lipstick: Afghan Red
You had me a merlot…I once saw that on a t-shirt, one I probably should have bought because well merlot is delicious and I have a shopping problem. Anyway, this deep, burgundy merlot shade is my absolute favorite color to wear when the temperatures start dipping. Like literally the second the thermostat reads anything below 50, I put on all my clothes that resemble the ‘red wine’ shade and prance around in excitement.
Usually I would prance around in these burgundy, velvet pants, but I just recently ordered this dress from Amazon (yes, you read that correctly – Amazon) and how beautiful – right?!!!!! The velvet is so luxurious (and warm!) and as I mentioned already, it’s my favorite winter color!
Dressing for Winter (at least here in Chicago) is always a challenge. The temps are brutal most days and so I always look for new ways to look and feel stylish despite how cold and miserable it can be. Here are my top 5 tips for surviving winter:
1. Wear layers
This one is obvious, but it’s a must. I like to start with turtlenecks under button downs, or button downs under sweaters. Adding an extra layer with a puffer vest is always a solid win in my book too!
2. Dress when you get to where you’re going
I’ve done this so many times – especially if I’m wearing a dress. I just carry a tote bag as my handbag for that day, and I something warm (like pants and a sweater) and then change into my real outfit (like a dress) when I get where I’m going.
3. Invest in a cute coat
I’m in a coat every day for more than half the year, so investing in a nice coat is a no brainer. I have a couple staples – my new every day, commuting coat and then my cute, not trying to stay the warmest but want to look fashionable coat.
4. Wear heavier/warm fabrics
Duh, right?! In winter, I trade in my silks and sheers for heavy wools and fabrics with weight like velvet and knit sweaters.
5. Fuel your body from the inside, out
Warm tea, coffee, hot chocolate or Merlot (especially Merlot!) keeps me warm from the inside, out on the chilly winter days.
How do you stay warm in winter? Share your tips below!