As I begin writing this article, it’s a balmy 70 degrees in the mountains of North Carolina. And it’s early in the morning. I, like many others, am anxiously awaiting chilly temperatures. I’ve already packed away my summer dresses. It is autumn, after all. I want to curl up in my comfy rocker with a cup of tea, a ball of yarn, and a crochet hook
I’ve always felt that wearing winter clothing is a sweet perk of enduring through cold, blustery days. The fabrics are soft and snuggly; the colors can be bright and bold, softly muted neutrals, or understated pastels. And, of course, the cold season calls for one of my favorite garments – winter coats.
Statement coats are all the rage, so go ahead and buy the coat you’ve always wanted – even though it’s not practical.
Statement coats are all the rage, so go ahead and buy the coat you’ve always wanted – even though it’s not practical. Brighten a blah winter day with a cheery color, or show your sense of style in a velvet pea coat. Express your whimsical personality in a hot pink, flower-embellished, belted trench coat. You’ll love it and you’ll wear it more than you think. One style I still don’t understand is the extraordinarily long sleeves trending in the fashion world. Now, this long-sleeve trend is carrying over into coats. Lengths that practically drag the floor are available, if you so desire.
Coats also lend themselves to pairing with boots; ankle, knee-high, and over-the-knee boots are all on trend this season. Add a pair of tights and you’ll be snug as a bug.
If you have an older coat you love but want to give it a fresh look, try adding a super-stylish scarf. A retro look making a comeback is tying a scarf around your head. This look can be styled to look classic or cheeky. Wearing oversized chunky scarves wrapped casually around your neck is a great way to stay warm and fashionable.
Gloves or mittens are essential for warm and toasty hands. Mittens keep your hands warmer because your fingers produce heat for each other. Layering two pair of soft, knit gloves is a winner for warmth. Buy gloves just a bit large to give your fingers room to move and make heat.
To “top off” your look, try wearing a beanie or wide-brimmed wool hat. The beanie will look best when placed to the back on your head, and the wide-brim will look stylish when worn slightly to one side.
Just a few days after this article was finished, the weather has changed dramatically. Looking out over the field, I see a sparkling layer of frost on the ground. Winter is coming, and coats are “what’s in fashion.”
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