While many of us are preparing for the impending snowstorm by stocking up on a week's supply of food and several shovels, others have another thing on their mind when traipsing through the city this week -- what, on earth, are we going to wear?
Avoid looking like the abominable snowman (unless of course, that's the look you're going for) with some weather-friendly tips for dressing for a gi-normous snow attack. Local fashion lifeline site Garmental.com is helping us stay fashion forward despite the blizzard with these tips from stylist Suzanne Kopulos.
Channel the fun vibe, not the frumpy one: Although trudging through snow and sleet might suck all of the fun out fashion, don’t let it turn you from fabulous to frumpy, says Kopulos. Mix and match layers, textures and hues to keep a spark of style visible at all times. Kopulos suggests taking neutrals to the next level with a bright scarf or necklace and layering shorter layers over longer ones to cut down on looking bulky.
Put the Heels Away, Ladies: Take heed, ladies, this isn't the time to put on your favorite pumps and prance around in your highest of heels. If you’re over UGGs and Sorels, but still want to stick close to the ground, opt for some stylish leather boots instead. Leather in the winter, you might be wondering? They’ll work fine, just make sure to brush them off before stepping inside and rid them of any salt stains by applying a damp cloth after use. And if you can’t live without a little heel, then pick a smaller, thicker one, with a one to two inch heel and no platform.
Capitalize on Accessories: Don't step outside without something fab (not drab) covering your head. Leave last year's knit caps and pashmina scarves inside and opt for a bit more opulence. Velvet, sparkles and faux fur all are all elements that should be capitalized on in these conditions. "You don’t want your outdoor look to be over styled with tons of accessories, but a hat or neck warmer can definitely keep you from having those face numbing moments so common to Chicago, while still looking chic," Kopulos says.
Bring on the flurries!