(This Winter Be BOLD, Not Cold!)
Winter doesn’t officially start for another 10 days, though the cold weather has many of us thinking it’s already here!
Whether you plan to spend time outdoors or just want to stay warm and toasty while walking to work, in your office or relaxing at home, these winter accessories will get you through the season with style.
I’ve highlighted this year’s top accessories to help you be fashionable bold and not cold, this winter.
Ponchos are one of my favorite items to wear when the weather gets colder. I love, Love, LOVE, ponchos!! Why? Because they hide all the “icky bits” (i.e. the weight around my waist), while providing warmth and style. Most of all, ponchos are an easy layer piece to wear that can also be the focal point of your outfit.
If you make a poncho the focal point of your outfit, make sure to find the right poncho for you body type, so it will balance your shape accordingly.
Ponchos are available in all shapes and sizes ranging from big and bulky, long and draping, to lightweight and body skimming. Fortunately, you can wear any type. The key is know how to wear each particular poncho to compliment your silhouette.
For instance, if you wear a draped style (as pictured to the left) then you must balance the silhouette by creating a slimming effect on the bottom. Do this by wearing skinny, straight-legged jeans or leggings and your favorite leather bootie or suede, over-the-knee boots. A good rule to remember is that when you wear bulky or flowy items on your upper body, wear straight and narrow on your lower body. This creates balance.
Additionally, you can belt a long poncho if you want to create the illusion of a waistline or accentuate one. Though be certain this works for your shape, as it will also bring attention to your tummy area.
Try bright colored hues according to your color palette that consists of prints, paisleys, stripes or checks.
Ponchos for Plus Sizes
Ponchos work for curvy ladies too.
It is cozier than the summer kimono and can be used as a layer piece or light jacket, especially if found in a fabric like the chiffon shown in the photo.
A poncho is actually ideal for a plus size lady who feels a little insecure, as it help cover areas she may consider a “flaw”.
No matter the reason, you should definitely get a stylish poncho to complete your winter wardrobe and feel good when you wear it.
Hats are great for fall and winter and this year they are everywhere and available in a variety of styles including knits caps, felt berets (pictured below right) or a wool fedora.
Color continues to be all the rage this winter, so look for fun, colorful hats to spice up your wardrobe. As you can see, I have a teal, wool fedora (pictured below left) and I absolutely love it. I feel great when I wear it, which is often as it can be dressed up or down.
When selecting a hat to add to your accessories, you want to take into account the shape of your face as well as the color of your hair, eyes and skin. For example, most oval faces shapes (like mine) is better served by a hat with a brim versus a small beret. Why? Because of balance. Oval faces are longer so having a brim helps to bring attention to the eyes by adding width and creating balance.
Try on several different styles to learn what looks best on you.
Boots or Booties
There is such a variety of boots and booties this year. Why not try something you’ve never considered; you may be surprised of the outcome! Also keep it simple and base your decision on your style and color since there are so many choices this winter.
The variety of boots includes cowboy or western style, precious metal mules, pointed toes, snake skin, leather or python, (which is considered the new natural).
I’ve never considered myself a cowboy boot person, but I recently tried on a pair of western inspired booties and they were so comfortable! Not like the stiff leather of yesterday. Things have changed (thankfully) and you can now find low heels with so much style.
Another option to consider is the over the knee boots (pictured right). They have 2” inch heels, pointy toes, a zipper on the side for easy access into the boot along with a stretch grommet in the back, allowing for larger calf sizes, leggings and jeans.
I love these boots as they too are super comfortable, even with the heel. I can walk long distances and be in them all day.
Another popular accessory this winter is a big scarf. Again, the key is finding the one that you really love and looks good on you. By having your palette colors on the scarf, you will feel even better wearing it.
The scarf I’m wearing captures both prints and colors found in my palette: teal, red (a blue red), cream and a leopard print, all of which I absolutely love.
With the weather already cold throughout the country, find a scarf that will keep you warm and that also coordinates with your coats and jackets.
Another benefit of a bold, over-sized scarf is that it can also be worn as a shawl or wrap.
This year will be remembered as the winter of BOLD jewelry!
Tassel earrings are one example of this fresh, new creativity in fashion. The earrings are designed with simple, colorful threads or beads and come in numerous shapes, lengths and sizes, though the overall design is still the same. Tassel earrings make a strong style statement, so step up your game this year and buy a pair.
The trick is to make certain the length and width are appropriate for your face shape. Sometimes this style can make an extremely bold, larger than life statement, so take some time to find the right fit for you.
Where to Buy….
- Paisley Fringe Poncho (purchased 10 years ago!) – Chico’s
- Black Poncho – Marla Wynne, HSN.com – $89.50
- Necklace (with Black Poncho) – Marla Wynne, HSN.com – $60.99
- Knee High Boots, Taupe (available in 4 colors) – Sam Edelman – $169.00
- Purple and Cream Poncho, chiffon – Marla Wynne, HSN.com – $33.00
- Wool Fedora, Teal – Nordstrom – 4 years ago – $39.00
- Over-sized Scarf – Chico’s – $49.00