Elevate your sweater and denim uniform this winter
The warmth of the holiday season is long gone, but the chill of winter remains as does our need for thick materials like denim, wool, leather and cashmere. Our typical winter uniform of sweater, jeans and boots can quickly become monotonous and a bit lackluster. Dare I say that we get stuck in a rut when it comes to dressing in finicky weather this time of year? While it may be necessary to throw on your denim with layers upon layers of sweaters, there are simple ways to add a bit of a spark to your basic outfit. Elevate your winter ensemble and keep seasonal sameness at bay this year with these six tips.
From hats to jewelry or statement boots, eye-catching accessories will take your winter uniform from basic to chic. Feel free to add a fun knit hat or fuzzy coat to punch things up. If you don't want something too dramatic, go small. Something as simple as a bold pair of sunglasses can give even your most tried and true sweater and pair of jeans an added cool factor. Above all, have fun!
Experiment with colors
In case you forgot, denim doesn't just come in blue. With a simple internet search, you can find plenty of denim jeans in a multitude of colors. White sweater? Pair it with bright yellow jeans. If you'd rather keep things neutral, opt for a black pair of jeans - I've been really into this lately.
While you experiment with color, don't forget about prints. For example, pair some leopard-print jeans with a red sweater and black booties - the pop of red with the golden spots will be a hit.
Play up proportions
Skinny jeans will always be classic, but if you're itching for a change, add some diversity to your denim collection this season. Different cuts have come back into play in a major way and have shown no signs of disappearing again. So, if a skinny leg really isn't your jam, go for a pair of wide-leg or bootcut jeans to wear with your favorite ankle boots.
Little touches make a big difference
A small adjustment can completely switch up even the dreariest outfit. Try tucking your favorite chunky knit into your jeans and adding a belt as a focal point. Any little modifications you add to your look will differentiate it from your other outfits. Adding a blazer or even a vintage brooch can take your sweater from "blah" to "wow."
Focus on footwear
Jazz up your winter uniform with a pair of statement shoes like a pair of cutout booties or a pair of trend forward animal print boots or loafers. It's been said that the first thing people look at are your shoes so why not give them something to really focus on? My current favorite shoes are my snakeskin booties. They make quite the statement with any of my outfits. Go for it with your shoes and make your uniform feel completely new.
Layering adds dimension
Adding a simple layer underneath your sweater can instantly transform the vibe of an outfit. The main thing you're seeking is warmth to combat chilly temps, so adding a layer not only keeps you toasty but it's also a stylish way to add dimension to your outfit. Try pairing your sweater with a turtleneck or a white button-down top to give new life to your winter gear. You might even stumble upon a new favorite outfit.
The skies may be perpetually gray for the next three (or more) months, but a touch of creativity can keep your winter must-haves from being drab. Sweaters and denim are a tried and true combo for warmth and fashion, so they shouldn't be retired simply because they've gotten boring. Use the tips above (and come up with a few of your own along the way) to keep your look alive all season long.
(Whether she's dishing out advice on how to wear the latest trends or putting fun looks together, fashion writer and stylist Aramide Esubi is always on the move keeping up with the latest in fashion. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow her on Instagram at instagram.com/thesassypeach.)Copyright Tribune Content Agency LLC