If you live in a climate that has a long, frigid winter season, you probably know how challenging it can be to motivate yourself to stay warm and stylish the entire season. I know I’ll be happy to start wearing scrubs again!! With this in mind, I put together a few tips for staying warm, comfortable and presentable throughout the season. Part 1 is all about the layers up top!
Tip #1: Combat itchy sweaters. Nothing looks more winter than a chunky oversized wool sweater. Especially the turtleneck variety. Unfortunately, these can be annoyingly itchy, particularly for those with allergies and sensitive skin! Layering is the obvious answer. But finding the right layer is the key. The highest quality, best variety, and most highly rated tops I’ve found are made by a brand called Majestic (best varieties at Bloomingdales and Neiman’s). The Majestic layering tops are a super smooth and stretchy viscose blend; they are extremely form fitting, so they lay smooth under any sweater and don’t add bulk. They come in lots of versions (long sleeve crew, turtleneck, boatneck, etc), so you can always find the perfect cut to layer under a specific sweater. They are starting to hit sale, so now is the perfect time to pick some up (I just grabbed a white turtleneck and black 3/4 sleeve U neck, each for >50% off).
Tip #2: Get top layers to lay flat. I love the look of a button down shirt peeking out from under a more form fitting sweater. But may times, the overlaying sweater shows lumps and bumps if worn directly over the shirt. A quick and easy way to smooth everything out is to throw a tank top on over the shirt and under the sweater. Any tight tank top would do, preferably one with a little less length so it doesn’t start peeking out the bottom. I love this tank from J. Crew because it has a double layer of fabric which is wonderful for smoothing things out (whether its needs to conceal shirt buttons when layered or bra lines when worn alone).
Tip #3: Find the right blend. When you’re sick of layering and want to be warm yet comfortable in just one layer, finding a specific fabric blend is the way to go. 100% wool fabrics are extremely warm, but tend to have at least some itchiness. However, when the wool is blended with a itch-free fabric such as silk or cotton, you get the best of both worlds (plus a beautiful drape). These blends can get pretty pricy, but they’re available at reasonable prices as well. Yoox always has some good options (like this beautiful cardigan sitting in my dreambox at $59), as does the Outnet and Last Call. Be a little cautious of super cheap ones- you do need a certain quality of wool to achieve this.
Do you already use these tactics? What other tips to do have?