February is a difficult time of the year style-wise.
February is a difficult time of the year style-wise. The shops are setting up for spring/summer and yet we're still thinking winter, considering February can be colder than January sometimes.
So, while the evenings are getting longer and the increased daylight is heralding better days to come, you still need to wrap up.
To help make your wardrobe go that bit further until the temperature starts to heat up, we're sharing the following tips:
Layer up.Ski underwear is a great option for underneath your main clothing. You can get fairly good quality options from the German supermarkets at a good price. Stay warm without the sweat factor. Other base layers can be fleece tights or thermal t-shirts. Fleece tights under a slip skirt are a good way to transition from winter to spring but you may need to use an anti-static spray before you head outdoors.
Oversized scarves and wraps over coats add an extra degree of warmth when you are out and about and then you can ditch the coat when you go indoors and leave the scarf on as an extra layer. Same goes for ponchos.
Try over the knee boots over skinny jeans as well as with midi dresses and skirts or even shorts. A chunky sweater with any of those bottoms and a belted coat will complete the look
The ultimate neck-warmer. Wear polo necks under everything. Polo necks can be worn under dresses, shirts, knitwear, boiler suits and also look great with all types of skirts. 2018 was definitely the year of the skirt and there appears to be no sign of the emphasis on skirts fading this year.
Get your faux fur on. A faux fur gilet or jacket over a midi dress or a long sleeved top with jeans enables you to embrace some of the spring/summer offerings but still stay warm. You can wear fake fur with just about anything to give your outfit an instant upgrade. Throw on a fur gilet or stole over your winter coat, or find cool fur accent pieces like fur collars or even fur mittens to liven up your winter outfits.
Keep a lid on it. A large amount of body heat is lost through the head so donning a hat makes good sense and also can finish off your look nicely. Bobble hats are universally fashionable but there are loads of other options from berets to beanies, to trapper hats.
Hats are also ideal for those bad hair days when you just want to hide your bed hair or don’t have time to wash or style your hair.
Invest in a coatigan. A coatigan is a hybrid between a coat and a cardigan and can provide a substitute for either depending on the temperature. If it's colder, wear a coatigan instead of a cardigan and if it’s warmer opt for a coatigan instead of a coat. It’s the perfect transition from winter to spring piece to have ready in your February wardrobe.
Mary Holmes is our Fashion and Style Expert. Mary set up Ruby Seven Image Consulting in 2006,and helps clients identify their clothes in terms of styles, shapes andcoloursbased on their body shape, lifestyle and personality. You can find her at RubySevenand on Facebook.