Are you sick of your winter wardrobe? It’s about this time of year when the first shoots of spring appear, which is when I start thinking about changing my look. I don’t have a huge collection of clothes, preferring instead to play around with different combinations. So this makes me more aware of the value of accessories to help create different looks. It’s key to think outside the box and experiment especially when you’re starting to get fed up with your winter wardrobe.
Spring Summer clothes are starting to make an appearance online and offline but the weather’s not right to wear them yet. Of course the next round of fashion weeks is about to start and showcase what we’ll be wearing in SS20!
So what can you do to give your winter wardrobe a boost of sunshine? In this week’s blog we look at some quick tips to help you feel that spring really is just round the corner.
Swap Your Handbag
Around 34% of women have lots of handbags, but tend to stick to the same one all the time. Why? They’re afraid of forgetting something if they keep changing handbags.
The best way to avoid this is to get yourself a bag liner that is big enough for all your essentials and fits in your bags. Then make sure all the less valuable but nonetheless essential items are in each of your bags (tissues, pen, lipstick, business cards etc).
But I digress it’s my guess that you may have opted for a dark colour handbag for winter to blend in to your outfits. Why not swap to a lovely bright colour bag or a beautiful pastel shade. Don’t worry if it doesn’t match/blend in with your outfit. So long as you’re not self-conscious about it, just make a statement instead!
Add A Belt To Your Look
Hands up if you don’t wear a belt because you think it will draw attention to the wrong part of your body? 28% of women don’t wear belts for exactly that reason! But the irony is that a belt can help you create curves and definition to enhance your figure.
A belt is also a great way to change the look of a dress or top. By wearing something with a belt that you don’t normally it will create a different look. A sweater dress with a belt, tights and ankle boots is a great way to create a new look for example. This helps you to extend your winter wardrobe.
Give Your Winter Wardrobe A Boost With A Brooch
How many of us wear brooches these days? Not many I’ll guess. We tend to think of brooches as a bit old-fashioned. We associate them as accessories our grandmothers or aging aunts used to wear.
But if you are getting fed up with wearing your winter coat, adding a brooch is a great way to give it a new lease of life. Add a pop of colour and statement sparkle to your look. Check out your local charity shops or vintage stores. Etsy also has a great collection of brooches.
Add Some Colour To Your Footwear
Most of us gravitate to dark footwear in the winter. Lots of black, browns and dark greys. It doesn’t show the mud or matter if it gets splashed so much as brighter colours.
But how about adding a pair of coloured ankle boots to jeans? Make them a feature of your outfit. I have a gorgeous pair of pink satin ankle boots that admittedly I wouldn’t wear outside this time of year. But I love wearing them so much that I’ll happily put them in a bag and take them with me to change into for events.
Bright colours are a great way to cheer yourself up.
Change Your Jewellery With Your Winter Outfits
I bet that you’ve got lots of necklaces you don’t wear in winter?
Either because you think the colours ‘aren’t right’ or you associate them with summer. Well try a bit of mix and matching. Add a more summery style of necklace to a winter outfit and see how it looks.
Add pastel colours to black brown or grey. Just see how different they make your outfit look.
Or taking from one of my tips last week. If the weather does turn cold again, ditch the metal jewellery in favour of acrylic or plastic jewellery. The metal will conduct the cold outside temperatures. I found this out when we used to ski and I’d insist on wearing metal earrings and wonder why my ears were cold!
Accessories Are The Key
Hopefully these ideas are useful and may even inspire you to create some new looks and breath some fresh styles into your winter outfits?
The ideas I’ve suggested all involve accessories but if you’re not confident about choosing and wearing accessories you may be interested in my online course Accessorise with Style & Confidence. Where you will learn how to choose and use accessories to suit you personally. Learn how to create more outfits without buying more clothes.