Wardrobe Shakeups for Winter

There’s always a certain conundrum that pops up every time the holidays come around, and that’s trying to balance the utilitarian with the fabulous. Especially for people having to work from 9 to 5, it’s always a battle between trying to look their best and making sure they don’t end up with their death of cold. Here are some things to look into come this chilly December.

Show Some Skin 
Coats are a natural part of anyone’s winter wardrobe, but it’s what they wear underneath that’s bound to surprise and entertain, just like how Prada did for their fall/winter collection. If you know you’re going to be in a place where you won’t freeze your fingers off, feel free to rock an off-the-shoulder dress with a full skirt. Not everything has to be a turtleneck or sweater.

Step Out of the Dark

Black has always been a mainstay for winter coats and as much as everyone loves to have it as a fall back, try working with black as a supporting hue instead. Black gives other colours a great way to grab attention so experimenting with other trends like tartan, prints, and pink, while still remaining a safe fallback.  
One of the Guys  
Vogue has been in love with oversized clothing and tomboyish cuts and people searching for comfort everywhere are rejoicing. Tomboyish cuts are not only surprisingly comfortable to wear, they’re also a great way to shake things up once in a while. Saoirse Ronan, Oscar nominee and one of Irelands best gifts to the fashion scene, shows that sometimes all you need is a well fitting suit to help stay warm while still keeping things great. It’s a great look for fall and will continue to be a great look this winter with the right shoes and accessories.

In a surprising and pleasant turn of events, the 2013 clothing line by Belinda Earl, the current designer for Marks & Spencer , brings options that are stylish and budget conscious at the same time. If suits aren’t your scene, a classic checked coat from the collection brings colour and comfort to the wardrobe without breaking the bank. For those who might find any sign of bagginess to be unflattering, it’s easy to bring the silhouette in by accessorizing with a broad belt. It’s surprising just how flexible menswear can be for women.