I totally get it: When dressing for frigid temperatures, fashion takes a backseat to function and warmth. However, according to our council of up-and-coming style bloggers, some sartorial missteps are downright criminal. From UGG boots gone wrong to socks with sandals (a hideous year-round issue!), wintertime fashion blunders are everywhere. Here are some quick fixes.
The crime: Wearing a casual overcoat with dressy clothes
||Lilah Ramzi, left, knows a thing or two about galas. As a former Metropolitan Museum of Art social media correspondent and the dynamic persona behind Part Nouveau, she’s seen her fair share of black-tie outfits. Unfortunately, she’s also seen her fair share of fashion faux pas. “I find it most unfortunate when ladies step out in their evening best wrapped up in a casual overcoat. Your outerwear should not be an afterthought!”
The solution: “Unless you’re going for the ultra-cool-girl pairing of a ball gown and biker jacket, find a glamorous coat reserved for those black-tie events,” Lilah says.
The goods: Sachi Fox Fur Collar Long Wool Blend Coat ($399.90 at Nordstrom)
Editor’s tip: If you want to take more of a risk and have fun with it, snag an unexpected cover-up that shows both personality and intent.
The crime: Pairing UGG boots with the wrong outfit
||Crystal Hill Taylor,left, says there’s a right way and a wrong way to rock your UGG boots. The young, vintage-loving mom chronicles her adventures in toddler-dressing, home decor and covet-worthy accessories at Billie Jean. “Usually [the college girl] uniform consists of a big oversize pocket T-shirt with Nike shorts and whatever shoes,” Crystal says. “As soon as it gets even just a little cold outside, college girls think, ‘Omg, UGG boots!’ So they alternate between UGGs with Nike shorts and UGGs with yoga pants in the wintertime.”
The solution: Taylor has a knack for making everything look luxurious. The secret, she says, is in the styling: “There’s nothing wrong with UGG boots; in fact, I love them! I wear them in Colorado when I travel there for Christmas (not with leggings, of course), and I just bought my 3-year-old a pair. But there’s a cute way to wear them and a horrid way to wear them.”
The goods: UGG Bailey Button Boots ($164.95 at Zappos)
Editor’s tips: We can all agree that shorts with UGGs are never okay, but here are a few occasions that totally warrant the notoriously cozy footwear.
|Ski pants and UGGs make perfect sense
||With skinny jeans at the airport for easy TSA clearance
||In pajamas at home with family and close friends
The crime: Wearing shapeless coats
||Television host, spokesperson and former fashion and beauty editor Rebekah George, left, is a style authority in her own right. In addition to writing her lifestyle blog, Get Gorge, she racks up thousands of frequent flier miles every year sharing her expert tips with women across the country. She has a bone to pick with those trendy, albeit shapeless, overcoats that don’t do the feminine silhouette any favors. “One of the biggest winter fashion mistakes women make with coats is choosing one that’s too boxy and doesn’t show off your silhouette,” Rebekah says.
The solution: “Look for a coat that defines your waistline, is tailored to your body and accentuates your shape. Don’t love what you find in the store? Take it to your tailor to better fit your body or add a belt to cinch your shape.”
The goods: Kenneth Cole Reaction Asymmetrical Wool-Blend Coat ($149.99 at Macy’s)
Editor’s tips: Rebekah is right on the money; the cinched waist created by a belted coat is always flattering and will eternally be in style.
The Crime: Giving up in winter
||Emily Foley, left, of Emily Suggests follows celebrity trends and then documents what’s “in” for the masses. The Atlanta-based blogger is admittedly addicted to the beauty and fashion obsessions of the Hollywood elite and pens her findings for Elle.com, Us Weekly and more. This season, she’s noticed that everyday women often drop the ball when it comes to their winter wear, but Emily has a remedy.
The solution: “Just because it’s freezing outside doesn’t mean it’s time to just give up, fashion-wise. There are plenty of coats that don’t cost a fortune and keep you warm and fashion-forward at the same time. Add a bright color, fur trim or any number of other fun details, and you’ve gone from simply being bundled up to making a winter fashion statement.”
The goods: Double-Breasted Cotton Coat ($94.99 at Mango)
Editor’s tips: Follow Emily’s lead and look for exciting details that elevate a practical purchase from drab to fab.
The crime: Wearing summer colors with wild abandon
||Houston’s Sanah Sadaruddin, left, is PR girl by day and Beauty and the Pitch blogger by night, which means that she gets to see all of the latest products and pretty little somethings before they hit the shelves. Having moved from the bright lights of New York City to Texas, Sadaruddin realized that women down South have trouble giving up their warm weather garb.
The solution: “During winter, living in Texas or any of those ‘nonseasonal’ regions where it stays pretty consistently warm year-round, it’s really hard to not think about summer colors, but it’s an absolute ‘no’ in my books!” says Sanah. “Particularly those hot pinks and yellows. Just stay away for these couple of months! From shirts to dresses to nail polish. Avoid yourself a summer-withdrawal and try out mustards and light shades of pinks instead. They’ll complement the boots and the scarves much, much better.”
The goods: Lightweight V-Neck Layering Tee ($19.50 at LOFT)
Editor’s tips: Sure, pastels are in this season, but these rich hued pieces are safe bets.
The crime: Donning socks with sandals
||Marie Gillot, left, is a Parisian model and mother. Being chic comes naturally to her, and luckily for the rest of us, she catalogs her favorite essentials on her blog, Into Your Closet. Marie hates when clueless tourists descend on the City of Light and commit the ultimate fashion sin: socks with sandals. Even stylish young things are guilty of this odd pairing, which has been a recent runway hit. Regardless of the season, though, this is a no-no.
The solution: “If you want to avoid the ‘tourist’ look, don’t wear them with sandals but instead choose wedges or heels for a trendier look,” Marie says. “[This way] you can go from fashion faux pas to fashion-forward—it is just a step away!”
The goods: Alice + Olivia Point Toe Pumps ($188.30 at Last Call) and Dri-Fit Cotton Fly Crew ($20 at Nike)
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