Sweater Weather to Deep Freeze: Transitioning Your Wardrobe from Fall to Winter without Compromising Style

Sweater Weather to Deep Freeze: Transitioning Your Wardrobe from Fall to Winter without Compromising Style

As the leaves of Autumn finish their dance, the Winter chill is slowly creeping upon us, leaving tree branches bare and wicked as if something from a Neil Gaiman novel. With the welcoming of a new season, for many of us it is also a welcoming of old winter wardrobe staples. The chunky, cable-knit sweaters make their return and your favorite pair of boots ache to kiss the snow. All of a sudden your home, or dorm room, is filled with the scent of cedar balsam, cinnamon apple, or fresh snow that triggers your nostalgia.
However, one difficulty we all end up facing, is transitioning our wardrobes seamlessly from fall to winter. The main problem resides in making the switch from jacket to coat. It seems as though the fall staple for the past three years has been the military jacket and its parka counterpart. More recently, denim jackets have also returned, and are often layered with chunky knits underneath or the go-to hoodie.
In the early days of December, when the chill has barely arrived, consider experimenting with an overcoat or topcoat. These coats allow for the ability to layer in the same way your jacket mandated in late fall. Pair your overcoat with a durable, but wearable knit, such as a merino wool, cotton, or cashmere sweater with your favorite hat or scarf. The overcoat offers buildable warmth without sacrificing style. Jenna Lyons, creative director at J. Crew, has been known to create knockout pairings with camel and grey overcoats.
Beyond the overcoat, leather and suede have also become a contender as a winter staple. Most notably, the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2016 collection showcased leather in innovative ways that caused it to become one of the most profitable collections at the house in years. Creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière, adorned models with sportswear tinged mohair sweaters, nipped-waist coats, and leather pants reminiscent of latex.
Leather proves to be a chameleon in the wardrobe. You can wear it to lunch, a study session at the coffee shop, and still be able to elevate the look for a night out. One of the qualities that makes leather a staple is the story behind the distressing your piece will go through. From a little scuff on the sleeve to, let’s be honest –a spilled drink, it’s no wonder leather jackets are held onto forever. For those who are cruelty free, Urban Outfitters offers feaux-leather and feaux-suede options for under $150. ALLSAINTS and Coach 1941 offer a vast array of leather jackets, some already worn-in, that could be purchased during their holiday sales.
The rise of denim seems to be growing stronger and stronger every day, but who is really complaining? It is so simple to throw on a pair of jeans that have almost molded themselves to you like a second skin. This winter, consider investing in a pair of selvedge denim. Selvedge denim has a “self-edge” in comparison to the normally woven denim, and prevents the denim from unravelling. Built to last, with a heavier thread count to protect you from the cold, these jeans are guaranteed to last you wash after wash. Gap and Levi’s offer selvedge denim under $200, but can be scored for nearly 50% during the winter clearances.
No matter how cold it may become this season, always remember that you can always make any season your most stylish, and winter is no exception to that. While everyone is bundled in a duvet blanket on their walk to class, you’ll be able to dash into the lecture hall without sacrificing your warmth or impeccable taste.

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