With just a little bit of effort we don't have to compromise our style for warmth. Before you start shouting expletives at me, keep reading -- I'll explain.
We know that temperatures will vary depending on where you live so of course you should exercise sound judgement and ultimately do what's best for you. However, I am a firm believer, based on personal experience, that one can still keep it stylishly cute while also staying warm with the right layers.
Leggings, tights, stockings, socks, scarfs, hats and gloves go without saying but selecting the right amount of layers as well as colors, textures and patterns will be key.
When choosing outer layers specifically, select colors that will pair well with your primary wardrobe. Do a quick scan over the items you know you'll be reaching for regularly before purchasing your essential outerwear and then keep this in mind when choosing your colors and patterns.
Identify colors complimentary to your skin tone. Once you've done this, the layers you select regularly will seamlessly flatter your overall look. So even on those days when you quickly grab something to get out the door, if nothing else the colors will do their part to flatter you.
Layers don't have to be thick, hefty, or large for warmth. Instead focus on quality materials as they will often provide the practicality of warmth without the appearance of looking weighed down or bulky.
Keep your layered outerwear looking crisp and clean. Because outerwear is the last thing you put on and take off, sometimes the upkeep goes beyond an afterthought. It may not be a bad idea to do a refresh of these items a few times throughout fall and winter, as necessary, especially when considering how often they'll be worn.
Lastly, play around with adding style specific accessories like broaches, sunnys, and cute statement bags to keep layers and outerwear interesting.
Of course warmth and comfort should come first but I'll say it again, there are little things we can do along with the warmth and comfort to keep it stylish.