Finding a New Winter Uniform


For most of Winter, I end up in what I would call my "winter uniform": black pants, a cute top, and some form of booties. And although there's nothing wrong with this look, but it can get a little bit monotonous. I start to feel like I'm in a fashion rut. So I started looking at bloggers whose styles I admire and trying to imagine what their winter uniforms were. Tracey, from www.lipstickandmuffin.com, has a great aesthetic; a lot of really classically designed, neutral pieces combined with tailored silhouettes. This is almost the opposite from my style. I like exploring new and out there patterns, colors, and textures. I decided to try to dabble in a little bit of what I would call "her style" and I have to say, it was not as easy as I thought it was going to be. In this post, I'm going to talk about how to step out of your bubble and find a new winter uniform. 

Obsessions of a Fashion Nerd Winter Style

The first step in changing up your winter style is identifying what your current winter wardrobe is. What items in your closet do you seem to wear again and again throughout the season? Do you wear a lot of chunky, oversized sweaters and riding boots? Are you constantly in dark washed jeans? Are there any pieces in your closet you wear excessively? As I said before, a black Ponte pant, a cute sweater, and some form of boot is my winter go-to. I can admit that I am guilty of over using this outfit. Every now and then, I might mix it up by adding a blazer or a scarf, but the key elements remain the same. I want to change that.

Obsessions of a Fashion Nerd Winter Style Advice

Obsessions of a Fashion Nerd Winter Wardrobe

After identifying your current style choice, the next step is to look for something outside of those bounds. What do I mean you ask? I mean look for something different in terms of silhouette, texture, or color. The point of this is newness. For me, I always wear brightly colored tops and black skinnies, so I decided to go with a more neutral palette and joggers. By changing both the silhouette and the color scheme, this outfit is already wildly different from what I would usually wear. I am going to be honest, I was completely unsure of how this look would pan out. Change can be scary! BUT these differences help to push me in a new direction and to expand my fashion horizons. 

Obsessions of a Fashion Nerd

The final step in creating a new winter go-to is paying attention to the details. Accessories matter! The winter white clutch I'm carrying with this look really compliments the silver tone of the sweater. If I had chosen a black bag or even a camel colored bag, it would not have matched as well with the mostly navy look I was going for. In turn, the metallic of the sweater pairs well with the dramatic earrings I'm wearing. The scarf matches back to the pants and the pumps in a way that ties the entire look together. Each accessory is a small portion of the entire outfit, but it is an important factor in the overall look.

Obsessions of a Fashion Nerd

"I'm nuts, baby, I'm mad
The craziest friend that you've ever had
You think I'm psycho, you think I'm gone
Tell the psychiatrist something is wrong
Over the bend, entirely bonkers
You like me best when I'm off my rocker
Tell you a secret, I'm not alarmed
So what if I'm crazy? The best people are
All the best people are crazy, all the best people are

Where is my prescription?
Doctor, doctor please listen
My brain is scattered
You can be Alice, I'll be the mad hatter" 
--Mad Hatter, Melanie Martinez



Sweater: H&M. Joggers: ASOS Curve. Scarf & Star Earrings: Target. Pumps: Cole Haan. Clutch: BCBGeneration. Crawlers: Forever21.

Photo Credit: J. Vige'

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