New Castle News

January 2, 2013

Sarah Stright-Hartley: Staying warm in style

Sarah Stright-Hartley
New Castle News


I have a closet full of coats and accessories for winter.  Because we have to suffer through this season in our part of the world, I like being able to change up my style with a few simple tweaks.  And it's easy for you to do the same- even on a limited budget.  So many stores offer inexpensive coats these days from Old Navy to Forever 21 to Wet Seal that it's easy to have a few that you can reach to.  On the right you'll see a few examples of different styles you can show off.
The first is a classic.  A gray peacoat is staple year in and year out.  When paired with other classic accessories, like a knit hat, leather gloves, and plaid scarf you will look timeless.  Tall, black (waterproof!) boots add to this style for a clean and crisp look.  I picture this look worn with dark skinny jeans tucked into the boots and a white button down shirt on top.
The second look is much more girly.  A cape is such a dramatic and pretty alternative to a coat.  Especially when paired with classic ear muffs and a snood in faux fur.  A pretty bow glove and tall (faux) fur lined boots are the perfect finishing touches.  Wear this look with white skinny jeans (yes, even in winter), and a beautiful soft cashmere sweater.
The final look is for when you're feeling sporty.  A cute beanie hat mixed with optional fingerless mittens (for putting on your ski gear) and a chunky black scarf (with subtle details) looks perfect with a sleek puffer coat.  Warm lace up boots are the best compliment.  Wear this when you're out hitting the slopes (or sledding!) in your ski pants and long john shirt.
What style do you wear most during the winter?  Do you like mixing it up?
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