The great thing about fashion is that it goes along with the season. As temperatures go down, the dressier looks get more trendy, and there are more chances to experiment. All these said and done, dressing warm and comfortable is still the way to go, especially in the fall and winter.
While these may be an exciting fashion challenge, they can easily drill a hole in one’s pocket. Fret not, because there’s a solution that helps anyone stay in trend while saving a couple of dollars—thrifting!
While rummaging through racks of clothing in physical stores may take more effort, a lot of thrift brands have online stores for easier access. Before clicking the purchase button or running to the nearest boutique, here’s a list of fall/winter essentials for the perfect cozy outfit.
Battle the cold weather with a nice, trendy jacket. Blazers are best for a no-fail office look. Denim jackets give protection from the cold wind while giving the outfit a laid-back vibe.
On the other hand, a leather jacket is an excellent option to stay warm while keeping things edgy. Puffer parkas and fleece jackets give extra comfort and warmth on particularly chilly days.
Cardigans offer a more feminine look to any outfit. They’re also best for those who are in not-so-cold areas but still want to dress up for fall. Choose muted colors for a monochromatic look, or opt for bright, warm tones to add color to an otherwise-gloomy day.
If aiming for an outfit that looks more put together, a coat is an excellent option. There are plenty of designs to choose from.
The classic trench coat is a timeless piece to add to your wardrobe. Meanwhile, wrap and waterfall duster coats can give sophistication to any outfit. Don’t forget to choose ones that are versatile and go well with any occasion.
Tip: splurge a little on this one. Coats can be a lifetime investment.
Try to sell some outerwear you no longer use to earn a few bucks and buy a more versatile and durable coat. It’s easier to sell online nowadays, thanks to drag-and-drop store builders and other online marketplaces.
Dresses are perfect for those who don’t want to be bothered with mixing and matching. Long-sleeved and midlength dresses give extra coverage. However, they require a little bit more layering up, especially for colder days. Make sure to have a nice jacket or a thick coat to go with them.
Knits are probably one of the warmest and most comfortable clothing materials that are perfect for the cold weather. For those who like to keep things simple, opt for monochrome turtlenecks. Bright colors add a little more fun and can be great pieces to mix and match with.
Tip: Don’t use a hanger to keep knits in the closet as this may ruin them. Instead, fold them neatly, and stack them in drawers.
For a preppy and sophisticated look, opt for plaid skirts. These add an extra spice to a plain-colored top and are perfect for work. There are plenty of cuts to choose from, but midlength pencil cuts are best for extra coverage.
For those who aren’t big fans of the preppy look, don’t worry. There are plenty of ways to wear plaid skirts but still be appropriate for the chilly weather.
If jackets aren’t enough to keep you warm, find a pretty scarf to tie the outfit together. Knitted scarves are perfect for snowy days, while silk scarves give a classic feel. Wrap them around the neck, or place them over the shoulders to complete the look.
Stop worrying about your legs freezing in the cold wind, and slip into a pair of leggings. In fact, black leggings are a style staple for fall and go well with dresses and skirts. Remember to choose leggings made from thicker material to keep the limbs toasty.
Time to keep those high heels and strappy sandals and make way for the booties! Leather boots can keep the feet warm while protecting them from the snow. They also make walking easier and more comfortable as they provide more grip in slippery situations. Choose from a wide selection of styles, or get more than one pair for more options.
Tip: when thrift shopping, check first if the boots are in good condition. Wear them and walk a few steps to get a feel of them.
Keep your head and ears warm with hats. Beanies and knit hats are best to keep the look soft and comfortable. Opt for ski and bomber hats for snowy days to feel extra cozy.
Overall, picking the clothes to add to your wardrobe doesn’t have to be expensive. Keep an open mind and an adventurous fashion taste when thrift shopping. Remember that cheap clothes can look expensive when paired with the right pieces.