Want to stay true to your style without freezing? Don’t fret! There are plenty of ways you can dress for fall and winter while still making a fashion statement - and rocking an alternative, edgy look that's anything but mainstream!
Here are some ideas on how to stay warm without losing your style.
Find a Signature Jacket
While you will want to find an awesome winter jacket that will keep you warm in the colder months, it’s also important to find one that suits your style! It’s important to consider what type of look you’re going for. Black leather jackets are a popular alternative style choice.
Another option may be a plaid or solid colored pea coat, a trench coat or a bomber jacket. There are plenty of great coat and jacket options out there to choose from. The key is finding one that best suits you!
Rock Your Footwear
Boots are a great alternative style option for winter. Whether you’re going for a punk look or more of a gothic edge the possibilities are endless. You might consider opting for a pair of chunky black leather boots, to pair with grunge style clothing. Or, opting for boots with a spiked heel is a great way to give a sharp-edged look to gothic outfits.
If you're looking for a more retro-inspired style then platform boots, or a pair of chic booties in a bold color, such as red or burgundy is a great look at this time of year. Or, for a more functional pair of boots, you might consider rainboots or work boots, which pair perfectly with heavy metal fashion or urban and streetwear-inspired styles. Not only will the right pair of boots keep your feet warm, but they will really help pull your winter outfit together!
Looking for options besides boots? A pair of black and white lace-up sneakers can make for a great punk look! Ballet flats or bold-colored pumps can also be an ideal option.
Have Fun with Different Layers and Textures
Layering can help keep you warm and make a great fashion statement in the cooler temperatures. You have can have so much fun with your layers by combining items that you might not normally think to pair together. For example, you might consider wearing both a graphic shirt and a sweater.
You will also want to consider combining multiple textures for a unique alternative style look this winter. Wearing more than one material can make your entire outfit stand out - and is particularly popular with punk style ensembles. For instance, a smooth leather jacket combined with a distressed t-shirt and a pair of ripped denim jeans with fishnets underneath is a pretty kickass punk outfit that makes use of multiple layers and textures.
Or if you want a more gothic winter outifit, you might consider combining a black cotton dress with leather or a velvet hooded coat. Not only will all of the different layers and textures look awesome, but you’ll also find it keeps you toasty warm!
Find New Ways to Wear Dresses and Skirts
If you enjoy wearing dresses and skirts, you don’t have to give them up just because winter is here! There are a number of ways you can still wear dresses and skirts and still stay warm. For example, you might consider trading your fishnet stockings for thigh highs. You could also wear a dress or skirt with leggings.
Another option would be to go for knee-high boots over a pair of skin-tight skinny jeans, and then wear a tunic dress over the top for a relaxed boho style that's perfect for winter. Layer up with a fur-trim coat for a modern 60s fashion style, or give the look an interesting twist with a leather jacket.
Make a Bold Statement with Leggings
When in doubt - rock a pair of leggings in a cute, edgy style!
Not only will leggings keep you warm this winter, they can be worn in so many different ways! You can wear them with dresses, graphic t-shirts or sweaters. They are a warmer option than going bare-legged or wearing fishnet stockings. Instead of opting for typical leggings, why not choose leggings that will stand out? Velvet, leather, and lace leggings can all give a gothic touch to your fall and winter outfits. Another option is to choose leggings in a bold color, such as red or purple.
Choose the Right Accessories
Cold weather is a great time to embrace edgy accessories, such as hats, scarves, and gloves. You’ll want to choose accessories that best represent your style. There are so many different things you can do in terms of accessories, which can either make or break your entire ensemble. You might consider opting for black accessories or you might choose a statement color that will pop out with the rest of your outfit.
You will also want to consider what style of accessories best suit you. From infinity scarves to oblong scarves, there are so many different scarf styles to choose from. Think about patterns, too – look for skulls, roses, and other traditional goth and alternative patterns. There are also a number of different hat styles you might choose to incorporate into your winter outfits. Women’s fedoras and beanies are some great alternative style options.
While handbags, jewelry, and sunglasses are accessories that you might incorporate into your outfits all year long, it’s important to keep in mind that they can also play a key role in your fall/winter wardrobe!
Don’t Forget About Your Hair and Makeup
Keep in mind that even when you bundle up this winter, you can still stay true to your style by focusing on your hair and makeup. You might consider trying a new hairstyle or a new color for the season. If you decide to dye your hair with non-natural hair color, you might consider a wintry color, such as blue, purple or silver. Red and orange are also popular options during the fall and winter months. Platinum blonde is also a popular look this time of year.
In terms of a hairstyle, you might consider opting for that short pixie haircut you always wanted or go with a bold mohawk. You might also choose to embrace your natural hair texture, whether it be straight, wavy or curly. There are so many different things you can do with your hair to make the statement you’re going for!
When doing your makeup, think about choosing cool colors for the winter months. Cool browns, blues, grays, and purples are all great options for this season. Pastels are also a popular winter hue, and are a great accent to a pastel goth look. You can experiment with different shades or amounts of eyeliner. Whatever makeup looks you decide to go with, keep in mind that a bold red or burgundy lip can also make a great fall/winter fashion statement.
With some extra thought and consideration, you can bundle up and still stay true to your look.
What’s your favorite way to stay warm and stylish? Comment below!