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Cold weather fashion survival guide for women
 
Published Wednesday, January 2, 2013 3:30 pm
by Brandpoint

The cold weather season is upon us. Looking chic when the temperature drops is simple when you incorporate a few basic tips to update your style and help you look your best.

National fashion expert Sydne Summer shares her top three fashion tips to help you face the winter weather in style and remain chic and fashionable throughout the season.

Tip No. 1: Try a new trend

Two of the biggest trends you will see this cold weather season are peplum shapes and leather. Peplum, seen in both tops and dresses, is an elongated hem that resembles a short skirt. The style is flattering on all silhouettes and provides a touch of glamour on the coldest of days.

From leather jackets to dresses and tops, classic leather is always cool. Paired with either jeans or business attire, leather can make a statement day or night.

Summer adds that sleeveless leather dresses are the perfect alternative to a classic black dress. “It is a bit edgier, but equally as versatile,” she said. Colored leather tanks can also brighten up the dreariest winter outfits.

Tip No. 2: Do not be afraid to go sleeveless

Going sleeveless is always chic, especially during the winter months. In a recent study conducted by Dove, more than half of the women surveyed said they feel sexy and feminine when going sleeveless.

“When going sleeveless in colder weather it is important to moisturize,” Summer said. “Skin gets dryer in the winter so make sure to apply lotion to your arms and a moisturizing antiperspirant to your underarms.”

When choosing a sleeveless outfit, chose one that is appropriate for your body type. If you have a fuller bust, opt for v-necklines when going sleeveless. Alternately, if you have a smaller chest, aim for a high neckline. Petite women can also benefit from a sleeveless turtleneck, which helps elongate their frames.

Tip No. 3: Embrace layering for comfort and fashion

Just because it is chilly outside does not mean that it is time to pack away your lightweight tops. Layering is the perfect way to transition from fall into winter and ensure that you do not have to leave your favorite sleeveless styles behind.

“When layering, pay attention to fabrics to avoid looking bulky,” said Summer. “Lightweight fabrics are a safe bet. You always want the layer closest to your body to be the tightest. For example, a thin, form-fitting tank top works better under a dress than a long-sleeve knit.”

You can also use layers to update old pieces in your wardrobe. Add a pop of color by layering with a bold scarf or bright pair of tights, or give last year’s coat a facelift by layering with a faux fur neck muff.

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