When it comes to dressing for cold weather, personal style often takes a back seat to more practical things, like, you know, warmth. It’s easy to lose an interesting silhouette beneath multiple layers, and bundling up almost always conceals the details (like a great cuff or a cool back) that make a piece special. That said, there are strategies you can use to dress sensibly, weatherwise, without forsaking your feminine side; we’ve outlined three below. When in doubt? Pile on the platinum—there’s no such thing as too much sparkle.
PLAY WITH PATTERN
While you can’t avoid layering altogether, what you can do is maximize the parts of your outfit that will show even when you have a coat or cardigan on. Our suggestion: Start with a flippy polka-dot dress, add knee-high boots and a bold lip, and drape a delicate platinum chain over the neckline.
Another easy way to bring femininity to your layered looks? Be intentional about your color palette. A bubble-gum pink knit paired with rosy-nude trousers, a chocolate-brown jacket, and sleek, tonal sock boots is girlie but not juvenile.
DIAL IN THE DETAILS
This strategy is about adding ladylike flourishes wherever possible: a fanciful necktie up top, sweeping hems below, and metallic accessories—like these mirror-ball-effect Mary Janes—throughout. Cap things off with a light-catching ring and a complementary platinum-and-freshwater-pearl bracelet fastened around your wrist.