Happy December, City Style!
As November and its unpredictable mix of temperatures are finally behind us, it is officially winter in the Windy City. The infamous Chicago weather pulls a Billy Joel and goes to the extreme: numbingly cold temperatures, overcast skies, and strong winter wind validate the city’s nickname of the “Windy City”. These severe weather conditions make it difficult for even the chicest fashionistas to adapt. How are we supposed to rock a plaid-and-leather mini skirt when it’s -20 degrees outside?! Luckily for you, I have discovered that this seasons most coveted trends are in fact wearable in winter weather.
Perhaps the easiest to wear, monochrome pervaded the Fall/Winter Ready-to-wear runways at major houses including Celine and Alexander Wang’s Balenciaga. When dressing in monochrome, there is a fine line between chic and, as we say in French, ennuyeux (translation: boring). To stay en vogue, add some variety to your outfit by playing with different textures. Add touches of faux fur, leather, or jacquard and you’re golden. Layers are key for braving the cold, and a perfect way to incorporate texture into your outfit. Wool tights, knee socks, faux fur gilets, and patterned scarves are necessities. Hit up Zara and H&M for affordable pieces that can be easily assimilated into your winter wardrobe.
Skirt -H&M ($49.95)
Sweater With Sheer Stripe- Zara ($49)
Ever since its nascence centuries ago, tartan (plaid’s older sister) has been a staple pattern. This season, tartan was seen all over the runways; from Givenchy where artistic director, Riccardo Tisci, used tartan to embellish his rocker-inspired collection, to Versace, where tartan decorated a variety of silhouettes. Whether you only want to dip your toes in tartan or dive right in, keep it chic by accessorizing minimally and not mixing patterns. Turn to Topshop and Nordstrom for classic tartan and plaid pieces.
Moto Black Check Leigh Jeans – Topshop ($80)
Eyelash Plaid Cardigan – Nordstrom ($68)
Ever since boyfriend jeans became all the rage, women all over the world have realized that it is possible to wear menswear without actually looking like a man. Leandra Medine, the “man repeller” herself, has proven this theory to be true, outfitting herself in suits, shoulder pads, and various clothing items commonly reserved for men, yet she still manages to look undeniably chic. Designers such as Donna Karan, Emporio Armani, and Richard Nicoll included menswear-for-women in this seasons collections, outfitting models in tailored separates and structured coats. Though wearing a full on suit is perfectly feasible if that’s your style, I recommend wearing menswear extras, such as loafers, oversized coats, and dress shirts for a look more hallway than runway. Here are a few options from Need Supply and Zara:
Jacquard Trousers with Turn-Up Hem – Zara ($59.90)
Carmen Double-Breasted Coat – Need Supply ($110)
Cheers to staying fashionably warm!