8 Winter Fashion Tips You'll Actually Want to Try in 2021
From creative layering to dressing up leggings, here's how to combine comfort and style for the months ahead.
For the better part of 2020, our biggest fashion questions were ones of genuine confusion. Do we really need to get dressed while working from home? Where can we buy more sweatsuits? And, when will we finally get to wear the dresses, skirts, and slacks still sitting in our closet?
While we're unfortunately still navigating what, exactly, it means to have style during a global pandemic, we do know that for winter 2021, layering remains important, especially as the cold (and, ugh, snow) comes rolling on in. That's why it makes perfect sense that the season's top trends and tips have less to do with details like ruffles and sequins, and more do with layering, scarves, and finding fun outerwear.
To provide you with a bit of inspiration, model Munaiya Bilal took a few of the season's key pieces for a spin around N.Y.C., demonstrating a some unexpected and, yes, practical ways to wear them in the months ahead.
On freezing cold days, you might feel the need to pile on those sweaters and jackets. But dressing for warmth doesn't always equal boring. Let a layer with a print or eye-catching trim peek out from beneath your coat to add some spice to your outdoor ensemble.
Go Beyond the Basics
We love our puffers and classic black coats, but if you're tired of blending in (or never getting show off your specific aesthetic, since you're always bundled up), choose to stand out. Instead of wearing solids and neutrals, find a trench or top coat with a playful print.
Swap Out Your Sweats
We get it: loungewear is it right now. But if you're searching for a way to combine comfort and style for when you (safely) venture out, try a baggy pair of khaki pants. They'll be loose on your legs, allowing for movement, but are sleek and elevated at the same time.
Mix and Match
Instead of haphazardly throwing on shirts, sweaters, and scarves, dare yourself to mix prints while sticking with the same color scheme.
Invest in a Neckerchief
We love the look of a turtleneck or collared shirt layered underneath button-downs and sweaters, but sometimes, piling on those pieces can make us feel a little too toasty. A small neck scarf tucked into your top will provide a similar pop, minus the risk of sweating.
You don't have to stick with the traditional winter staples when layering this season. Add a vest, a corset top, a tee, or a crop top over your long-sleeved shirt or sweater, creating a combination that will keep the cold out, but, at the same time, is far from traditional or expected.
Add in Some Color
While winter is known for its neutrals and darker shades, it's worth it to add in a small splash of color, taking your look to the next level. You don't have to go all out, either. Blue stripes or even a vibrant, beaded bag is an easy way to add oomph to your outfit.
Go Beyond Your Comfort Zone
We're still big supporters of wearing leggings as pants, and will forever be fans of pajama dressing. Combine comfort with fashion by dressing up your loungewear and stretchy pieces with structured jackets and shirts, or reach for prints and color over traditional black and gray.
For more stories like this, pick up the January 2021 issue of InStyle, available on newsstands, on Amazon, and for digital download Dec 18th.