Do you find it hard to create outfits that showcase your sense of style and keep you warm in the winter. I do, I love living in New York and Experiencing all four seasons, but it is hard to be warm and stylish at times. Tired of feeling like I had push aside style for warmth, I decided to start creating outfits the way I wanted with that in mind. Since then I’ve come up with a few must have wardrobe pieces for the winter season that has me feeling happy every time I go, today I’m sharing my list of winter wardrobe must-haves. Before we get to the rest of the post happy Valentine’s Day!!
7 Winter Wardrobe Must Haves For Everyday Women
- Sweater Dresses: I am obsessed with sweater dresses, during my college years I wore them often. This wardrobe piece is easy to put on and style. You can add a belt, leggings, and ankle boots or bike shorts and tall boots and you should be warm and stylish. A sweater dress is my favorite go-to piece for cold weather days as long as the dress I’m wearing is also long sleeve because you have to have a little more functionality after all.
- Boots: Ankle, Knee-High, or Combat : I love boots for all the seasons. When I first started experimenting with my style, I hated two things, always wearing jeans because I was sitting and constantly wearing sneakers. My disability makes it hard for me to wear heels because of the way my feet sit in the shoes when I’m in my chair so boots are a great middle ground. If you have some of the same issues, I recommend trying combat boots, for a cute yet casual look and ankle or tall boots for a more dressed up look depending on the style of the boot. Play around with them, have fun with it. As fun as it is to find pieces that can be multipurpose for your wardrobe sometimes, you have to get something made for the season. Your winter wardrobe must-haves list can’t be complete without a pair of winter boots. A little more functional than style made these can still be cute. I love having a good pair because it gives me piece of mind that my feet won’t slip if I have to transfer during a bad weather day and my feet are warm too.
- Off The Shoulder & Cold Shoulder Sweaters & Tops: There are some trends that come and go that I could care less about, but I hope the Off- Shoulder and Cold Shoulder trends are here to stay for a while. I’m having so much fun playing with these styles. As a wheelchair user I know people are going to look at my legs out of curiosity, but if you’re a wheelchair user like you can redirect their attention with the top half of your outfit. Being a wheelchair user can at times mean you are limited in what you are wearing on the bottom half of your body, but you have more freedom with tops.
Off The Shoulder as well as cold shoulder tops bring the focus from your legs and your wheelchair or other mobility aid to your neckline, torso, and more importantly your arms, places you want people to focus. Since these styles are so popular right now in addition to the one shoulder look, there are various ways to wear and find a way that fits your sense of style. If you want to ensure that you’ll be warm despite the winter weather, start with a cold shoulder sweater top to try out the style and functionality for the season.
- Scarves: In my opinion, accessories are underrated when it comes to creating an outfit. It is easy to overlook them, but they can help tie an outfit together in addition to keeping you warm. I’ve fallen back in love with scarves this season. You can get one that matches your outerwear or something that’s neutral to match your outerwear that you can keep throughout the day to keep warm in a cold building. If you’re a wheelchair user using a manual chair and still want to wear scarves, do what I did, shop for infinity scarves.
- Beanies: Beanies are another item you might be keeping, despite being inside and taking off your coat. Hats can either help you hide a bad hair day or help you quickly style your hair in a way that frames your face while running around outside. You can go for a cute casual look by getting a beanie with a pom or simple knitted one that matches the vibe of your outfit if the first one isn’t your style.
- Cardigans: Cardigans have been around for years and they’re aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.This winter instead of going with the traditional button up cardigan, I’ve found myself wearing the open front cardigan. If you want to go for a relaxed casual look, you can get one that has a busier pattern or a hood. If that’s not your style or you’re looking for a multipurpose option, a neutral or dark color that comes with a great option. If you’re a wheelchair user and don’t want to end up sitting on the cardigan or get it caught in your wheels along with getting dirty, you’ll be able to find some options with a bit of looking around. I’ve found ones that I like at Charlotte Russe and Macy’s
- Leggings: Leggings are pretty much a style staple for any season, but there are leggings for colder weather, with a pair of these you don’t have to give up on being stylish to be comfortable and warm. I’m still looking for a pair that I love that’s also functional, still they are yes for me when layering especially with a sweater dress and tall boots.
Style is supposed to be fun, not difficult. Being a wheelchair user and dressing for the weather can make sticking to your style and feeling amazing in your clothes can make that a little difficult, but it can be done. These are my go-to winter wardrobe pieces. Do you have pieces that are your winter wardrobe must-haves? Let me know in the comments.
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