Polka Dots & Pleats: Winter Weather Style Forecast

Polka Dots & Pleats: Winter Weather Style Forecast

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It’s that time of year again to bundle up and load on the layers. We all remember how cold it was last winter. While most Cincinnatians run to Kroger for milk and bread before the snow falls, I’m hurrying to Kenwood to stock up on winter trends to stay warm this season. With a frigid forecast upon us, get your closet ready for the cold with these winter trends.


Oversized Outerwear & Capes
Outwear is your biggest statement piece in the winter. A warm, fashionable coat is a must-have. This season, Olivia Pope aka Kerry Washington from Scandal is continuing to inspire outwear with the belted look. Of course, my wishlist includes an oversized, colorful belted overcoat. If you’re a bargain shopper, you can find this look at stores like T.J. Maxx or J.Crew Factory.


Capes are also the perfect way to stay warm while looking cute. From errands to the office, capes can be paired with leggings and boots or wool dresses with tights. Capes are cozy and last winter I loved how they flattered my post-baby figure. If you’re going to wear a cape with leggings, make sure it is long enough to cover your backside. I’m a firm believer that if you’re over 16 years old, you can only wear leggings if your top is long enough. Capes with collared shirts, turtlenecks, and scarves are the perfect top layer for winter wear.


Faux fur vests or collars are a classic style for outwear. If you want to stick with a timeless trend, bundle up in a furry piece. It is guaranteed to keep you warm too!


Chunky Sweaters & Scarves
Make these feel a little less bulky by pairing them with fitted pieces like skinny leather pants or fitted jackets. Everyone will be envious of you as you keep warm in the chilly weather with knits. I’d suggest finding winter white sweaters with a flowy fit. Banana Republic offers chunky yet feminine options.


Blanket scarves are also super trendy this season. Just the idea of it makes me less intimidated to weather the cold. Dress it up with a wool blazer or down with boyfriend jeans. Either way, stock up on plaid or print blanket scarves. Target and Forever 21 have affordable options.


Keep your bootie, I mean feet, warm with the right shoes. Booties are a great alternative to pumps and look adorable with opaque tights or skinny jeans. Tan booties are really in this year. Be sure to spray them to protect them from the elements. Speaking of wet weather, on weekends, you’ll find me in my Uggs or Hunters. Regardless of style, make sure you have at least one pair of boots that are waterproof for when the big storm hits. Snow and salt quickly take a toll on winter footwear. If you haven’t already done so, take your boots to a local shoe repair like the one in Mt. Lookout to get them ready for the long winter.


Remember that being warm is always in style. Be sure to locate your warm socks, knit hat, and tech-friendly gloves so you’re all set for the cold weather. Treat yourself to a cozy robe and some slippers for the days when you decide hibernating indoors is a better option.