By: Stephanie Alexis
Between the snow storms hanging over the east coast, and the few days thus far this year it was acceptable to wear just a sweater out, it’s become nearly impossible to pick out the ‘perfect’ outfit without checking the weather a few times before leaving the house. No matter what, we will never be able to control Mother Nature and her wacky weather-mood swings. Luckily, we can control how we deal with the crazy, ever-changing temperatures and unpredictable bouts of snow, rain, and sun.
As a personal stylist, I have had my fair share of moments with my clients, and even myself, where the weather throws us for a loop. However, in fashion it’s not only smart but also necessary to have a back up plan.
For starters, grab a sturdy pair of booties! Shoes are usually the first fabulous thing to go when it’s raining or snowing. Slip into a good pair of booties with a decent heel so you’re not worrying about slipping and sliding all over the place. If you really must slip on some now snow boots, then Hunter has an array of fabulous colors for a simple look.
Ditch the heavy puffer coats. I get it, its freezing and the wind has no kindness for those who don’t properly layer. It’s instinct to grab a shapeless fluffy coat and hope for the best. However, please don’t! Just because it’s a mess outside, does not mean you should let go of your style. SNOWMAN New York has amazing designs that are lightweight, cool, and most importantly warm!
When in doubt, accessorize. Okay so you have a standard peacoat that takes you from the office to drinks with your friends. Spice your look up a bit add something fun! A couple elements here and there really help polish off your look. A faux fur shoulder bag, or leopard print belt over your coat little things you can do to make a big impact.
Have a backup outfit at least already in mind. Trust me, we all face those moments when we have a cute ensemble picked out, but then it starts pouring after you specifically remember your weather app said it was only supposed to be cloudy at best. I have a standard rainy, cold day look that I stick with and can change up a bit: a white button down, skinny ankle-length trousers, and black booties. With this formula I can plug and play with accessories and throw in a funky handbag or umbrella for some extra cool points.
Pick out your look for the next morning, on the night before. Before heading to bed I try to get an up to date weather report on the next day. If I have a meeting or something I make sure to look at the weather for those specific hours and start putting together my look—down to my earrings. I’m guilty for abusing the snooze button so I tend to be scrambled in the morning. I like having everything set up so that I’m not running around like crazy in the AM. I even set up my vanity with my makeup for the day.
Stephanie Alexis is a New York City stylist, wardrobe consultant and owner of SA Style Studio (http://www.sastylestudio.com/). She has studied fashion design, business management, and entrepreneurship in hopes of one day being able to fun her own fashion company. Stephanie has made it her priority and career to lead men and women in creative, professional, and stylish directions within their personal tastes through SA Style Studio.
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