Q: What is a fun, new way that I can jazz up my winter look?
A: Add a scarf to your winter ensemble! There are so many fun ways you can style it, that you can get so many looks out of just one scarf!
In my opinion, scarves don’t get enough credit in the winter wardrobe department. Not only are they highly functional for warmth, but they add an eye-catching color or pattern to any outfit. I recently purchased an oversized camel scarf with fringe that I never leave home without. It’s so large that it drags on the ground if I don’t wrap it around a few times, but that’s the beauty of it! I can style it so many ways that it’s like I have a new scarf every time I wear it! So, do yourself a favor and purchase an oversized scarf this winter and here are a few ways you can style it!
The Simple Drape
The simple drape is the easiest way you can wear your scarf as you simply let your scarf drape around your neck and let it hang. This may not be the warmest way to wear your scarf but it will definitely provide a nice pop of color or pattern mixing to your outfit. Think a solid colored, long wool coat paired with a plaid or houndstooth print scarf. This style is a casual chic streetwear look that pairs great with everything.
The Belted Drape
The belted drape style is another great way to change up your look. When belted, you kinda get that cool menswear sweater vest vibe that’s really on trend right now. To achieve this look, simply drape your scarf evenly around your neck and let it hang over your outfit. Then, add a skinny belt over the scarf at your waist. This look would work with a basic white long sleeve tunic and jeans. You could totally play around with different types of belts with big belt buckles too. Finally, layer your belted scarf with your favorite winter coat.
The toss is another staple in the world of scarf styling. It’s a common way to wear your scarf, but noteworthy, as it’s classy and sophisticated. Simply drape your scarf evenly around your neck, then toss one end over your shoulder. This look goes with anything from dressy to casual! I like to wear mine tossed over my left shoulder then I spread out the sides for a drapey look. Pair it with a T-shirt, jeans and winter coat.
The Reverse Drape
The reverse drape looks similar to the look of a cowl neck sweater. Simply drape the scarf evenly around your neck and let it hang. Then, toss each end of the scarf over each shoulder. Finally, pull and fluff the scarf to create that cowl-neck effect which will definitely keep your neck warm. This will also pair nicely over a simple top or sweater.
The European Loop or Classic Pull Through
The European loop is a classic. This scarf styling technique is fairly standard but it’s still chic and will polish off your look. For this tie, double your scarf in half, and loop it over your neck to bring both of the ends to the front. Then, pull the loose ends through the loop and gently tighten. This one is great for showcasing your scarf and for keeping your neck warm! This style is great dressed up or down.
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If you are a bargain shopper and wait until the end of the holiday season to shop the sales, then now is the time for you! This is the time many stores clear out any leftover holiday decor or clothing the day after Christmas by putting them on clearance or major mark downs. In the week after Christmas last year, DealNews.com reported “about 26% of deals were on clothing and accessories.” So, this is a shopper’s chance to get some major discounts or to stock up on items for next year! Who says holiday shopping has to end at Christmas?! It is also important to have a game plan so that you know where all the deals are at. Here is some guidance on what to shop for after the holidays and all the best post-Christmas sales in clothing and accessories.
Merchandisers begin to roll over their cold weather stock to start preparing for new spring merch beginning in mid to late January. So, now is a good time to start looking out for New Years sales on all types of cold weather gear, ski clothes, coats, jackets, gloves, hats and vests. Check out these amazing deals in the cold-weather shop. There’s great stuff for the entire family too and now’s the time to stock up on all the winter coats and accessories!
As mentioned above, stores are getting ready for the next season, spring. Therefore, heavier pieces like coats and jackets will need to be replaced with spring apparel. I love a good puffer coat which is a great style to grab right now and the prices are insane! Expect to see lots of sales going on now through the end of January, so keep your eyes peeled.
Pajamas & Robes
As one of the hottest items of the Christmas season, it’s funny how quickly their popularity changes the second the holiday passes. Regardless, you can find some great deals on cozy PJs and robes at great prices. You can either use them this year, especially if you live in a colder environment, or stock up for next year! Robes and pajamas rarely go out of style, so find ones that are high in quality too.
Winter Snow Boots & Slippers
Now is also a great time to buy those expensive boots or luxe slippers you have been eyeing for several months! Treat yourself and without the guilt because so many retailers have slashed their prices on your favorite boots and slippers. Don’t ask me why, but I had to have these slippers with sequins on them. Especially, because I found them at a great price! Special deals and sequins get me every time!
You know all those glitzy and sparkly items that we normally wear around Christmas and New Years? Well, I bet most stores have a little extra merch that they want to sell given that this year’s holiday season was mainly at-home. So, all those sequin dresses, satin skirts, and velvet jumpers await. This is another great opportunity to score fun glam pieces for next year at a discount. Or, if you just like sparkly pieces in general to rock anytime of the year like me! Sequin slippers anyone?
Major retailers also tend to drop prices on fashion jewelry such as earrings, necklaces and bracelets. You can find items like everyday 18k gold-plated stud earrings, a statement necklace a unique Turquoise cocktail ring. I love snagging an extra set of stud earrings or small hoops as somehow I also tend to misplace mine. Side note: most fine jewelry will not go on sale or be discounted in department stores until after the Valentine’s Day holiday. So, for now, grab some fun, fashion jewelry pieces at a great price.
This time of year is also a great time to shop men’s suits! Personally, I remember my dad shopping for work suits the day after Christmas every year with my uncle. It was like their little tradition together. He would usually find two or three new suits each year that he could rotate into his suit collection. Suits can be pricey, so this was a pretty good idea/investment. Thus, depending on what you are looking for, there are some great finds shopping menswear as well.
It is important to keep in mind that while these deals and sales may last a long time, the selection will decrease over time and sell out quickly. Especially in sizes, colors, and top-selling picks. Most sales last through January, but make sure you shop before then if you want the best items to choose from. So make sure to start your post-Christmas shopping earlier if you want to get the best selection at the best prices! For other tips on day after Christmas sales on non-clothing items, find them here. Happy hunting, everyone!