It always feels like there aren’t many options for formal attire in the dead of winter. Your choices, it seems, are limited; you’re bound to go out looking either frumpy and lumpy or freezing and sneezing. And neither proposition is all that appealing to the modern fashionista. Never fear! Fortunately for you, there are other options. From sexy-warm cigarette pants to long velvet dresses, dressing up and looking great in the middle of winter is an actual possibility. Read on for the best solutions to the winter formalwear conundrum.
When you’re shopping for the perfect winter dress, shop with your hands instead of your eyes. Fabric plays a huge role in winter dress up. You can get away with heavy, luxurious material in the colder months that would be inconceivable during the heat of summer. Throw on a dress of silk or satin and you’ll add a little shine to the shorter days. Or wear velvet instead. Velvet dresses are both super warm and super sexy; everyone will want to be touching that soft, soft sleeve. Velvet, silk and satin dresses are available in every cut and color, so it’ll be easy to find the perfect fit.
Make sure you choose dresses that pop with color. Winter is no season for subtlety, so don’t be afraid to be bold. Deep, rich colors will brighten the darkest of winter days. And allow your accessories to work with you against the cold. Pair your silk dress with stockings and ankle boots and you’ll be able to walk from the parking lot to the party without getting the shivers.
If you’re interested in following the latest trends, wear something red. Fashion forecasters say red is the color of winter this year, and all signs point to Designers are already rolling out the fire for this winter; everyone will be seeing red. Lace is another trendy option; for something delicate and winter-wind defying. And if you’re feeling up to the challenge, wear a dress that combines both elements. George Gross has a red lace dress that’s sure to turn heads. Just make sure you wear a long coat and long gloves to stay nice and warm.
In these modern times, formalwear is no longer restrictive to dresses and skirts. Consider wearing satin cigarette pants and a luxuriously soft sweater. Throw on a pair of pumps and a pearl necklace and your classic beauty will stand out no matter where you are. Or pair high-waisted form-fitting pants with a more billowy silk top and you’ll be crowned the winter pirate queen. Throw on a pair of stiletto boots and you’ll be unstoppable. Unstoppable and warm, that is.
So there you have it; it is possible to dress up and look beautiful without freezing to death. Of course, you can always wear your sexy strapless dress and your date’s warm coat, shivering seductively, but wouldn’t you rather wear something more winter-appropriate?