How to Dress Well in the Winter, Parka and All
Winter is truly the worst. Your skin gets dry, your hair gets static-y, and it is literally impossible to dress cute. Or so you thought. Even though we’re hearing this winter is going to be a mild one (knock on wood), we’re willing to bet your parka and boots will still be getting plenty of wear. So with that being said, we asked our Style Panel how they stay cozy in the winter while still looking good.
Question 149: How do you look good when it’s absolutely freezing outside? Read the answers now! »
Becky Kung, 32
Calgary | Velvet & Vino
For me, it’s all about staying warm and cozy. I look for super warm parkas that have a stylish edge because I’m not willing to sacrifice style, nor am I willing to sacrifice staying warm in the frigid temperatures. I love puffer parka jackets for just that, and look for those extra details in the design, such as fur trim or leather add-ons. I love pairing a parka with a black dress, because it makes me feel holiday ready!
Becky’s wearing: Parka, dress, boots, gloves and clutch by Rudsak
Kira Paran, 29
Edmonton | Northern Style Exposure
I’m not ashamed to say I have a very large outerwear collection. Let’s face the facts, for half of the year a coat is the item that most people see throughout my day. I love to find coats that are not your average piece, take this Freed and Freed Vancouver coat for example. Aside from the buffalo plaid print, I love that the leather toggles add visual interest and the hood makes it functional for snowy conditions. It is a showstopper. I get so many compliments wherever I wear it. So my advice for staying warm, but still looking chic, is to consider investing in a few amazing coats and jackets. Look for quality pieces that will keep you warm: wool, down-filled or cashmere. Consider purchasing a coat with a print or pattern. And finally, always pay attention to the little details. Find a piece of outerwear that has some visual interest like a toggle, leather arm patches or gold buttons.
Kira’s wearing: Coat, Freed and Freed. Pants, Gap. Mukluks. SoftMoc. Bag, Chloé. Lips, Tatcha.
The secret to looking good when it’s freezing outside is to invest in a high-quality wool structured coat, like the one I’m wearing in the photo – it’s from my favorite Vancouver designer, Aces of Armor. The wool coat can keep you warm from the brisk winter condition, while you look sharp and smart. Styling with a high turtleneck sweater adds perfection to the whole outfit.
Claire’s wearing: Coat and dress, Aces of Armor. Sweater, Lamoda 101. Boots, Sam Edelman. Bag, Sophie Hulme.
Laura Mitbrodt, 31
Victoria | Laura Jane Atelier
If I want to wear a dress and it is freezing outside, I make sure that I wear warm tights and boots topped with my faux shearling coat and blanket for that extra warmth.
Laura’s wearing: Coat, California Moonrise. Dress, California Moonrise. Necklace, Charming Charlie. Faux fur throw, Royal Scout. Boots, Frye.
Sheena Virmani, 27
Calgary | Sheena Virmani
During the winter, my style is influenced by striving to keep warm and looking good at the same time. Investing in a great wool coat helps me to stay warm when dressing for the harsh Canadian winters. I love this coat from Aritzia because it really adds warmth and is super stylish/versatile as well. The white chunky knit is a recent find, and has become one of my winter favourites because it is cozy and the lace trim satisfies my inner fashionista. Lastly, accessorizing with a cute toque is another great way to add both style and warmth to an outfit.
Sheena’s wearing: Sweater, Urban Outfitters. Jeans, Old Navy. Coat, Aritzia. Toque, Aritzia.