Winter traveling may not be everyone's first vacation choice, I mean who wants to be freezing after all? But with the right winter travel outfit to keep warm you can truly enjoy your new destination! And look chic while doing it.
How to Look Chic and Stay Warm When Traveling in the Winter
I've been on a couple of winter trips where I did not pack right and let me tell you, it can almost ruin a trip! How can you get the most out of your vacation when you're too cold and freezing to walk around and take it all in? Here are some things that I learned and what I would pack differently next time!
1. Pick a long, thick coat in a neutral color
This is the foundation to any winter look. I love hacks on how to look expensive without spending a lot of money, but I've learned some things are worth spending extra money on. Wanting something to be thick and warm is a no-brainer, but the style is up to you!
Do you want to look more chic? Go with a long wool coat in a neutral color, like camel. I just love camel coats and would collect them like little bunny figurines if I could.
Want to make a statement? Go with a faux fur coat. These are very eye-catching and surprisingly warm!
I'm not against puffy coats at all, but I think wool coats or peacoats take the cake here and this post is about looking chic, but it's definitely personal preference!
2. Get boots that are sturdy, yet stylish
It can be harder to find boots where style and functionality meet, but keep looking because you don't want your boots to be an afterthought!
I don't recommend short ankle boots. Go with something a little taller to keep those precious ankles protected from slush, snow, and wind.
But also not too tall if you want a Parisian chic style. Did you know that French woman don't really wear tall boots? I heard this once and then noticed it for myself when I went to Paris in November and saw that all the women were wearing chic black short boots!
Also, you'll want a good waterproof material. Not the time for that suede that leaves white water rings when it dries! Definitely not chic.
Overall you want your feet to be toasty and yet you want to look "downtown ready"...not like you're about to hit the slopes. But I've rounded up some that I think make the cut!
3. Show off your style with a hat
Hats are going to keep you warm, yes, but this is a place where you can show off some style!
From personal experience, I haven't really noticed a warmth difference from hats that are $15 or $50. I don't think you have to splurge here...why not save a little money or put it into your coats or boots!
Since the rest of your outfit is already pretty warm, why not considering upping the chic factor with a beret that has cute embellishments and designs? Berets aren't as warm, but they're chic!
But pom pom beanies are really cute too!
I think leather gloves are very classy, sleek, and really polish off a look!
If you want to stay extra warm you can get the ones with the touch screen fingers so you don't have to take your gloves off when you're using your phone!
There are so many cute options for scarves out there! Just think big and fluffy!
I also love the idea of doing a fur collar- it will have you looking very cool yet still staying warm.
Okay, now for the actual clothing items...
It's time for thicker fabrics, so leave the silk/satin stuff at home.
You want sweaters of course! They're thick and cozy. Turtlenecks are also cute and they keep your neck more covered so that's a plus.
Learn from my mistakes like when I visited New York in a huge snowstorm and I packed like it was a brisk fall day. Eek. Since then I've learned how you can stay warm and yet still look chic and I hope these tips helped for when you're traveling in the winter or visiting any snowy destination!
So tell me, where are you headed off to next?