Tips for Styling a Winter Coat

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style an oversized winter coatGrowing up in Texas, winter dressing has never been my forte. Every single time it snows or ices, I freak out because I have NO clue what shoes to wear. (Seriously though, it’s a problem). Thankfully I was able to survive some Chicago winter weather for a few days – you can get the details on that here – but the fashion lover in me was still a little worried about looking chic.

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Sweater: Ross ($8; similar; plus size option here) | Button down shirt: Old Navy ($20; similar; plus size option) | Jeans: Old Navy Rockstar Jeans (exact; plus size option) | Boots: JC Penney-old (similar) | Bag: TJ Maxx ($29; similar; similar) | Necklace: BaubleBar ($14; exact and still on sale!) | Coat: H&M ($39.99; exact and still on sale!) | NYX Matte Lipstick in Minx ($6; exact) | Photos by Tek Chung
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I know, I know. It’s vain but whatever, clothing is how you present yourself to the world! The only coat I took to Chicago was a giant parka – something that is huge, black and gives me exactly ZERO shape. Yikes.

So how do you combat this? It’s not easy, but here are a few ways to feel chic, even when you’re wearing a giant shapeless coat:

  1. Add a statement scarf – I’m not talking about a normal scarf, this has to be a statement scarf. A faux fur scarf or a plaid blanket scarf will work perfectly!
  2. Patterns patterns patterns! – This outfit was my favorite of the trip because the patterns brought attention to the fact that I wasn’t just a black blob.
  3. Keep it slim on bottom – If you’re wearing an oversized coat, try to stick with slimmer cuts on bottom. It doesn’t have to be leggings or super skinny jeans but I would avoid wide silhouettes like culouttes or trouser pants. Let’s go ahead and leave the Jncos at home too 😉
  4. Kill it with shoes and a bag – Wear shoes and a bag that make you feel awesome! They’ll elevate your look and your confidence too.

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Valery

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