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Growing 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
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:
- 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!
- 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.
- 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 😉
- 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.
Next time you grab that parka to face the chill, make sure to use the three tips above to feel your best!