At the heart of all winter outfits are the goals to remain safe and avoid injuries like frostbite or hypothermia. However, just because the temperature is rapidly dropping does not mean your commitment to a fashionable outfit needs to waver! Winter fashion presents an opportunity to get creative as you create chic looks that still let you remain warm and cozy.

Most people think you have to choose between style or warmth in winter. It is hard to look fashionable while freezing or drowning in a fluffy puffer jacket. Depending on where you live, you might find yourself fighting this battle for many months. With some creativity, though, you will find that it is possible to be warm and stylish. Ready for some hints, tips, and tricks? Check out our top style suggestions that will keep you warm and fashion-forward this winter.

Make Shoes Slip Resistant

Your booties might be cute with a dress in summer, but they present a slip hazard in winter. Sidewalks are often slick with ice and just inviting a tumble. To keep wearing your favorite shoes year-round, you need to make them slip-resistant.

Making shoes slip-resistant becomes easy thanks to Boot Bomb’s tips on how to go about this yourself. The best news is that you can make do with regular, household goods, that you’ve probably already got lying around, anyway.

Stock Up on Turtlenecks

Okay, stay with us on this one. Turtlenecks can be quite stylish despite the high neckline. It can serve as a standalone piece or a thin layer under another sweater. Turtlenecks frame your face and often create a flattering silhouette. You sacrifice neither fashion nor style with this look.

Add Subtle Layers with Thermal Tights

Similar to a thin turtleneck, thermal tights go underneath jeans or pants to keep you warm. If you plan on being outside for an extended period, tights are essential. Never forget how dangerous the cold and risk of frostbite can be! Plus, there are fashionable thermal tights that can go under a dress or skirt for a chic look.

Relish in Long Socks

Socks are great for warmth or style. If they are tall enough, you can make them peek out of tall boots or even shorter booties. If you need another layer under your jeans, you can use them to add more protection.

Step into Tall Boots

A pair of tall, fitted oots helps to create shape in a winter outfit. The right cut of boots will help make your figure look longer while also keeping you cozy. If you need your look to be less bulky, go for boots that stop below the knees and fit tightly around your calves. 

Wrap Yourself in Warm Scarves

This accessory is a no-brainer in wintertime. Scarves come in so many colors, patterns, textures, and prints, making it a breeze to mix and match with any outfit. Scarves make any outfit look sophisticated while providing a place to bury your face against the biting cold. Any dull outfit brightens in an instant with the right scarf.

Don a Hat

One of the best parts of winter is the variety of hats. Felt hats, knit beanies, berets, and more keep your hair in place and your ears warm. You also can swap hats for adorable earmuffs or a knitted headband. If you are in a city, hats are essential in the winter to protect against chilling wind tunnel effects on city streets.

Aspire for Fashion with Your Coat or Jacket

While it might feel like all coats are the same, there is a lot of variety in winter coats and jackets. Jackets and coats come in so many shapes and cuts that winter is the prime opportunity to find something that helps you maintain shape in dull days. The wrong jacket will make you look boxy and bulky. Remember, coats also must keep you warm, so consider something that hits below the knees or even to your ankles.

Layer Up – Always

We have hinted at this one, but a key to winter fashion is layering. If your base outfit is warm, you can mix in other elements from this list. You can have a variety of scarves, hats, and mittens to rotate between outfits. Once you get somewhere warm, you can strip off layers to show off the look underneath. The National Safety Council studies show that several layers of loose clothing are the best option to avoid frostbite in winter.

Layer under or over your outfit for maximum coziness. You do not have to compromise warmth and style in wintertime. Just be strategic, and you can have the best of both worlds.