With the coldest part of the year approaching, it’s crucial that you get use out of the clothes you won’t be able to wear once it starts snowing.

Nebraska winters are brutal, but putting your favorite pieces of clothing in hibernation for the winter is tough, too.

Late November and early December mark last time of the year when one can justify style over function when it comes to wardrobe choices, so take full advantage of it. With the weather that comes with the end of fall, it’s hard to decide what to wear when prioritizing your need to be warm without sweating on your way to class.

It’s not that you can’t wear your favorite fashion pieces during the winter, but most of the time, they are buried beneath a bulky winter coat, which suffocates your whole look. If you want to give your favorite articles of clothing one last wear before the harsh winter comes, here are six outfit ideas to help give your clothes one more breath of life.

Layer a light jacket on top of a sweater

Layering is a major part of dressing when the colder months come around, and it’s an easy way to stay warm. You can get cold in just a sweater, so just pair it with a lighter jacket to brave the weather. By mixing the textures and weights of the items, you’ll get a balanced and put-together look. Go for a lighter fabric for the jacket, like an olive polyester, because a heavier fabric with a sweater can get too bulky. With this combination, you can get the best of both worlds: staying warm and looking fashionable.

Wear those heels with socks

This one might seem to be a stretch, but I promise if you follow these tips, this trend will be your go-to when you’re in a hurry. First off, the socks should not be the same ones you wear with your tennis shoes. Pick some decorative socks that are mesh or maybe some with ruffles on top. It will make wearing socks with heels look intentional and chic instead of random and unstylish.

Next, make sure the socks’ colors, textures and design go with the heels you want to wear. Having your socks and shoes match is an easy way to try out the trend and see if it works for you. The socks and heels need to complement each other if you want the trend to work.

Put a long-sleeved T-shirt under your dress

Adding a basic long-sleeve T-shirt under a dress is an easy and fashionable fix. Make sure the colors of the pieces go together, but this is a trend one can have fun and push the envelope with. Experiment with prints and textures of the items to make a one-of-a-kind and fashionable outfit.

Thigh-high boots over jeans

This is another trick that can help you bundle up without sacrificing your style. Thigh-high boots can elevate a look and make it go from casual to dressed up in seconds. Not only are they slimming when worn with jeans, they can also give you an extra layer over your pants. It is challenging to layer on the bottom without looking bulky, but this is an easy and flattering way to do so.

Keep the skirts, add tights

This year was the year of skirts. Having skirts in a variety of colors, styles and textures makes it that much harder to say goodbye to them when the cold comes around. You don’t have to bid farewell to your beloved skirts. Just add a layer underneath. Tights are a fun and flexible way to give an outfit an extra element while helping against the chilly weather.

Wear long coats and cardigans

Layering a long cardigan or coat over a shorter shirt can make you look more chic and professional while also elongating your body. Long coats are surely going to be seen all over the place this winter, and getting one now and layering it with a shorter and lighter top can pull together your whole outfit.

The cold and snowy winter is coming, and now is the time to wear your favorite pieces before they get hidden under a winter coat and tucked away until the flowers start blooming. Don’t be afraid to push the envelope and experiment one last time this year — it will be good for you and your closet.


This article was originally published in the November/December 2018 edition of The DN.