With winter comes the age-old dilemma of choosing between comfort and fashion. But that doesn’t always have to be the case. You should always dress warmly to make sure you hold onto as much of your body heat as possible. But you have to sacrifice your sense of fashion. Here are a few handy tips to help you stay warm and fashionable, no matter how frightfully cold the weather outside gets.

1. Know Your Fabrics
To make a super-warm, non-bulky outfit, stick to fabrics that trap in heat like silk, wool, fleece, cashmere, flannel and down. These fabrics allow you to wear fewer layers, stay comfortable, warm, and classy.
2. Layer up
What’s the most practical way to dress when it’s really cold? Layering! It might sound cliché, but it’s true and always on-trend. Not only do layers trap the heat to insulate your body, but they are also something you can peel off when you’re indoors or travelling.
Ideally, you should wear about four layers. Start with a light, long-sleeved base layer, then a warm inner layer, followed by an insulating layer and lastly, a protective outer layer. An example would be a turtleneck, under a sweater, under a jacket, under a coat.
And here’s the good news about layers – more layers mean more styling opportunities!
3. Protect your key points
You could lose a lot of heat through your hands, neck, feet, and head. That’s why you shouldn’t forget about these more sensitive regions of your body. Invest in a good pair of gloves or mittens that are warm, yet practical. Use woollen (fleece also works) socks and get multiple pairs, if needed. Be careful to keep your feet comfortable and not completely cut off the circulation. Learn to love and embrace scarves. Not only do they keep your neck warm, but they can be worn in numerous ways. Lastly, invest in a hat that is your style and is something that you actually want to wear.
4. Use a good quality coat
You’ll be spending a lot of time with your coat. So don’t cop out on the quality. Owning a good, waterproof coat not only makes you feel warm and cosy but also amps up your style quotient. Winter coats come in different styles and fits, so there’s always something for everyone. Just remember, don’t sacrifice practicality over fashion when it comes to extremely cold weathers.
5. More layers on legs
While most people wear multiple layers on their torso, they only wear one layer on their legs. This winter, keep yourself warm by having at least a base layer below your warm outer layer.
6. Boots
Winter boots are one of those things that are really hard to shop for, as we want them to be warm, comfortable, and fashionable. Invest in warm, waterproof, and insulated boots. The lining should be either wool or synthetic, but not cotton.
7. Stay Chic
Just because it’s cold, it doesn’t mean you have to give up on fashion altogether. Add new life to your outer layer by using a belt. It’ll accentuate your waist and make it seem like you have a brand new coat. Also, don’t forget to accessorize. Use scarves, earmuffs, hats, etc. to stay chic. Lastly, brighten up our outfits by adding some color that’s not the usual grey, white, or black.
8. Lip Balm
Dry winter air can make your skin extra-sensitive, and make your lips chapped or flaky. Always carry a handy lip balm with you to seal in moisture, no matter where you go.
9. Keep dry
All these fashion tips will amount to nothing if you get wet as that will cause the chill to set in more quickly. Make sure all of your outer layers are waterproof or water resistant.
In winter, you are never short of choices as you get to wear more clothes than usual. If there’s one thing that’s crucial, that would be coordination. The right balance between your colors and layers is what will give you the complete look.

Ritika Tiwari
Freelance Writer/ Blogger/ Content Strategist