Winter fashion disasters (and how to fix them)

Sarah Bernard
·Host of The Thread

Right about now, I just want to commit to cozy sweaters and warm baths. It is a challenge to know how to dress when you’re battling your own cocooning instincts as well as the elements but we’ve put together an instruction manual for staying warm AND stylish. In this episode, we’ll show you how to layer up without adding bulk (or ruining your hairstyle) and how to combat other dreaded seasonal hazards like static-prone skirts and salt-stained boots. Watch, and then let us know if you have any tips to add to our list.


When temperatures drop and a belted down comforter starts to seem like a legit fashion option -- well, that’s where we come in. Check out the below tips and let us know if you have some of your own to add.


Layer without adding bulk

Yes, it is possible. Here’s the plan: a long-sleeved silk shirt + a thin cashmere or merino wool crew-neck sweater + a lightweight scarf + a down or faux fur vest. That’s 4 layers! Wool blend trousers complete the look and give you a sexy shape. Earmuffs add a fun pop of color and won’t compromise your hairstyle.


Keep darks from fading

Most of us darken up our color palette in the winter but there’s nothing worse than when rich, intense colors start to fade and your blacks turn various shades of charcoal. Use a detergent that’s specifically formulated to preserve color.


De-lint!

You can have a classy look going on but if you’re covered in fuzz, what’s the point?  An easy solution is to affix a Bounce Dryer Bar to the inside of your dryer. The bar will automatically repel lint and hair from fabrics so you won't even have to think about it. 

 

Combat static

Keep a few dryer sheets in your bag. If you get to work and your skirt is stuck to your thighs like Saran Wrap, rub the underside of the material with a dryer sheet and the static will be gone.

 

Care for tights and stockings

It’s become a fashionable trick to extend the life of our summer dresses by wearing them in the off-season with a pair of tights or stockings. To keep those tights and stockings free of runs, it's a good idea to hand wash them in the sink. Should a run develop, though, dab some clear nail polish at both the beginning and the end point to stop it in its tracks.

 

De-salt your leather boots

Salt that gets sprinkled on sidewalks to melt snow can do a number on shoes. Brush off excess salt, then apply a mixture of water and vinegar to erase the white stains that remain. Another smart shoe tip is to cover the toe of your shoe with a thin layer of petroleum jelly to provide some water-resistance and shine.

 

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