Fashion tips for chilly weather to kick off November

As we progress further into fall and closer to winter, the dropping temperatures make it tempting to bundle up in miscellaneous combinations of fleece and flannel every morning. Although sheer thickness can combat the cold, a winter wardrobe often distinguishes itself as less flattering than that of other seasons; yet, cute ways to dress warm do indeed exist.

By layering several thin clothing items, you can seal in heat more effectively and avoid the awkward bulkiness of heavy layers that comes with wearing oversized sweaters or sweatshirts. Beginning with a thermal T-shirt or tank top as a base layer, add a thin sweater, which will function primarily as the barrier between your skin and the cold air.

After assembling the proper layers of clothing, make the final addition of a stylish coat or jacket. This will act as a waterproof shield of protection during wet weather such as rain or snow. Additionally, a coat or jacket will serve as insulation from the cold fall or winter air.

To choose a functional but cute coat, steer away from bulk puffer coats or skiing jackets. Instead, seek out tailored coats that provide the same protection in addition to a more flattering style.

Since a considerable amount of body heat escapes through the head, always try to incorporate a hat or head warmer into your outfit when venturing outside during the colder months. When shopping for a hat, you will fortunately find a smorgasbord of trendy styles, all of which range from a classic solid-color beanie to a fleece bucket hat to a slouchy beret that covers your head.

In your quest to stay warm without resembling an ambiguous blob of heavy clothing, resist the temptation to dress exclusively in hoodies or bulky oversized sweaters. You can easily replace these with fitted cardigans to achieve an equally warm, but comparatively trendy look.

Furthermore, save yourself indecisive shoe trouble by committing to wearing only a few different pairs of boots in colder weather. Check out L.L. Bean or SOREL boots if you’re looking for inspiration.

Whether you ultimately decide on trendy ankle-height shoes or a more protective option, consider not only the stylistic appeal, but also the functionality. Geneseo is an area that receives heavy snowfall and accompanying ice, so it might be best to opt for boots with wide wedge heels that have enough traction to prevent constant slipping and falling.

While most winter wardrobe staples blend seamlessly from year to year and offer multiple seasons of use, certain trends do spike in their cyclic popularity. Elle predicts winter 2016 trends to include turtlenecks under dresses, patent trench coats and leggings.