With all the red and golden leaves that have fallen, the winter cold begins to set in, and as a result a layering of clothing, whether it's for school or a holiday party, has become a necessity.
A popular trend beginning to blossom is a simple knit vest on top of a collared shirt. Vests are featured at stores such as J Crew, H&M and Target. This warm stylish overtop is great for any occasion.
Flannel shirts for $30 at H&M’s online store make a good match with a modest $13 knit sweater when folded at the cuffs to show a little pop of color. As for school, this look can be matched with a black or red heavy crew sweater at $25 and a plain-Jane white polo.
This look can only go so far, however, without a down coat when taking the first step out of the door of a cozy 76-degree living room into the winter breeze.
To keep one from retreating back indoors, a quick visit to Dick’s Sporting Goods store will put a stop to the suffering of chill bumps. Continuing on with the layering trend, the North Face has created the 3-in-1 tri-climate jackets, averaging at a price of $299.
Before the winter gets too cold, you can find the same great outerwear at discount stores like TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and Ross. You can even find last-season Patagonia and Marmot among all the Columbia fleeces for half the price of retail. The selection may not be as good, but you can make money go a lot further at these stores. TJ Maxx is abundantly stocked with Patagonia's nano-puff insulated jacket at $199, Marmot's melia-down at $165 and many other name brands. These jackets leave enough room on the inside for a Columbia full-zip, lightweight fleece ranging from just $40 to the average $99. As many have just realized, that can be a nearly $100 difference in savings.
Attending a private school can create the feeling of importance for obtaining the top of the line apparel or top brands like the North Face or Patagonia, so perhaps a switch is in need in order to buy or receive more than one Christmas present.
H&M will be joining the Valley View Mall soon, and the options it will bring will include a puffy-down coat at just $80 or school color pea coats at $40. At the Delia's online website, quilted riding jackets at $35 and belted wool coats with fur hoods from $66 to $81 can be found.
Land's End has been described as expensive, boring and ugly by the student body. What they may not realize are the other clothes outside of the uniform page. Yes, many of their choices can be expensive, but this can be contradicted with the women's core down coat at $79 and the wool pea coat of $99.
Well this may give a few worthy notes for outwear, but what about other forms of layering. Accessories such as scarves and boots put up a fierce fight against the wind and snow. Rain boots can be used for the snow as well, and they turn into a winter boot with the $10 Target fleece liners. Other winter boot socks to layer on top of tights or jeans can be found there as well at the same price.
To finish off the warm yet stylish winter throw is an infinity scarf that can be found practically at any store starting at $5.