Even though Christmas in Houston is barbecue weather for the rest of the country, it can still get pretty chilly for us locals when the occasional cold front hits. This makes dressing up in the winter an ordeal, but the last thing you want on a frigid morning is to fuss over what you’re going to wear.
It’s hard to dress for the unpredictable temperatures, so layering is key to not overheating. Here are some suggestions for a lazy college student that still wants to look trendy.
A lot of people in Houston face the same dilemma when temperatures dip because we don’t own an extensive winter wardrobe. Most of our clothing revolves around the usual humidity and heat, but there’s no need to let our sundresses collect dust in our closets. You can easily turn a summer dress into a winter one by putting on some cute tights and a cardigan.
A poncho is my secret weapon on lazy days during the winter. I throw one on when I know I’ll be walking around all day. It’s basically a socially acceptable blanket you can wear outside your home. It takes little effort to dress up or down and you still end up looking elegant no matter what. It’s the ultimate top layer.
Not all days call for those knee-high boots, but you can’t wear your sandals and those sneakers might be too casual. Ankle boots are the perfect solution whether you’re going to class or going out. Instead of lugging around those heavy Hunters on the off chance it might rain, Chelsea rain boots are particularly handy for surprise Houston showers without sacrificing style.
A leather jacket is a quick way to toughen up a neutral outfit and add a layer of warmth. A black one goes with almost everything, but getting a leather jacket in a different color—like blue—lets it make a statement without surrendering comfort in the other elements of your look. You can upgrade any basic piece with unique outerwear, from a black dress to a comfy white tee.
Another excellent layering piece, a sweater dress is the foundation of your winter outfit. You can put on tights or outerwear as needed, or add a belt to look more polished and add warmth. On sunnier days that are still a bit chilly, a simple sweater dress eliminates the need for any stuffy coat while still keeping you warm. Slip on some sneakers and a backpack and you are ready for a day of running errands outside.
Let’s face it: A sleeveless coat is basically a long vest. But like a vest, it is great for layering and keeping your body warm. You can even put another coat on top of it and your arms won’t feel too tight. Unlike a vest, it looks great over a maxi dress. Find a dress slightly longer than your coat to have them complement each other.