Wearing a skirt during the frigid winter months might seem like a silly and impractical idea, but when done right it can make a quite a fashion statement that will keep you warm. When wearing a skirt in the winter, pay close attention to the rest of your outfit to keep from freezing your skirt off.
The best mini dresses and party dresses for winter are made from naturally warm fabrics and patterns that have a minimum of muss and fuss. Save the bright colors for spring and fall when they’re more appropriate. Fabrics to focus on include velvet, wool, denim, cotton-polyester blends and leather. Let the satins, light polyester blends and silks hibernate in the back of your closet until the weather warms up more.
Pay attention to the length of your winter skirt to successfully pull this look off. While you can wear practically any length of skirt, there are some lengths that will need a bit of extra layering in order to keep you warm. If you don’t feel like fussing with your outfit all day, opt for a maxi-skirt. You’ll want something that stretches down to the top of your foot to the middle of your calf. While a longer skirt will keep those legs warm, wearing one that’s too long might drag through the snow and slush.
Mini dresses are a great option if you want to look like a winter fashionista without giving anyone the sartorial cold shoulder.
Pay Attention to the Pattern
Subdued tones, strong patterns and dark colors will be your best bet with winter skirts, as will anything that has a geometric shape, pinstripes or flannel. Floral patterns are more appropriate for the spring and summer, so make sure they don’t blossom on your outfit until the right time.
Spend just as much time deciding on the right leg coverings as you do skirt. Nylon stockings make for a great option for any style of skirt. If you’re wanting to look trendy yet conservative while at the office, basic black nylon stockings are a good choice. Black nylon stockings are also sure to slim down your legs in a party or mini dress as well.
If you really want to mix things up, you can slip into a pair of leggings instead of stockings to keep you warm and toasty while strutting down the winter streets in your skirt. A majority of skirts will look perfect when paired with neutral colors like brown or black.
To balance out any of the chill that you might get while wearing a skirt, make sure that you wear enough layers up top. Sweaters will be one of your best options. Another great choice is to layer a short-sleeved shirt with a complementing cardigan.
As far as the rest of your ensemble, a coat that’s sophisticated yet warm will do. Pea coats will look great with most outfits, and a scarf can be the perfect addition to any look that you’re going for. Keep your ears warm and your hair perfectly in place with a pair of earmuffs.
Instead of only sticking with pants, think about adding a few well-chosen skirts to your winter wardrobe this season.