Winter. Love it or hate it, it’s here!

It’s time to bundle up and pull out those oh-so-cute booties and scarves.

Is your winter wardrobe up to date? Or are you still housing fashions from winters gone by?

Some of your winter basics can roll on with your wardrobe for several years, so don’t get too worked up.

If you want to make sure your winter wardrobe is fashion-forward, however, take a look at these 5 tips.

Are you excited to push those sundresses to the back of the wardrobe storage closet? It’s time to pull out your winter clothes and maybe add some new items to kick up your winter wardrobe.

1. Evaluate What’s In Your Closet

Before running out to buy a whole new winter wardrobe, take a look at what’s been hiding behind your summer and fall clothing.

What can stay? What should go in the donate pile?

Your winter guidelines might be as simple as, “Does this keep me warm?” or as complicated as, “Is this cute and stylish?”

No matter your criteria, see what you want to keep for this year before you hit the mall.

2. Be Sure to Have the Essential Winter Items

What are those you might ask? Leggings, jeans, turtlenecks, booties, over-the-knee boots and this year, a teddy coat.

Leggings, especially the fleece-lined variety, are the go-to with an oversized sweater and booties. Voila! Warmth and comfort.

Jeans are just plain cute with a pair of over-the-knee boots and a turtleneck. Throw on a teddy coat and you are ready to present yourself to the public. Read more here.

3. Trade Your Summer Jewelry for Winter Accessories

Put away some of your favorite summer accessories because after all, who will see them under all of those layers?

Accessorize your winter look with a knit scarf or a lightweight fabric one in a fun and fabulous print. There are so many styles of scarves from blanket scarves to cowl scarves to oversized scarves. Add a few to this year’s winter wardrobe.

Embellished beanies, wool ear warmers, and eyelash gloves will take your winter duds fashion forward!

4. Have Lots of Layering Pieces

If you’re asking what to wear in winter, the answer is layers! It’s freezing outside, but warm inside (sometimes too warm!). Being able to peel off a layer or two is a godsend.

Get some trendy lightweight pieces so your style isn’t peeled away with your top layer.

Thin layers work best so as not to feel or look too bulky.

Northern girls have been wearing long johns, thermals, whatever you want to call them, for years. Give them a try!

5. Get Pieces You Can Mix and Match

Don’t overwhelm yourself with a coat of every color or pieces that can only make up one outfit.

Having a couple of coats that you can pair with different scarves and gloves gives you flexibility without overwhelming you.

Same with your sweaters, jeans, and leggings. Rotate what you wear with what. Put together several different outfits with the pieces you have before adding more.

Keeping It Fresh: Winter Wardrobe and Beyond

Whether you are beefing up your winter wardrobe or moving onto getting ready for summer, visit us for tips and advice.