We New Englanders don’t let the cold deter us from having a good time once the weekend rolls around. But as the temperatures plummet, we face the challenge of dressing to look hot and keep warm, bringing new (seasonal) meaning to the age-old question: “What should I wear?!” So whether you’re bar hopping in Boston, drinking in Durham, or partying in Portland, use these multipurpose staples to build your winter weekend wardrobe.
1) Clever Cutouts
Long-sleeve shirts keep your arms warm, while the back cutouts keep you looking sexy. Add a long necklace and leggings and you’re good to go! Forever 21 High-Low Cutout Shirt, $19.80 and INC Dolman-Sleeve Cutout Studded-Stripe, $51.99
2) Multi-Tasking Outerwear
Whether it’s a fitted blazer or a sexy leather coat, these add-ons will keep you from freezing when you’re hopping from bar to bar. Wear these versatile pieces over blouses, tee’s, dresses…anything! Another bonus: when worn over your favorite fancy tanks, it winterizes your summer wardrobe. American Eagle Boyfriend Blazer, $29.99 and Express (Minus The) Leather Moto Jacket, $188.
3) Long Necklaces
Okay, so the necklace itself won’t keep you warm. But if you add a tough chain to a cozy sweater, cardigan, or long-sleeve shirt, it’s instantly dressed up. Forever 21 Metallic Flecked Chain Necklace, $8.80 and Floral Charm Necklace, $8.80.
4) Long-Sleeve Dresses
5) (P)Leather Leggings and Fancy Fishnets
Whether real or synthetic, nothing says “Rocker Chic” like leather-looking leggings. Wear under billowy blouses and tall boots. And if you’re wearing a dress to impress, add a pair of patterned fishnets to add coverage while spicing up simple ensembles (see #4). H&M Leggings, $17.95 and Bleudame Leopard Fishnet Tights, $8.
5) Boots and Booties
Keep your tootsies toasty in closed-toe boots and booties. Sneak a pair of wool socks underneath, and no one will know. Also useable for chilly weather in the spring or fall. Jessica Simpson Keenax Oxford Pump, $89.95 and Timberland Earthkeepers Bethel Buckle Tall Zip, $112.99
No more excuses to hibernate on frigid Friday and Saturday nights!