While the nip in the air is never appreciated, there is one perk to the chilly weather: cosy fashion.
You know what we’re talking about — woollen scarves, fur vests, chunky sweaters, knee-high boots; the fashionable stuff. Luckily for Nashikites, the cosy winter staples we’ve mentioned go with everything in your wardrobe and can be easily transitioned from day to night.
Bring out all the browns and greys
Winters bring with them the complete aversion to bright colours. From dark coloured sweaters to brown and black jackets, everything is following 50 shades of grey, and we don’t mean the movie or the book. Richa Bhadke, a dance instructor and event manager says, “When everyone’s wearing their black-white-grey winter uniform, why not shake things up with a coat in a fun colour? Put on a bright pink or red jacket and stand-out among the dull colour-schemes.”Wearing oversized coats, according to Richa, feels like one is walking around in a giant blanket wrapped around their bodies. This definitely makes them a definite must-have as the temperatures drop.
“For me, dressing for winter days is all about figuring out how to stay warm and look cute at the same time,” says Ketty Randive, an event manager and singer. When all you want to do is wrap yourself in sweatshirts and blankets, it can be hard to figure out an outfit that is still stylish and flattering. “Now that winter is here, it’s time to bundle up and get cosy. This means more layers, more coats, more boots, and of course, more winter accessories. One of the main reasons why I love winter so much is because I just love winter fashion, and I get to wear all my favourite cold weather accessories. So, if you were to take a look at my closet right now, you’d assume that I have an unhealthy obsession with caps, stoles, mufflers, gloves and scarves,” she adds.
Keeping up with the ethnic style quotient
“Winters are reminiscent of wedding strolling around in the open air any time of the day without getting a sunstroke or evoking perspiration,” shares Payal Lalwani, a fashion designer from the city. Payal adds, “So while we look forward to donning those boots, fuzzy mitts, fluffy scarves, trendy hats and awesome jackets, if styled correctly, you can jazz up any ethnic apparel with the right winter clothes. For ethnic wear like saris, anarkalis or lehengas, you can use nice short jackets instead of blouses. Floor-length jackets can be worn over kurtas and anarkalis. Sweaters instead of blouses work for saris.”
That faux fur-lined jacket which you craved for is perfectly apt for the winters of Nashik. Be it fleece or faux fur, it gives the jacket a whole new dimension, fashion-wise, as well as it’s a great addition to the wardrobe. Sonal Andotra, a college student, says, “Great for work, brunch or a casual dinner, fur is as comfortable as it is chic. It’s also a fantastic lesson in layering.” Before putting on your outerwear, try belting an oversized scarf around your sweater to mix things up. Throw on a pair of boots, grab your sunnies and step out cosy and warm.
Layering it right
Apart from cosy accessories, a denim or leather vest or jacket are good layering options during winters. “Vests or jackets are the ultimate layering piece as they can act as an extra barrier against cold or as a final finishing piece on slightly warmer days. Throw it over the typically un-toppable sweater to keep your limbs covered. The key here is to keep everything equal. Pair chunkier sweaters with similarly sturdy vests and finer gauge knits with leaner, lightweight ones,” informs Abhishek Shinde, a fashion-savvy student from Nashik.
Layer your bottoms too
“Don’t just layer your tops, you can wear high socks over tights, and ankle socks over your high socks. You can also wear cosy leg warmers under high boots and over leggings for a warm outfit,”