Somewhere in the world summer is coming to an end. After three wonderful months of beautiful sunshine, excess heat and summer style over load, it is time to say good-bye to warm weather and usher in a whole new season. For those of us in Nairobi, we have experienced cold weather for the better part of the year. Dressing for cold weather can make it difficult to stay chic and true to your style while feeling the constant need to be layered up and necessarily warm. Think of it as wearable hugs; the one feeling you need during winter is to be cosy and wrapped up. If you have things to do outdoors this might not necessarily be on your agenda.
Dressing for cold weather using particular fabrics make it easy to add a layer of chic to your everyday get up.
Trench coats and knit sweaters feel a bit overdone so why not try other pieces to get your stylish warm fix. Cape coats are always a fabulous choice; they can easily transition from formal to informal wear. Local designer Cris Njoki of the brand Ikojn live has a range of cape coats and scuba coats that are definitely worth the splurge.
Get them in bright colors that will easily pair well with neutral colored blouses and dresses. These items are affordable, check out the page here and get yourself one.
Duster coats have been in since early 2015 and are still a favorite. Go get you some warm wear duster coats. These coats can be styled with body con dresses pencil skirts, jeans or high waist wide leg pants with a turtle neck. Locally Vivo Active has some of the most popular duster coats. They come in a variety of colors, both in short and long sleeves.
Kimonos happen to be my favorite trendy cover ups. They come in a variety of colors, fabrics and prints. A kimono can be dressed down or up and turn a dull look into something fun and fabulous. I know you’re thinking kimonos are very light. However, you can get some warm fabrics like heavy silk or something made from cotton.
How to make them work for you
A black dress is the easiest item to style. So take for example one black dress that you own, throw on either a colorful cape coat or scuba coat or Kimono or duster coat. Pair it with some stockings and add a pair of sexy heels or booted heels. You now have a complete look; you are warm enough and ready for the office or an evening out.
Take your blue denim and a white t-shirt, throw on one of the cover ups, some cute flat shoes and a cross body bag or a belt bag. Now you look chic, warm and ready for a casual afternoon out.
The classic faux fur, leather jacket or blazer will always come through. However, adding something different to your closet is always worth the style challenge. Dressing for cold weather means shopping for a warm closet. Aim to keep it practical. Looking like an Eskimo when there is barely any snow does not always have to be the go to layered look.