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Lifestyle Blog By Shauna Young

Bulky Coat Weather: Making the most of it and the reality of winter style

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


There’s nothing I hate more than that point in the winter season where you feel like nothing is going to keep you warm.
It doesn’t matter how many layers you wear, when the temperature drops to below freezing, being warm outside is not an option. Scrolling through social media, there’s so many bloggers that still manage to look fashionable through the winter, but since we're on the topic… how many of you are frozen in the process of getting that instagram worthy shot? Obviously this doesn’t include bloggers who don’t experience the cold to this degree, but to all of my North American blogger babes, why are we freezing our butts off for a photo? Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made the choice to sacrifice warmth for fashion in the past, but I just can’t seem to do it anymore. The reality is, winter here in North America can be brutal. There are days when going outside just isn’t an option, and honestly even on those “warmer” winter days, I’m still frozen. I feel like this winter has left me in a permanent state of cold. So where do we go from here. Well to start, majority of my photos have been taken indoors, but that can get boring over time. So there’s no choice but to brave the cold and get outside for some new content. This brings me to my next issue, and that’s winter outerwear. As much as I want to wear trendier coats that are made from popular fabrics such as shearling or wool like I see all those lovely UK bloggers wearing, c’est impossible! I would have to wear countless layers of sweaters and socks to get through the day (and I would still be shivering).This brings us to the actual topic of this blog post, other than me just continually complaining about how much I hate winter, we’re discussing bulky, unflattering, but practical winter coats. 




"You look like a Marshmallow, but you're Snug as a Bug" 


We all know these coats, if I were to describe it, it would be the coat you see people wearing when they’re in the arctic. You can’t move in it, you look like a marshmallow, but let me tell you, you’re snug as a bug. This is my first year of actually owning a proper winter coat. In the past, I would wear a thinner puffer jacket that had the appearance of warmth, but was pretty much just a shell that did absolutely nothing. I was tired of being continuously cold, so I made the investment and went with practicality over fashion. Now, the coat I went with does have some great features. First, the colour. In a sea of black coats, I wanted something that would not just stand out, but would brighten up my complexion. Having darker hair now and taking a break from tanning has taught me that wearing a big black coat would not be flattering. So I went with a deeper purple. Do I look like a grape? Sure. But I like to think of myself as a cute little grape whenever I wear it. The next feature that was important to me was the ability to create a shape. Already these coats can appear bulky, but I really didn’t want to lose my shape completely when wearing it. This coat has a great detail which is the ability to synch the waist in as much as you want. 



One of the benefits of having this coat are the sections which are fleeced lined like around the neck and wrists, which are normally parts of my body that are sensitive to the cold and will instantly freeze in the winter. I also wanted this coat because of its length. My current rule of thumb when buying a winter coat is one with the most coverage as possible. There have been days where if I could own a onesie snowsuit, I would. Looking “good” is not enough anymore. I need something that will try to prevent me from feeling like my whole body is freezing for as long as possible. Those coats that are sold at your average stores (Zara, H&M, Forever 21….) are just not enough. In the past, my rationale was that I wasn’t outside long enough to really need a warm jacket, but what do we consider long enough? For me, the 5-10 minutes waiting for the bus is a crucial time where with the wrong coat, could leave me feeling like an icicle. Even the few minutes between getting out of your car and walking to your destination is way too long when the temperature outside is -20 degrees. 




Why is being "Practical" a bad thing? 


Here’s what I’ve learnt with age and experience. There is no excuse great enough now to stop me from being warm. If you can’t take me in my puffy purple coat, then you can freeze all on your own. Instead, it’s what you do under the coat is what makes the difference. I’m not saying to completely give up on your personal style in the winter, it’s just about learning how to layer and find unique items that just so happen to keep you warm and cozy. This is an example of an everyday outfit I would wear in the winter. Unlike the spring, where I tend to wear ankle length jeans, I opted for a dark wash skinny jean that will tuck in perfectly to just about any boot. On top I’ve layered A chambray button down underneath a silver sweater that has shimmer threading through it to create a shiny metallic effect. This outfit is made up of basic items that are comfortable to wear and will add even more warmth to your outfit. Next, accessories also play a strong role in how you finish a look. What better way to add some extra warmth too! I kept it pretty simple, with some basic black gloves and a black and grey hat. It doesn’t take a lot to accessorize, it’s about playing into the colour palette of your outfit. Together what you have done now is not just thrown on your winter coat, but you have made it a statement item in your overall look. 



I’m rethinking winter style and being practical isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. After all, it’s how you approach that bulky coat that will determine your street style. Listen, no matter how many times we lie to ourselves that “it won’t be that bad next year” or “maybe this will be the year we don’t get as much snow”, winter is happening now and it’s going to happen next year (and even the year after that!). I consider myself a fashion blogger, but I’m not going to live a lie. I HATE being cold (if that wasn’t so obviously explained), so I’m done with those useless winter coats. This is my reality, so I’m making the most of it. 




Do you experience cold winters where you live? If so, do you opt for fashion over practicality? Leave me a note in the comments below!   

8 comments:

  1. It can definitely be difficult to find a cute way to work winter style, but you seem to have mastered it! I love your whole outfit! :-)

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    1. It definitely can be! I won't lie that most days involve comfy leggings and baggy sweaters haha

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  2. I think that coat looks amazing on you! Bulky is good to me in the winter - keeps me warm and snug as a bug <3 xo

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    1. This is what I'm starting to learn! We need the added bulk in the winter. Thanks for the comment :)

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  3. That coat looks super warm and I love the colour. The deep side pockets are a winner for me!

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    1. Yes! it's very warm and the pockets are amazing (and fleeced lined too) :)

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  4. Totally agree! It’s so hard to get cute photos in the Winter time with the cold. Now I do live in a location where it rarely gets VERY cold but that means I’m never prepared for outfits to wear in the freezing cold! I’ve always wondered how blogger always looked so cute in the Winter. I’m always layered up not thinking about my outfit but thinking more about warmth! Great post love!

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    1. 100% agree! I feel like where I live, the winters get colder and colder. Each year theres an additional layer being worn haha. Just give me spring!

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