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Dear Preppy Girl,
I have always lived in warm climates (from abroad to the South and now California). I am moving to Europe in a few months and will be arriving in the middle of winter. I have never had to dress in winter except for ski trips so I have no idea how to dress in winter. I have always kept a mostly preppy wardrobe (polo shirts, cable-knit sweaters, cardigans, loafers, ballet flats, headbands, etc) but have never had to really change my wardrobe in winter (except maybe the addition of tights and a sweater). What should I take with me on my move (tops, bottoms, shoes, overcoats, etc). I will be attending grad school but must dress “smart casual” (whatever that means).
Dear Swiss Miss,
Congratulations on being accepted to grad school in Switzerland, that sounds amazing!!! Here are a few style tips for surviving a Swiss winter and remember to dress in layers.
Coats: I personally hate cold weather and therefore think you can never have enough coats. Here is the bare minimum:
– Camel is the “in” color this year and goes with everything. I recommend buying a long camel-colored coat
– Buy a short dress coat as well, in case you go out and don’t feel like dealing with a long coat. I have a short red coat with three quarter length sleeves and love it.
– Trench Coat with a warm liner for the rain
– Ski Coat – I’m sure you already have one
Scarves: Scarves are great for keeping out the cold, not to mention accessorizing! Wool scarves, knitted scarves, cotton scarves; buy a huge selection to compliment your wardrobe. H&M has some great inexpensive ones.
Warm Winter Woolens: Chunky sweaters, shawls, tie front cardigans, socks, scarves, hats, and mittens. Mittens are so cute and are supposed to be really big this winter. Chunky heeled boots with wool socks & leg warmers. Look for classic colors, tweeds, and hand-knits.
Winter Whites: I love white sweaters, try to find ones that are machine washable. Tie-front wrap sweaters are great, warm, and stylish.
Skinny Jeans, Khakis, & Corduroys: You can never have enough!
Cardigans: Shrunken cardigans are great and can take you from class to going out with your friends. You can easily change their look by adding jewelry and accessories.
Sweater dress: Look for a warm one that can be easily layered!
Shoes: Look for “heavy” shoes. Stay away from kitten heals and anything that can easily get stuck in the snow and ice. I would buy a pair of Uggs, a pair of chunky heeled boots, maybe a pair of cute snow boots? I usually wear ballet flats in the winter time, but I’m not usually trudging around the snow.