The cold weather is no excuse to stick only to jeans, maxis and pants all the time! That’s boring! If like me you love your dresses short, then stockings are definitely the way to go this season. Worn with anything above the knees, stockings go best with high heels (closed heels- not open-toe ones) However, I see some chics rocking them with ballet-flats and they don’t look so bad.
Stockings especially sheer ones are elegant, sexy and can be warm- trust me, I have tried. Let no one fool you that you’ll freeze in these. You won’t!
Opaque stockings while considerably warmer are not my best but if they work for you, live and let live 😀
Also, how about you tone down this grey weather and get some colored stockings? They can be pretty stylish in a quirky fashionista way? 😉 Try them!
P.S.- Ever thought putting on two pairs of stockings? Try some fishnets over opaque colored stockings and see if you like the look! It’s much warmer too!
It’s no secret how well stockings go with boots. But then, so do other items of clothing like jeans, skirts or dresses- depending on the type of boot of course. Knee length boots at this time can come in really handy but I think you’re better placed getting ankle or calf-length boots. Unlike knee-lengths, the former two can be worn during moderately warm weather which is where we are headed after this Nairobi winter! Buying knee-length boots means you can only use them for the cold season and then shelf them during the coming heat because lets be real, anyone who wears knee length boots in January looks downright overdressed and ridiculous.
If however knee length boots are your thing and you don’t mind the shelving period, by all means, get a pair. They can look pretty awesome and as long as you keep dusting them when out of use, they should come in handy next cold season.
On the other hand, if you can afford it, why not get two pairs of boots- one ankle boot and the other knee length. Sounds fair, doesn’t it?
Here are some tips on how to rock calf-length boots. http://youlookfab.com/how-to-wear-calf-length-boots
3- GLOVES– Most chics breeze past these and I have no idea why. Gloves speak of royalty and elegance and they are an absolute win! (NOTE- I am not talking about those fingerless punk gloves which are obviously not for the cold) Aparts from making your fingers look slender, with the right combination, gloves make your whole outfit look even more stylish and sophisticated. Plus, they protect your hands from the biting cold. See? Win-win!
So, what gloves to choose:
The length– the most user-friendly gloves are wrist length ones since they can easily be worn with many types of outfits.
The elbow length ones, while stylish too, call for more formal occasions and may make you come across as overdone if worn to informal occasions. Wrist length gloves can easily be worn with a dress, trousers or denim and still come across as a hit. The same cannot be said for the elbow length gloves.
The material– Gloves should feel soft and so you’d do well to avoid any pair that scratches your skin from the inside. Leather and cotton gloves are great and I have nothing against lace gloves either. I also have no hate for woolen gloves although they might make your fingers come across as stubby.
The fit– There is a reason they came up with the expression “Fit like a glove”. Gloves should fit snugly and perfectly on your hand. They shouldn’t feel too tight or loose. Put them on, wiggle your fingers around and see if you like how they feel. The better the fit, the more elegant they will look. There are bulky types gloves that are specific for work, sports or for really cold weather- don’t get these if you’re aiming for style on a general level.
Where and how to get them:
Second hand gloves range from 50- 200 shillings at Gikomba- the biggest hub for gloves in Nairobi. Leather ones may cost about 250 bob.
Read more about glove etiquette here- http://blog.williamson.co.uk/the-gloves-are-off
4- SCARVES- These are especially handy because scarves are not only stylish but also multipurpose. Whether it’s woolen, cotton or silk, a scarf can complete your look while keeping your neck and bosom area warm.
Also, if you aren’t a hat person and your ears are exposed to the cold, a scarf around your head could be just the thing you need! Easy to carry in whatever bag you choose you can also drape a scarf over your shoulder for additional warmth.
5- TRENCH COATS
Now there’s a must have item this season! I don’t care that you have to shelf it during the hot season, a trench coat is a must have item. It’s not like it will go bad in the shelf!
The best trench coats are usually made from heavy, water-resistant material and they reach down to the knee or slightly above it. The thing I love about trench coats is how well they go with just about everything you wear whether you’re going casual or dressing up. And what’s more, they can be worn as a standalone dress too!
Here is a guide on things to consider when buying a trench coat for both women and men respectively.
Places to get good trench coats;
Ngara is great if you’re willing to part with 1000 or more. However there is a guy at Kencom who sells fabulous trench coats at only 300 bob. He’s usually there in the evenings.
So, what items come in handy for you this season and where did you purchase them? Do tell!