Stay warm and dress with style from head to toe no matter how cold it gets.
By: Sydne Summer
For a pretty winter look, take inspiration from figure skaters. Ice dancers need to keep hair off their faces — especially during a winning performance. They always find a way to make practical look glamorous, even on the ice.
1. Sleek Ponytail
It’s classic for all the right reasons; a ponytail is pretty, practical and easy to do. Try a variation on the classic and create deep side part as a base for your ponytail. To sport a more causal look, keep your ponytail low.
For a dressier vibe closer to the ice dancer’s signature style, secure it a little closer to the crown of the head or wrap it into a bun. Use hairspray like Pantene Flexible Hold Hairspray to tame flyaways and keep your bangs under control.
2. Drama Eyes
A defined eye looks quite sophisticated when paired with a sleek ’do. Dust your lids with a champagne-colored shadow, line your top lash line and use volumizing mascara to make your eyes stand out.
Since the eyes have a tendency to water when it’s cold or windy, skip the bottom lash line to avoid a raccoon-like look. Try CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 1-Kit Shadows in Champagne, CoverGirl Ink It! By Perfect Point Plus in Black Ink and CoverGirl Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara.
3. Royal Flush
Keep your lipgloss fairly natural and add mauve blush. This will blend in with any flush you get from being outside and will make the red-cheeked look much prettier.
This skater-inspired makeup is polished but also perfect for bundling up. To finish off your winning outdoor look, here are some ideas to keep you stylishly warm:
Layer, Layer, Layer!
Layers are key to staying warm. Start with your tightest layer, and then build up from there. Even putting a camisole under button-up will make you warmer, especially when you add a toasty sweater on top. Silk and wool are great insulators, so keep those fabrics close to your skin if you can.
Check Your Fabric
Always check the wool content of your coat. The closer to 100 percent wool your coat is, the warmer you will be. Sure, pure wool is a little pricier than a blend, but when it’s freezing outside, you’ll be thankful you made the investment.
If your hands and your feet are cold, you will never feel warm. Buy winter boots half a size larger than you usually wear so you can add thick socks — or even double up on socks! Wool is also the best choice here.
You can also try legwarmers over your jeans (or under, if you’re wearing a flared style) to keep your legs extra protected. As for hands, a well-fitted pair of gloves is key, but it’s never a bad idea to keep instant hand warmers in your purse for those extra cold days of the year.
As the founder and editor-in-chief of SydneStyle, Sydne connects with her readers through her inspirational yet achievable style, while providing how-to solutions, trend spotting and styling advice. She currently lives in West Hollywood with her very chic rescue dog, Bunny.