5 Ways to Transition Your Look from Summer to Winter

Most people prefer summer months to winter ones. Summer is synonymous with sun, outdoor activities, breezy clothing, and a radiant, seasonal tan. Winter is known for freezing temperatures, icy road conditions, layers of thick clothing, and cracked, dry skin.

While you cannot control the weather, you can control your look. This winter, do not sink into the cold weather blues, warm up your style with these 5 tips to transition your look from summer to winter.

Toss the tanner:

Holding onto the self tanner is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Winter means shorter days, and less sunlight, so who is going to believe that you have a fresh summer glow in the middle of January?

Instead of looking streaked and orange, try using blush to warm your face. Having perfectly flushed cheeks will give you a believable winter glow. If you absolutely feel that your skin is too pale during the winter months, try using a bit of tinted moisturizer for a little added color. This is a much better alternative to glopping on the tanner, or damaging your skin in a tanning bed.

Hold the highlights:

Hair tends to reflect the seasons. Summer hair is loose, more natural in texture, and often features lighter, or more vibrant colors. As you transition into winter, retire the bleach blonde highlights and switch to a darker, honey blonde.

For redheads and brunettes, do not be afraid to try a darker, warmer variation of your color. If you are skeptical, incorporate a few lowlights in a darker shade. You should not move more than a shade or two darker or warmer than your current color.

Winter white after Labor Day:

Although there is still a debate in fashion circles about whether it is appropriate to wear white after Labor Day, one thing is for sure: winter white is a definite must. This rich, creamy, buttery white screams warmth and winter. You can incorporate winter white into your wardrobe with a pantsuit, turtleneck sweater, cardigan, or the be-all, end-all, a winter white coat.

Warm your palette:

When transitioning your look from summer to winter, do not forget to bring out a warmer makeup palette, in addition to your winter wardrobe. Winter means retiring the bright, pastel colors of summer, and breaking out rich, jewel tones to enhance your eyes and warm your face.

Try these tips for the ultimate winter makeup trends:

  • Face: Do not forget to protect your skin during winter. Use a quality moisturizer that not only helps prevent dry winter skin, but also contains a SPF to protect your skin from UVA/UVB rays.
  • Eyes: Create a mysterious smokey eye using charcoal or coffee colored shadows. For extra winter glam use a smokey shadow with added shimmer or glitter.
  • Lips: Bring out the best in your lips by using lipsticks in shades of deep red, cranberry, and wine colors. For a more natural, every day look, use a moisturizing lip balm or gloss that contains a bit of shimmer. You can protect your lips, and have a fun look.

Trade your flip flops for boots:

Instead of digging your toes in the sand, it is time to warm them up with a pair of great boots. Boots are a versatile and essential component of your winter wardrobe. They can be worn casually with jeans, professionally with work attire, and give your evening look a little va va voom.

It is important to choose the right style of boot for your look, so that you do not end up wearing a pair of UGG’s to the office. Ankle boots and knee high boots are great transitional boots that easily take you from a day at the office in slacks, to a night out on the town in jeans or a great skirt. If you are daring enough, you can sow your Pretty Woman oats and try some thigh high boots.

While it may be tricky to get used to winter weather after the beautiful summer months, transitioning your look from summer to winter does not have to be as difficult. If you use these 5 easy tips, you can beat the winter blues with a fabulous new look.


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