If I told you I was currently sitting in my kitchen, wearing approximately three sweaters and the warmest socks I own as a pleasant combination of ice rain and snow pelt the window, could you guess what month it is? That’s right, it’s February! We have officially made it into the deepest depths of winter which means two things: a) and I can’t stress this enough, it’s nothing less than treacherous outside, and b) dressing for the weather has become next to impossible. As I suppose we can’t all hide in bed for the remainder of the season (*sigh*), it’s time to start finding some warm, yet fun, inspiration for winter dressing. As much as I do enjoy looking like a marshmallow, I hope that I can step up my winter fashion game a bit before spring arrives.
Cropped sweaters, trousers, and sneakers have become less and less appealing as the temperature continues to drop. Sooner or later we’re all reaching for the same three knitted sweaters, jeans, and boots to carry us to the light at the end of the tunnel (otherwise known as April). Even though there is nothing wrong with an everyday jean and sweater uniform, I for one know I’ve reached the point where the dreaded winter style rut has taken form. Recently, I’ve found that Netflix has become my unlikely fashion saviour, and it can be yours too!
Friends is a show I’ve been guilty of binge-watching time and time again, because the tenth time clearly wasn’t enough! Not only is the TV show hilarious, but most, if not all, of its characters have some serious personal style game. Rachel is the ‘It Girl’ that we all know and love, and her style really embodies an effortless, girly take on 90s era fashion. However, skirts are definitely what Rachel Green does best. With an endless array of mini skirts in solid colours, plaids, and even polka dots, waitress era Rachel is definitely my favourite. She makes a great case for skirts in the winter and I’ve been easily convinced by spending the past month trying to get my hands on as many as possible.
Phoebe’s outfits also stand out to me because, against popular opinion, they’re actually quite stylish. Phoebe is definitely the opposite of Rachel: quirky, probably a little odd and not all that cool in the traditional sense. This comes across in her eccentric clothing choices, and I’m here for it! She has mastered the art of layering, loves a good vest and skirt combo, and wears the most interesting jewelry from cute dangling heart earrings to huge floral necklaces. She’s done it all and I know I’ll be taking a page out of Phoebe’s book this winter by finding some quirky jewelry to brighten up my winter wardrobe— the push I need to get my ears pierced perhaps?
Notting Hill and Love Actually are two of my favourites on Netflix. Not only are both films set in London and portray some great love stories, but they also serve as the backdrop to some very stylish characters. In Notting Hill, Anna Scott, played by Julia Roberts, has a real off duty style that I only dream of being able to achieve. Her opening outfit alone serves some major below zero outfit inspiration. The 90s leather coat and sunglasses are iconic in their own right, however the vintage Chanel beret really seals the deal. Berets are stylish and warm for the winter months and the Parisienne effect can only be seen as a bonus. Upon rewatching this movie again more recently, Anna Scott really inspired me to go on the hunt for my own, less expensive version. She continues to wow throughout the movie while wearing the most 90s sneakers I’ve ever seen: platform Vans. These shoes seriously need to make a comeback if they haven’t already!
Love Actually is a holiday classic that I really wouldn’t be opposed to watching year round. Like most of my current Netflix fashion muses, Keira Knightley's character Juliet also achieves an effortless personal style. Besides her perfect hair, Juliet wears some great early 2000s pieces that are totally relevant for today. For one, the blue baker boy hat she wears has got me revisiting mine from last year!
Although the fun of Christmas and New Years celebrations are long behind us, you can never have too much party dress inspiration. Downton Abbey, although set nearly 100 years in the past, surprisingly provides exactly that. By the third season, the ‘roaring 20s’ are in full swing and all of the younger women, such as Rose and Lady Mary, wear some beautiful embroidered and sequined flapper dresses. In spite of my lack of party plans in the near and distant future, I’m nonetheless set on buying a sparkly slip dress à la Rose and Lady Mary.
Even though there is no end to winter outfit inspiration provided by the ever iconic Gossip Girl characters Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen, I’ve enjoyed watching my way through Netflix and discovering some less frequently referenced characters in the process. I now feel somewhat prepared for the rest of the winter season and inspired to reach beyond that traditional jean and sweater combo... all I need to do is channel my inner Rachel Green and go on a huge shopping spree.
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