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The age-old dilemma of “I want to wear a skirt…but it’s cold out!” is something many of us have experienced. If you’re a massive skirt enthusiast you may be guilty of blindly choosing to wear a skirt only to suffer the frigid consequences later.
Like dresses, skirts are an extremely versatile asset in your travel wardrobe especially if you’re going on a trip with different weather. Take a look at these skirt outfits to learn how to wear them in cold weather!
Skirt Outfits for Cold Weather
Fashion is all about expressing yourself and having fun, but it’s not much fun when you feel like you’re on the verge of hypothermia! With experimentation, however, I’ve slowly come to learn that skirts can be a possibility in colder temperatures, as long as there’s a strategic approach.
Nowadays, I’m all for wearing skirts year round. I can confidently say that they are–more often than not–a great idea! Skirts are fun, feminine, and fabulous, and shouldn’t have to collect dust in our wardrobes simply because it’s cold outside!
With a keen eye towards fabric selection, strategic layering, and overall styling, one can make a skirt withstand frigid temperatures and keep it as a wardrobe staple all year long.
Here’s a season-to-season guide on skirt outfits for travel. Learn how to rock these beloved garments even when the cold strikes.
As cliché as it may seem, floral skirts are perfect for the spring time. A moss-colored cashmere sweater and a floral skirt make great partners in crime for a cute spring look. A cashmere scarf and fleece tights help keep chilly breezes at bay.
Here are more spring fashion trends this season!
For maxi skirt outfits, tuck in a lightweight tank and top it with a mohair blend cardigan for light but effective layering. If your maxi skirt doesn’t have a slit in it, you can sneakily wear a pair of fleece tights underneath as well.
These tights paired with the cozy mohair blend fabric will ensure that you stay warm despite the thin fabric that springtime maxi skirts are often made out of.
Prefer dresses? These summer maxi dresses are absolutely lovely!
For a classy spring ensemble, pair a midi-length merino blend pencil skirt with a silk tank, a cozy pink turtleneck, and a fabulous satchel for a look that’s both feminine and comfortable. Believe it or not, silk is actually a great fabric for keeping in heat.
The tank paired with the turtleneck will ensure that your upper half stays insulated while the toasty merino blend of the skirt takes care of the rest. And if you feel that you need even more layers, fleece or cashmere tights are once again great options.
Learn how to layer clothes!
Autumn is all about corduroy, denim, knits, and leather. Luckily for us, these garments keep us warm and stylish (and don’t wrinkle easily, too)! Corduroy and leather, in particular, are highly effective at heat capture, so plan skirt outfits in those materials.
A leather jacket, corduroy skirt, and a cozy rib knit sweater come together to make a lovely fall outfit. Throw in some gray cable knit tights, a cashmere scarf, a sleek pair of ankle boots, and a toasty cinnamon latte to fully channel all those quintessential fall vibes.
Here are more fall fashion ideas!
And of course, we can’t forget the classic denim skirt. A denim midi gives your look a timeless vintage flare while providing more warmth than a regular mini.
Just like with the winter maxi skirt, be sure to keep the top half of your look well-proportioned. A tucked-in merino wool v-neck top and turtleneck will do the job, keeping you stylish, well-balanced, and most of all, comfortable.
Denim is great for travel because it can be worn repeatedly without washing. Learn more about this pro-traveler strategy!
For winter, it’s best to ensure that every fabric you wear is made of warm, insulating material–including your skirts.
The thought of donning mini skirt outfits in the middle of winter may seem crazy at first, but if you choose fabric wisely and layer appropriately, you’ll find that it may not be so bad after all.
Here’s how to choose the best fabrics for travel!
Select a toasty fabric such as merino wool, velvet, or cashmere and pair it with over-the-knee boots. Here’s a helpful trick: wear a pair of thigh-high cable knit or fleece socks underneath your boots for extra warmth. You can then choose to hide them or have the tops exposed a bit for a cozy appearance.
Generally only a small patch of your legs is exposed to the elements when wearing this combo, but if you’re still too cold, swap the socks for a pair of fleece or merino wool tights (or even double up on socks and tights if necessary.)
Throw on a cashmere turtleneck to keep the look warm and balanced and finish off the outfit with a stylish, water-resistant coat.
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If you’re more of a maxi skirt sort of gal, a flared winter skirt in an insulating wool is the way to go. Since these skirts are so voluminous, keep the upper half of your look fitted and balanced with a cashmere sweater tucked in and a few mid and base layers if necessary.
I would not advise pairing a bulky coat with this sort of skirt as you may look drowned out by all the fabric. Instead, opt for cropped outerwear such as a short moto leather jacket.
Finish off the look with some cozy merino wool tights, ankle boots, and a cashmere scarf in an icy blue shade for a lovely winter feel.
Find out why merino wool clothing for women is the best for travel!
For a more dressed up skirt outfits for the evening, pair a short wool style with a fabulous pair of ankle strap heels. Throw on a cashmere turtleneck top (and merino wool thermal base layers underneath if necessary), a tweed wrap coat, and thick cashmere tights for a stylishly warm getup.
Don’t forget the accessories!
These are the best tights for women to help you transition your skirts and dresses from summer to fall and spring!
What are your favorite skirt outfits for cold weather? Share your thoughts below!
For more ideas on what to wear in cold weather, please read:
- How to Pack for Cold Weather Like a Boss
- 10 Best Thermal Underwear for Women
- How to Stay Warm in Cold Weather and Not Look Like a Snowman
- Versatile Dresses: How to Wear One Dress, Many Ways
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Author Bio: Sydney Woolery is a recent UCLA graduate who loves a good adventure just as much as she does a fabulous dress. Check out her fashion blog at www.tokyoglitter.com and follow her visual escapades on Instagram – @tokyoglitter.