Since IMECE is around the corner, this year being held in the Mile High City of Denver, Colorado, I tought I’d give you a couple of ideas on how to dress for success in Winter.  If you’re new to Engineer Chic, you might want to have a look at previous posts on What Does Business Casual Mean Anyway? and Ten Wardrobe Must-Haves for Any Engineer Chic .

I personally love dressing up in the Winter. There are so many great looks, but for business, the following tips will help you make your mark!

Winter Look 1: Go Classic

As we’re well into Spring down here in Sunny South Africa, I’ll be pulling out coats and boots from our Winter which has just passed. Our fashion follows the US by 6 months, but luckily for me, this year I wont be horribly out-of-date. The trends for this season are Classic, Classy, Sexy!   My favorite Winter items in my closet are classy and timeless which means I wont need to go running to the mall just yet.  Its a really great idea to invest in some good, classic Winter clothes: genuine leather boots and a well-fitted coat are a must! They will cost you a bit, but will be worth it in the long run!

Winter Look 2: The Coat

I am a huge fan of a cute fitted coat – and this year, the waist is back! Get yourself a coat that suits your body shape.  Remember that very long coats only look good on very tall, slim girls (you don’t want to turn up looking like a vampire). For shorter ladies like me, go for something above the knee that flares in a gentle A-line cut. This also flatters curvy hips, especially with a wide belt arouns the smallest part of your waist. Paired with straight-cut trousers (or dark skinny-jeans for business casual) this is a really hot look! For business, stay with clean lines and neutral colours.

Winter Look 3:  The Skirt

The high-waisted skirt is very much alive and kicking this winter – yay!  Wear over stockings for the cold and with boots for a really cosy feel- which brings us to the next great Winter business look… 

 

Winter Look 4: Boots

 

Again, classic high-quality leather boots will be money well-spent!
I love ankle-boots, as long as they’re not too bulky, or a simple, fitted brown/ black pair just below the knee. Beware of boots that stop mid-shin as they are the least flaterring to shorter/ curvier shapes!
 
 

I love these!

Winter look 5: Accessories

The best part about Winter clothes is that there are just so many of them! Layering is a gorgeous way to stay warm and scarves or hats in the latest styles are always a great way to spice up an outfit. This year, to add some colour, go for a long scarf in a rich, solid colour (no knits).  A deep turquoise, purple or eggshell would be the perfect glamorous finish to a classic ensemble!

Hats are also in this Winter, so keep those ears nice and toasty with these!