Winter Party Outfits: What To Wear Without Freezing
The air is crisp, the weather is cool, and snow is beginning to fall — ah, it must be winter! Of all the seasons, there’s something special about the chilliest time of the year. Sure, Spring is lovely, and there’s no denying the fun that Summer brings (pool days, anyone?), but when it comes to the best of the best seasons, winter has our hearts — especially when parties are involved.
Of course, below-freezing temps aren’t everyone’s cup of hot cocoa, but as long as you know how to dress for success, winter parties can be a whole lot of fun. Need some cool outfit inspo? We’ve got you covered!
In this post, we’ll go over some helpful cold-busting tips and tricks for creating winter party outfits so you can stay warm and look your best. Are you ready?
Let’s dive in.
Tip #1: Layers Are Your Friend
Want to rock your cute new bodysuit or bralette to the party, but it’s way too cold? If the shin-dig takes place indoors, layer a sheer long-sleeve top over it.
Yes, we know sheer is a lightweight material, but when it comes to looking your best in the cold, any layer helps. Plus, if the party is inside, there’s a pretty good chance that the heat will be cranked up, so opting for something like sheer should be A-OK.
The same goes for heavier tops: Layer a cute turtleneck under your favorite corduroy jumpsuit or dress for optimum warmth in the winter chill.
Is the party outside in the snow? Forget everything we just said about lightweight materials and opt for three warm layers. You’ll need a base layer (aka under layer) to keep your skin as dry as possible, a middle layer (aka insulating layer) like a fleece jacket to lock in the heat, and finally, an outer layer to wick away any moisture.
Pro Tip:If the party happens to take place in the snow, don’t forget to bring your favorite FUNBOY Snow Sled! Better yet, bring two, so you can race your bestie to the bottom of the sledding hill in style. The winner gets the first pick of drinks (or prepares the ShotSki!).
Tip #2: (Don’t) Keep It Tight
There’s nothing quite like tight-fitting leather clothes to perfectly hug and accentuate every curve on your body, but even if you’re trying to catch the eye of a long-time crush with your gorgeous figure at the punch bowl — don’t do it.
Put the super tight skinny jeans down and opt for removable lightweight layers. Why? Because clothes that are especially tight can make you sweat, causing your body to lose more heat. What’s more, tight clothes can slow your circulation and prevent warm air from insulating you inside your clothes.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with bundling up, but it becomes a problem if anything limits your range of motion, gives you tingling sensations, or leaves your skin with marks.
So, what to wear? Start with a lightweight base layer like a warm pair of breathable leggings. From here, you can try some leather pants for a more edgy appearance or even keep it classic with a cropped pair of ankle-length denim. Add in some ironic-printed socks if you want to add a touch of whimsy for a more casual affair.
Rock with a solid color turtleneck, a puffy jacket, and a stylish clutch bag to complete the look. Puffer jackets have never been more stylish — the 1980s streetwear fashion revival is in full bloom.
Tip #3: Say YES to Sweater Dresses
Sweater dresses are an awesome staple in any winter wardrobe. They’re super comfy-cozy, versatile, and oh-so warm.
A chic sweater dress can be an outfit all on its own — opt for one in a simple style and neutral color. Feeling fancy? Dress it up with accessories like dangly earrings and a jewel-toned necklace.
Throw on some leg warmers, your favorite “boots with the fur,” and a thick winter coat if it’s especially cold.
Speaking of sweaters…
Tip #4: Embrace Sweater Weather
Oh, sweaters, how we love you so. Cardigan sweaters, tunic sweaters, cable-knit sweaters, pullover sweaters, and even ugly sweaters, we adore them all — especially when we’ve got a winter party to attend, and we’re not looking to compromise style for comfort.
Not sure how to dress for winter success with a sweater? Lucky for you, they go with just about anything, but black pants and ankle boots are a great place to start. Pair with a chunky outerwear option, such as a long wool coat, and you’re good to go.
You could even play with a flowy knee-length dress styled with over-the-knee boots and an oversized knit sweater. Prefer to keep things timelessly chic? Team up with a cashmere sweater and a flared skirt. Then, slip on some warm fleece-lined tights to keep your legs from getting cold. (But remember that cashmere does not play nicely with rain — if not dried properly, it’ll become warped).
Tip #5: Set the Party Ablaze
Let’s be honest — there’s nothing quite like a chic blazer to add oomph and class to an already stylish winter outfit. Puffy jackets always tip things relaxed, so you need a cool blazer with a bit of texture.
If you want to wear it as your main cover-up, look for one in weightier fabrics such as wool or leather to keep you warm and toasty. A blazer goes well with — or even improves — pretty much anything you pair it with, from jeans and miniskirts to tailored trousers to midi dresses.
Pro Tip:Opt for a velvet blazer. Velvet is super in fashion right now and will help to keep your arms warm while still allowing you to show off your outfit. Layer with a faux fur coat, some glam earrings, and stilettos for a flashy look.
Tip #6: Accessories, Accessories, Accessories
Oh, and did we say accessories?
Winter accessories like mittens, scarves, hats, beanies, knit headbands, and earmuffs can help to keep you warm. This is especially true if the party is outdoors. Wearing these winter essentials can also help reduce your risk of frostbite or hypothermia — both of which are common symptoms of cold weather and require medical attention.
So, if the festivities are going to take place outside, don’t forget to accessorize! Try a cashmere beanie, some wooly gloves, and a chic scarf to keep yourself stylish, warm, and insulated.
Pro Tip:Want to summon some Apres Ski vibes to the party? Check out the Aprés Ski ShotSki® — the world’s first and only inflatable Shotski. Simply inflate, fill the shot glasses with your liquid of choice, and shoot it back. Yep, it’s that easy.
Tip #7: Consider a Statement Coat
The weather might be frightful, but that doesn’t mean your party outfit can’t be delightful! Ditch your dinky gray coat for one that’s bigger, badder, and brighter. Luckily for us, eccentric and unique coats are totally in style right now, so don’t hesitate to make a statement with an eye-catching coat.
Just be sure to keep warmth at the forefront when shopping for a winter coat. Wool material is typically the warmest, and it’s naturally water-resistant. This is welcome news if you plan on playing in the snow at the upcoming holiday party. Heading to a special event? Look for a long cashmere coat — it’s soft, silky, super warm, and trendy.
The Final Word
And there you have it — the best winter party outfits to wear without freezing. Whether you’re heading to a Christmas party, an office potluck, or some other kind of holiday shin-dig, these winter outfits are sure to keep you warm, comfortable, chic, and stylish. Don’t forget to choose warm, breathable fabrics, layer up, and accessorize, and you’ll be good to drop it like it’s hot without any worry of catching a chill.
Here at FUNBOY, we’re pretty big fans of all things “fun.” From winter parties and pool parties to snow days and beach days — having FUN is our M.O. That’s why we created an entire line of luxe sleds, snow tubes, and pool floats.
So if you’re on a mission to level up the fun factor and bring on the smiles, look no further and check us out today. Trust us — you’ll be glad you did!
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