Modern Manners: Winter Wardrobe

Winter Wardrobe

Diane-NDColder temperatures call for a tricky transition in your wardrobe. But with these style tips, you’ll be prepared for any cool-weather occasion.

Winter White

“No white after Labor Day” doesn’t exactly ring true these days. The calming palette of neutral attire is perfect for the cooler months, and when worn properly, white can be crisp, classy, and professional. For warmth and style, you can incorporate white into your winter wardrobe by layering a white trench or a soft wool cape in white, cream, blush, or dove gray over your outfit. Both warm and chic, cream wool pants also elevate any outfit. Try a wider leg with a fitted top for a flattering look. Few things are as comforting as an ivory cable-knit sweater, and pairing it with fitted slacks is perfect for the cooler months. As the weather gets colder outside, layering becomes key! An infinity scarf can help when there’s a chilly breeze, and a pair of cashmere gloves ensures comfort and warmth.

Clothing-detailCold-Weather Wardrobe DOS and DON’TS:

DON’T forget a scarf. Even if you aren’t wearing it as an accessory, it’s smart to always carry a scarf this time of year in case the air is chillier than expected.

DO find a smart color palette that works well for you. For me, nothing is more classic than a black-and-camel combo for this season.

DON’T forgo quality in your cold-weather wear. High-quality fabric and a great fit are key ingredients to a good look.

DO invest in a great sweater to take from work to dinner. Cooler weather doesn’t call for just warm outdoor apparel. Bringing a sweater will help assure you’ll be comfortable indoors, too.

DON’T underestimate the versatility of a nude pump. Perfect for any time of year, they make a subtle but strong statement.

DO think about length. Especially when representing your place of work, avoid wearing dresses or skirts that are too short. To be safe, wear subtly patterned tights for a nice addition.


Diane Gottsman is a national etiquette and modern manners expert, television personality, accomplished speaker, author, and the owner of The Protocol School of Texas, a company specializing in executive leadership and etiquette training. Dianes timely advice has been featured on several national television shows such as The Today Show, HLN Headline News, and CBS Sunday Morning. She is a Huffington Post blogger, and her own popular blog,, was named by Forbes as one of “The 100 Best Websites for Women, 2013.”