To borrow from the iconic series Game of Thrones, winter is coming. Oh wait, winter is already here, and it’s time to revamp your wardrobe to suit the changing needs of the weather. There is no reason why you should hide behind an oversized coat or a baggy woolen sweater all winter. Staying warm is important, but equally important it is to stay stylish. Here are a few tips you can follow this winter to up your bling quotient. Make a Winter Statement with Dark Shades If you have paid attention to your high school physics, you would know that dark clothes absorb sunlight better and keep you warm. This doesn’t mean that you should walk around wearing a black jacket all through the season. Grey, burgundy, army green, navy blue or eggplant purple, beautiful deeps shades predominate the winter collections of this year. These shades are the new black! Say Yes to Checks Checks are a versatile addition to your winter wardrobe. Dark shades and checks make a great pair and help you sport that comfy casual look quite effortlessly. If you are new to this trend, startwith a hooded check sweatshirt or a longline shrug. Once you are comfortable pulling off this style, you can graduate to middle-long woolencoats, kurtas, tunics, and the like. Master the Art of Layering Indian winters are unpredictable! When you run out of the house in the morning, it might be very chilly. But by the time you reach your office, the temperature will rise and your clothing choice might start suffocating you. Then again, in the evening when the temperature starts dropping again, you would want your warmth back. Layering is the best possible solution in this situation. Warm yourself up with a first layer of figure-hugging thermal wear or a turtleneck/skivvy and then you can happily wear all your smart tops, dresses, and kurtas over it. You can carry a cardigan, a stylishly cut coat or a cashmere shawl for an additional layer of warmth when you need it. Whenever you reach warmer spaces, these last layers can be removed and kept aside. Belt Your Long Sweaters and Coats You can up your style game a little by experimenting with a belt over your long sweaters and coats. You can pair these long clothing items with Indian kurtas and sarees too, thread it all together with a stylish belt to create an edgy indo-western look. Have Fun with the Alternative Saree Blouses Winter is the time when you can happily bring out all your silk sarees as they are known to keep you warm. But how do you sportthose deep-neck blouses in winter? We say, ditch your blouses and pair your saree with all kinds of top-wear options. You can go for a matching or contrasting figure-hugging sweater for a blouse. You can even add an ethnic shawl that goes with the saree for those extremely cold days. Invest in Basic Sweaters and Cardigans Having a couple of basic sweaters and cardigans will increase the versatility of your wardrobe as these can be paired in a million ways to create new looks every day. Apply a little creativity and you will not feel like you are wearing the same thing every day. Turtleneck tops in dark shades are also a must in winters and they look extremely stylish with your good old pair of jeans. Scarves Are Your Best Friends Winter gives you ample opportunities to experiment with your scarves. They can transform a simple outfit into a super stylish one by simply adding an interesting design element to the outfit. You can simply wrap them around your neck or experiment with other scarf wrapping styles. Longer shawls with ethnic embroidery are also a great choice to add character to your outfit. Don’t Forget Your Skinny Jeans A pair of simple skinny, figure-hugging jeans is the perfect clothing companion for winter. Since they are not bulky, you can happily layer any Indian or western clothing on top of them. Team it up with stylish boots or make it casual with your favorite sneakers, the choice is yours. Make It Chic With A Quilted Jacket A quilted jacket in an ethnic print can be a great accompaniment for the additional warmth and style. They come in soft shades of beige and grey, darker tones of black and blue, and in those vibrant colors too. You can even custom-make long quilted jackets in silk. Embellish it with simple kantha work or complex embroidery for a stylish ethnic-chic look. Now that you know how to gear up for winter, start renewing your wardrobe accordingly. Cold days indeed call for some hot fashion, don’t they?