Rock winter 2017 style trends for less

With winter coming up, it's important to be prepared with warm clothing that stays cozy and dry, even during blizzards.

Temperatures often vary greatly during winter, depending on the wind and sun, so it’s important to find versatile pieces that keep you comfortable, even if the weather shifts.

Here are a few tips on how to find your winter style essentials for less by shopping second-hand:

Coats

One of the biggest investments, your coat will be one of the most used items in your cold-weather wardrobe and your best way to make a winter style statement. When shopping for second-hand coats, first consider comfort. If you live in a particularly cold area, you may want to consider investing in a coat with plenty of powerful insulation, such as down or synthetic filling.

For warmer areas, you may be able to pick more fashion-forward wool peacoats or edgy parkas.

Secondly, keep an eye on what’s in for winter, so you can avoid older styles that feel outdated. Winter trends for 2017 so far are favouring luxurious fur or faux fur-lined hoods and svelte profiles. Brilliant reds and classic camel tones are on the top of winter fashion lists, and black is always a timeless choice. It can be a bit tricky to find a perfectly trendy coat second-hand, so you may want to splurge on a new purchase if you want to channel a style icon. If you are just looking for warmth and high quality, second-hand is ideal for finding deals on great winter coats.

Pants

Insulated pants are a must-have for any area with snow higher than your ankles, or if you are considering a trip to the ski hill. Because pants are fairly basic, these are easy to find second-hand. Simply decide on which features are important to you, such as water resistant material, pockets, or insulation type, and then hunt for pants in your size. There are plenty of pants in neutral colors out there for easy pairing or opt for a bold hue to make a statement. Look for thermal underwear as well to add an extra layer of warmth.

Boots

The next best way to channel winter fashion after your coat is through your winter boots.  They’re a simple way to make a statement. Women’s tall boots show off the leg and provide protection from the cold, making them a go-to style. Chic buckles, lace-up details and slouchy designs instantly give a fashion-forward look. Don’t forget to choose for practicality, though. Suede may not be a good option in snowy areas, as it shows any road salt or debris picked up by the material. Boots with a heel may not provide the best traction in icy conditions. If you are in an area that doesn’t have regular snow clearing, you’ll be more comfortable in insulated snow boots than cutting-edge style. Warmer, more practical boots are also easier to find second-hand than ever-changing trendy boots. Men’s boots face fewer trend shifts, making it even simpler to find a great fit online or in a thrift shop.

Accessories

Finding cold-weather accessory pieces, such as hats, scarves and mitts second-hand is pretty easy, since sizes are more general and these simple accent pieces are less trend-dependent. Accessories are an ideal way to dress up your winter style. Browse through online options to find plenty of high-quality, like-new styles to choose from at a much lower costs than buying new.