STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Baby It’s Cold Outside

Now that it’s actually getting colder it might be a good idea to look into upgrading your fall jackets for winter ones. While sweaters might have been enough a couple weeks ago, it’s already snowed a few times in Canada. So unless you’re down to be cold or wear a bulky ski jacket all season long, you might want to check out your more fashionable options.

This week’s Fashionisto is wearing a duffle coat, skinny jeans, and leather shoes. As I mentioned last week, duffle coats along with trench coats and pea coats are usually the most common and classic styles for men’s outerwear. If you already have a winter jacket and are looking to find a second for dressier occasions, try an edgier jacket or pick a color that that stands out more than the classic neutrals (if you’re willing to go out of your comfort zone). If this is your only winter jacket, than stick to something you’re more comfortable with. You’ll be spending quite a bit of money on this jacket so don’t pick something you won’t want to wear most of the time. Other options would be 3/4 length jackets or parkas. Finally a few tips: like this Fashionisto, the slight change of rolling up the cuffs of your jeans can make your look more put together. Secondly, if you’re in a dressier outfit that reveals your ankles, never wear white socks! Go for black or grey (or dark colors), depending on the outfit. Finally, when buying leather shoes remember they can last a long time so take care of them. There are lots of polishes you can get to seal the outside of the shoe and protect them from damage.

Deciding which winter jacket to buy can be a big deal as anything that is fashionable and actually keeps you warm can be a big purchase. The best thing to do is compare your options. See which styles you like, check out the prices, the fit, and if everything’s right then go for it. While buying the coat can be quite expensive, it’ll also keep you warm through the winter. Once again good luck on your last week of classes and finals, we're almost done!

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

All the signs of the seasons are here! Break out your winter coats and wool scarves because it seems winter is coming early to the mountains. Another telltale sign of the season is the always fashionable and festive Starbucks cup. Carrying around a Starbucks cup is like having another (delicious) accessory in hand. I love the beginning of fall when they bring back their oh-so-delicious flavors, and don’t get me started on their winter selections. It blows my mind how a little red coffee cup can bring someone the joy of the holidays—or is it just me? Nevertheless, these little signs are fall and winter’s way of saying “we are back”!

This Fashionista is bearing the cold Radford morning in style. She is keeping warm by layering some of her favorite cold weather pieces. Her Burberry scarf, a classic piece that can take any outfit from simple to sophisticated, did just that for her look. Its camel color and print stands out very well against her mostly black ensemble. Wearing an all black outfit is something that anyone can pull off for most occasions. It has a bit of a European vibe, which just adds to her polished look.

My favorite part about this Fashionista’s look is her oversized Michael Kors sweater. It looks great over leggings and can keep you quite warm for a dress. However, if you look closely, the sweater has the smallest metallic threads. It gives her sweater an understated fun factor, in a look that appears more mature. Completing her cold weather wardrobe with a charcoal colored coat, boots and leggings, she is all ready for the approaching season!

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Although Mother Nature’s sporadic behavior has had winter temperatures in the upper 30s to low 60 degrees these past few months, it looks like she’s finally settling down and making up for lack of freezing Fashionista/os. It’s time to get back to winter reality and fill your wardrobe with chic, but super warm basics.

On a snowy Saturday morning, this week’s Fashionista’s winter basics had me shivering with envy. Pairing a black and cream knit sweater with black skinny jeans and even blacker combat boots, this Fashionista’s bright accessories truly make the outfit. The bold teal color of her braided cable knit ear warmer pull out the warm hues in her chunky scarf, keeping her outfit consistent while still making a fun statement. Finishing up the look with the perfect pair of camel colored gloves, this Fashionista is fully protected against blistering temperatures.

To add essential winter basics to your wardrobe check out Anthropologie for a wide variety of scarves. From cashmere to knit to infinity, you are sure to find a suitable scarf to tackle any temperature. Stay warm and on trend with these striking star gloves from Topshop. Add some bohemian elegance to your look with this embellished velvet head wrap.

Be ready to take on Mother Nature’s wrath this season with your perfect winter basics!

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Baby It’s Cold Outside

Just because it’s dark and cold out doesn’t mean you have to dress that way. Take this fashionista, for example. She adds color to her outfit with her bright yellow pea coat and bright pink knit hat. Pea coats have recently come back in style, although with even more variation. A bright color turns a pea coat into a statement piece, rather than a cold-weather necessity. Try this Short Coat with Toggle in red to stand out this winter season. Hats are also a must in these cold temperatures. I love loose knit hats, as they are both warm as well as stylish. Neutral colored hats are great for versatility, but colored hats add a nice accent. This Marc by Marc Jacobs Frida Sweater Hat is a great in-between. It mixes neutral tones with more vibrant colors in a cute knit texture.

This fashionista pairs her colored coat and hat with blacks and dark greys. Using contrast is always a great way to make colors stand out. She wears a thick black circle scarf, along with dark grey shorts, black tights, and black boots. Winter shorts can sometimes be tough to pull off, but this fashionista looks great with her loose patterned shorts and black tights underneath. For a similar look try these Paisley Print Jersey Culottes over a pair of black or dark grey tights. Wear a pair of basic boots with the shorts to keep it simple, like this fashionista. These Tan Hawkes Boots by H by Hudson are a great investment for winter. You can wear them with almost anything and always look cool. 

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Baby It’s Cold Outside

When it’s chilly out, all you want to do is layer, layer, layer. And when you are bundled up to your neck in fabric, it’s hard not to feel like a heifer. This Fashionista illustrates that you can be bundled up while still showing off her slender frame and staying on trend.

While her color palette was clean and neutral, with shades of blue keep the outfit from looking busy. However, the simple details of her garments add plenty of interest. From the ruffle draping down her cardigan to the gold buckle of her brogues, these elements standout through the layers of her look. She balanced out the top of her outfit by sticking with skinny jeans.

Wearing layers requires you to wear many hats by being sure you are stylish, comfortable and warm all at the same time. This Fashionista wore those figurative hats, and her real hat, with near perfect execution.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: It’s Cold Outside

Okay, let’s just admit it. It’s freezing outside. In fact, it’s more than freezing. It’s the kind of cold that plasters a permanent scowl across your face and makes you want to sit inside all day watching nothing but Christmas movies. I know that it may be difficult, but Fashionistas, you need to resist the urge to lounge around in sweatpants for three long months of winter. There are just too many adorable winter coats and accessories for you to wear nothing but your five year old puffy snow jacket all the time. It’s time to get excited about the cold!

I found this Fashionista showing off her love of the season, despite all of the wind blowing her hair in her face. In the photograph she is wearing a knit cap with an eye- catching flower attached to the side. The flower really helps to turn a plain hat from average to glam! She then pairs the hat with a bright pink purse with a matching flower, which both ties her outfit together and adds some much needed color to her look. On her feet she is wearing wool knit boots which are a must have this season. Not only are they incredibly comfortable, but they can easily be worn with a pair of leggings and will set you apart from your classmates who wear nothing but UGGs from December to March.

So, what should you take away from this week’s post? Embrace the season and don’t be afraid to strut your stuff, even if it is hidden beneath seven layers of sweaters.

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