It’s an interesting time, the beginning of November, because the transition from pumpkins to Santa Claus is almost immediate. Working in retail, I know this; “Jingle Bells” and "Frosty the Snowman" are cute for about 10 days and then I want to bash my head against the wall. Luckily, my manager agreed to postpone the debut of our holiday CD until mid-November—hallelujah! OK, holiday spirit or not, the weather is getting colder and we must prepare! There are cozy elements in this Fashionista’s outfit that I suggest to have on standby, especially going into December and January.

1. Fingerless Gloves- The style of this glove is amazing for two reasons. A) The look is totally rocker status—a style I always gravitate towards, I love these studded ones by ASOS. B) You can stay warm and actually use your hands. We’re in a day and age where texting is a constant activity, hello? Why didn’t I invest in these years ago?

2. Chunky Scarves- A cozy classic. I especially love fairisle patterned scarves and oversized neutrals.

3. Long-sleeve layering- Adorable under a sweater or puffer vest.

4. Hat- This is also a favorite. Berets and beanies seem to be the most popular, but this year I’ve particularly loved beanies with ear flaps—specifically covered in fur (faux fur, of course, for my vegetarian self).

Hint:  The great thing about these must-have winter staples is the endless variety of styles and designs.  Anyone can find his or her own way to stay warm without sacrificing personal style.  Individuality is important, so make it your own!

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