Staying hot in the cold: winter must-haves

In the cold winter months, it is more than tempting to simply throw on the most comfortable sweatshirt, sweatpants and slip into a pair of Uggs. While this look may keep you warm and snug, it is not the most attractive style to sport.

Many believe that dressing for winter weather is a time-consuming process, where one must compromise style for warmth. Luckily, this is not the case.

An effective replacement for a baggy sweatshirt, and just as easy to put on, would be a knit top. This includes sweaters, cardigans, dresses, vests and wraps.

Knits are a fantastic way to add layering to an outfit. A simple long cardigan can be worn with a printed winter dress and boots for an easy look to go from day to night.

This season, chunky knits have been seen in several runway shows including Rag & Bone, Chanel, Dior, Marc Jacobs, D&G and Alexander Wang. Chunky knits like the Kemble Sweater by Rag & Boone can be worn as a sweater dress over tight straight pants or they can be utilized as a jacket for a layered look. This fad can be easily found in stores like Aritzia, J. Crew, Madewell, Zara and H&M.

Another major trend seen this season was fur. Fur was prevalent in almost every Fall 2010 runway show. While some designers like Fendi, Acne, Lanvin and Burberry Prorsum used real fur, others, like Chanel, used faux fur.

Faux fur was used to create full fur coats that are typically knee-length to mere trims on jackets. It was also used in a number of accessories like hats, bags and in several shoes designed by Karl Lagerfeld.

Regardless of the type of fur, real or faux, it is a must-have this season. Real fur coats can be found in vintage stores as well as stores like Fendi, Burberry, Dennis Basso and J. Mendel.

On the other hand, faux fur can be found at Alice + Olivia, Juicy Couture, Michael Kors and department stores like Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus and Macy’s.

Although chunky knits and fur had a huge influence in the Fall 2010 season, there is a possibility of looking bulky if these items are worn incorrectly. This fashion faux pas can be easily avoided by pairing the large knit sweater or large fur coat with a simple belt wrapped tightly around the waist. This creates a slimming effect and will add some shape to an otherwise shapeless piece.

Since both styles are cumbersome, they look best when worn with simple and slim-fit pants or skirts. Try for example, pairing a chunky knit with cigarette pants, or a cable-knit sweater with a pencil skirt. These types of pants can be found at J. Brad, Joes Jeans, J. Crew, Madewell, Aritzia and Gap.

Being chic, trendy and warm this season is just as easy as throwing on a baggy sweatshirt. Why not opt for a better look that requires the same amount of effort?

With all of the great options this season has to offer, wearing sweat pants and sweatshirts might not seem so appealing anymore.

Juhi Patel can be reached at

Author: Staff Writer

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