Cold Weather Essentials: Investment pieces to last all season

By Molly Bello
Comment Columnist

As we’ve officially had our first snow, it’s a good idea to make sure your wardrobe is fully stocked to brace the New England winter. Many retail stores are having their midseason sales, so now is the perfect time to get cozy pieces that are on trend.
A thick scarf is a staple for every fall and winter season. It’s important to get a scarf that will keep you warm, but look great. It should also be versatile enough to be worn with your winter coat, your lighter jackets, and work with your favorite crewneck sweatshirt. A soft wool scarf in a solid neutral color will go with everything.
With all the snow and slush that gathers, it’s important to have a great pair of snow boots. I’ve always found it difficult to find a pair that is both functional and attractive. A pair made in all one color looks chic, and works with tons of outfits: I love my black pair.
I think it’s typical to resort to a legging-every-day kind of winter, and avoid skirts and dresses, except for holidays. Nobody wants cold legs. There are so many great tights and socks options that make it possible to wear dresses and skirts and still be warm.
Fleece-lined tights are a perfect choice for when it’s freezing out. They are generally as warm as leggings (or sweatpants, depending on the thickness) and they look sleek. You can find them at Urban Outfitters, H&M, and online on Shopbop and even Amazon. Many retailers are adding them to their fall inventory.
Layering different socks and tights can also keeps your legs warm and create a cool textural effect. They both come in a vast number of patterns and colors, producing even more outfit ideas without spending a lot of money. Knits are one of my favorite parts of fall and winter. No matter what your style, or where you shop, there is a knit out there for you. Slouchy sweaters, cutouts, cardigans, turtlenecks, sweater dresses…There really are endless possibilities and outfit ideas when it comes to sweaters.
A great sweater can be worn with essentially everything. It looks great with skinny jeans or leggings, can be thrown on over a dress, or tucked into a thick skirt.
Finding a sweater that you love and really speaks to your style personality will be a fantastic cold weather staple. You can throw it on and build an outfit around it, and the outfit will be truly you. One accessory that I think makes any outfit complete is a pair of sunglasses. I wear them all year round. They have some sort of effect on outfits, taking them to a place of class and finesse. Not to mention a great shield if you just don’t feel like saying hi to people on your way to class.
Most of these pieces can be purchased for under $20, but sometimes, if they are high quality, and have a timeless look and feel, they can be worth the extra money.

Molly Bello is a Comment Columnist. Follow her on Twitter at @mollybello.

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