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It’s the middle of November, I live in the Midwest, and temperatures have been in the high 50s for the past few weeks. What?! Never in my life have I waited so long to debut my cold style staples–the first time I put on a pair of boots  was a week and a half ago. It hasn’t snowed once. The ground isn’t even frozen! THIS NEVER HAPPENS. Because the grass is always greener, though, all I can think about are all of the cute fall and winter clothes that I’m not getting to wear. Tragic. In that spirit, here are the three go-to, must-have pieces that I {typically} get the most wear out of during the cooler months…plus two more that aren’t so cute for good measure.

1. Leather boots.

Marc Fisher Saddle Kacee Boots, $90 @Zulilly.
Marc Fisher Saddle Kacee Boots, $90 @Zulilly.

 

Leather boots are a key element of the basic b fall uniform: leggings + boots + blanket scarf. No shame–we’ve all been there. It’s a look that is oft repeated for good reason. When it comes to selecting the perfect pair of fall boots, I’m partial to a classic equestrian style: almost flat, just below the knee, narrow calf, pull-on styling. They’re a definite must for fall, but I tend to wear mine through March. Black and cognac {pictured above from Zulilly} are the most popular boot hues perennially, but I love a leather boot in shades of grey, beige, or taupe. Keeps things interesting.

2. A statement coat.

Leopard Faux Fur Coat, $190 @Mango.
Leopard Faux Fur Coat, $190 @Mango.

As far as I’m concerned, one of the major downfalls of cold weather style is that your cute outfit is constantly being covered up by a coat, jacket, or parka. Solution? The statement coat. Functional AND fashionable, this little number will brighten up all of your fall and winter ensembles. Go for something eye-catching–a great print, fluffy texture, asymmetrical styling–anything that adds definite visual interest. Being from the Midwest, I’ve acquired a fairly large collection of jackets over the past few years, but the statement coat is almost always my go-to because you can throw it over any hot mess of an outfit and look really chic and model-off-duty and put together.

3. Sheer black tights.

Sexy Black Tights, $6 @Pink Queen.
Sexy Black Tights, $6 @Pink Queen.

Sheer black tights are the jam. They’re classic, sexy, and universally flattering. These are a must for when you want to wear something short, but don’t want to freeze. Increase or decrease thickness depending on the weather conditions and don’t be afraid to layer up with socks. Speaking of layering, back at UMN, it wasn’t uncommon for girls to layer tights AND leggings under jeans for our lovely cross-campus treks in negative-degree weather, so they’re good item to have on hand for that purpose, too.

4. A parka.

The North Face Metropolis Down Parka, $290 @Back Country.
The North Face Metropolis Down Parka, $290 @Back Country.

If you plan to spend any discernible amount of time outdoors in sub-zero temperatures this winter, invest in a parka and thank me later. Are they cute? Not so much, unless you enjoy looking like a marshmallow. But they keep you WARM–like really, actually warm–and some winter days, that’s all that matters. Again, this item is a major staple for Minnesota babes. We put on our parkas at the first sign of snow {so usually in early November} and they tend not to come off until late February. Get one and you’ll probably want to do the same. Key parka distinctions include: a long length, down {or down alternative if you’re a cruelty-free fashionista} fill, oversized/giant hood, and a virtually shapeless silhouette. It’s like being wrapped up in a blanket while you’re out in the world.

5. UGG boots.

UGG Australia Amie Slim Classic Short Boot, $200 @Zappos.
UGG Australia Amie Slim Classic Short Boot, $200 @Zappos.

Because wearing an UGG is like walking around with teddy bears on your feet, and old habits die hard. No shame.

What are your cold-weather closet musts?

xx,

Liza

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