Get ’em Now: Fierce Fashion Finds for Freezing Temps

Think covering up isn’t cute? Think again! We’ve rounded up five fierce fashion finds that will keep you wildly warm this winter without cramping your style. Because, after all, showing a ton of skin when it’s freezing cold outside isn’t exactly hot, is it?

1. Sequin Sleeve Twill Jacket

$118 at Nordstrom.com



Army jackets are back and better than ever for winter. Do yourself a solid and buy yours with a bit of bling. We’re currently obsessing over this fab Faubourg du Temple olive green twill jacket featuring gold sequin sleeves that scream sexy in a chic, subtle way. It’s the perfect piece to dress up a basic T-shirt and jeans. Simply add some military boots, and you’re ready to march on.

2. Vegan Leather Skinny Pants 

$98 at Shopbop.com



You can never go wrong with a little leather, real or faux! These sizzling skin-tight black pants are bound to bring all the boys to the yard -- not to mention have all the ladies in the room begging to know where you bought them. Style ’em with an oversized sweater for day or a beautiful blouse and blazer for night. 

3. Faux Fur Moto Jacket 

$198 at NastyGal.com 



What do you get when you combine faux fur with a moto jacket? One seriously sick coat if you ask us! Take a walk on the wild side this winter and let your true colors shine in this loud and proud, dip-dyed ombre jacket from Chaser. You’re sure to stand out in a crowd when you sport it, while staying toasty at the same time.

4. Velvet in Versailles Dress

$80 at ModCloth.com



Velvet is one of the hautest trends of the winter, which is precisely why we’re crushing so hard on this gorgeous purple velvet maxi. Paired with a cool black leather jacket and pumps, it’s a dress that can be worn both day and night. 

5. Asymmetric Knee Boots

 $270 at Nordstrom.com



When in doubt, break some sexy leather knee-high boots out! These are a must in every girl’s winter wardrobe. Not only are they practical weather-wise, but they look super hot when worn with tights, a mini dress (or skirt) and a pretty peacoat.

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The Clear-the-clutter Closet Makeover

We have more clothes than our closets have room for, and yet getting dressed in the morning is always a frenzy of trying on and flinging off. In principle, we all agree that quality, not quantity, is the key to a smart woman’s closet. Open the bulging door, however, and “more is more” seems to be the operating standard. 

Celebrity stylist Monica Schweiger, who has worked with such stars as Debra Messing, Gwen Stefani and Mandy Moore, believes that a well-edited closet will cut down on morning stress and make you a better dresser. “With closets and drawers bursting at the seams, it can be more difficult to find something to wear,” says Schweiger. “But when there is space to actually see your clothing and accessories, it gives you the opportunity for creativity.”

Identify and evict your wardrobe’s deadwood with these tips:

Main squeeze We cling too much to clothes that cling too much to us. Not only do we believe we’ll eventually fit into that slinky dress once again, we even buy new too-tight items as an advance reward for future weight loss. Weight may fluctuate, but the solution to the sausage-casing problem is clear-cut: Ditch the blouses with buttons that gape. Ditto for those trousers with the too-snug crotch, and jackets that whisker too much in the armholes.

Yesterday’s news Let’s say you’re lucky enough to wriggle into garments from a decade ago. If the miniskirt fits, wear it, right? Wrong, most of the time. If you’re no longer club hopping or attending karate class, you need to dispose of the leather pants and martial arts whites. On borderline cases, seek a second opinion. Invite a friend over to give you tough-love advice on what still works on you.

The frivolous frock Inexpensive garments from fast-fashion shops are easy to part with after a season or two, but what about the teddy bear print designer dress that you splurged on? Put up for sale any designer piece of clothing that you haven’t worn in a year, on an auction site like eBay. This tough bottom line will benefit your bottom line since brand-name labels fetch a premium price.

The sentimental keepsake You turn a blind eye to the hand-knit sweater squatting in your chest of drawers. It was a gift. It was what you were wearing when you met your boyfriend. It’s a family heirloom. The reality is that while provenance is important for artifacts on “Antiques Roadshow,” it is not a reason to harbor a moth-eaten pullover. As long as you have worn the “cherished” piece one time for your friend/boyfriend/relative to see, you’re home-free. Let it go.

Ladies in waiting You’re savvy enough to recognize that fashion is cyclical, so why let go of anything that may make a comeback in, oh, a decade or two? After all, aren’t the neon colors and slouchy boots of the 1980s hot again? True, but style revivals always bear an update. Marc Jacobs’ new line of ’80s getups for fall looks current; the power suit with lumpy shoulder pads from your attic most decidedly does not. Solution: Allot yourself one head-to-toe look of your favorite retro pieces.

Logo OD The college sweatshirt says you love your alma mater. The swim team jacket hints at your athleticism. Clothes make the woman, but it should be the cut and materials of your clothing -- not the advertising plastered on it -- that telegraph who you are. Eliminate any item with a graphic bigger than your fist; keep the rest strictly for runs to the mailbox or corner market.

The Savvy Shopper’s Guide to Post-holiday Sales

Bargain shoppers alert! With post-Christmas markdowns, you can find the best fashion deals of the year at department stores, boutiques and online shopping sites. Look for these five essentials for 2014 and you’ll not only amp up a tired cold-weather wardrobe, but also get a jump on spring styles.

1. The Jeans. Slim-fitting jeans and jeggings that hit at, or slightly, above the ankle will remain the dominant look in fashion for the next few seasons. “A slim silhouette on the bottom gives you more options for tops,” says Los Angeles–based fashion stylist Adeel Khan, who loves the new animal-print jeans that are arriving in neutral and bright colors. “Skip the wide-leg jeans. They can look dated fast,” he says. If animal prints are too trendy for your taste, look for deals on fall’s skinny plum, wine or washed pink jeans from makers such as Joe’s, Rag & Bone or Guess.

2. The Jacket. Save your jean jacket for the dude ranch and pick up a polished blazer. Black is a classic, but Khan suggests selecting a bold color, especially white. “It adds light to your outfit and will stand out in a good way,” he says. This year’s modern twist is the schoolboy blazer. Its nipped waist, shrunken proportions in luscious fabrics such as velvet, satin or deeply colored wool make it a chic topper over slim jeans. J.Crew and Banana Republic offer them in velvet; Anthropologie in rich woolens.

3. The Fun Top. Makers including Banana Republic, J.Crew and Diesel are offering sparkly, slouchy tops. You can find sequined T-shirts and cardigans, or blousy tank tops shot through with metallic threads. A must for a glam look: “You can also wear a night piece casually for day,” says Phoenix stylist Fawn Cheng. Try a sequined bolero with a plaid shirt and jeans for edgy daywear. Skip looks that are like a solid sheet of sequins, says Khan, and keep your accessories basic, like a big ring and simple studs.

December Style: 4 Looks From Around the Web

Fashion bloggers have made it even more fun to peruse the Web looking for new ways to pair pieces together from season to season. These four stylishly chic social media personalities show how to do December street style from their own fashionable perspective.

The Look: Plaid in the City   

The Blogger: Lisa Moore, Mona Lisa Marie

“Spending a beautiful Sunday with friends calls for a casual but warm outfit including a plaid scarf that I can’t stop wearing. I’m mad for plaid this season.”

The Look: Holiday Alternative

The Blogger: Jenny Cao-Wu, Cao Bella

“I thought I would show an alternative take on holiday style, featuring track pants and a vintage, sheer kimono top.  I think it’s good to know what else you can wear to holiday events other than dresses because unless you have an unlimited budget, it’s hard to have enough clothes to last all season if you don’t want to recycle the same looks over and over.”

The Look: Knits & Leather

The Blogger: Lillian Babaian, Studs & Sapphires

“Life is too deep for words, so don't try to describe it -- just live it. That’s how I feel when I’m wearing this look with a touch of warmth from my sweater and scarf to a little edge with my leather skirt.”

The Look: Classic Trench Chic

The Blogger: Maria Von Losch, Savvynista

“Two staple investment pieces every woman should own is a great pair of fitted black pants in a heavier fabric so they’ll last and a khaki trench coat. For fun, I added a pop of burgundy/crimson/maroon/wine/bordeaux ... whatever you want to call it, this is a must-have color in your wardrobe for fall and winter.”

9 Fall Style Picks to Spice Up Your Outfits

It’s always hard to say good-bye to summer. But a new season brings with it a chance to reinvent your wardrobe. This fall, fashion is taking a turn toward the playful. Forget outfits of solid black. Instead, embrace color, prints, patterns and texture. Here, fall fashion picks from four of our favorite fashionistas. 

1. Dark Florals

Photo courtesy of Bianca Kofman

“Florals are a summer staple, but this fall you're able to rock your favorite pattern into the colder months with darker blends.” -- Bianca Kofman, Just Ask B

2. Wide-Leg Pants

Photo courtesy of Erin Micklow

“While I’m a huge fan of skinny jeans, sometimes it’s nice to mix it up. Wide-leg pants are an easy way to switch up your look. When wearing a wide-leg pant, be sure to keep your tops and jackets fitted and tight. The classic rule definitely applies here: When doing one end big, do the other end small to balance out your outfit.” -- Erin Micklow, stylist 

3. Houndstooth Prints

Photo courtesy of Erin Micklow

“Houndstooth is a classic print that never seems to go out of style. A touch of houndstooth added to your fall ensemble will really make you stand out in a crowd. Très chic!” -- Erin Micklow, stylist

4. Mixed Textures

Photo courtesy of Lori Hirons

“For me, fall is all about textures. Not just what you feel, but what you see. I love the geometric patterns that are a continuation of the color blocking, taking it to the next level. I also see some great looks continuing to mix non-traditional fabrics -- chiffon with wool, silk with denim. These pairings are perfect for transition weather. Another great coupling: leather or suede with anything!” -- Lori Hirons, Contessa's Crushes

5. Anything in Burgundy

Photo via The Frye Company

“A color I'm obsessed with is burgundy! I'm especially loving what the Frye company is doing with the color in their gorgeous boots!” -- Ali Levine, Hollywood stylist

6. Ankle Boots

Photo courtesy of Bianca Kofman

“Ankle boots, or booties as I like to call them, are a perfect transition shoe from warmer to colder months. They pair well with any outfit, from skirts to skinny jeans, and you can find them in any style, pattern and color!” -- Bianca Kofman, Just Ask B

7. Clutch Bags


Photo courtesy of Erin Micklow

“Who says fall has to be all about dark, dreary colors? Make your darks pop with a colorful clutch bag! They’re super chic, and uber fashionable for any occasion. So, if you can get through your day without some of the junk from your giant tote bags, lighten your load with a wild clutch!” -- Erin Micklow, stylist 

8. Wedge Sneakers

Photo courtesy of Erin Micklow

“Give yourself a lift for the illusion of longer legs while staying casual this fall with a pair of wedge sneakers. These fun and funky shoes will keep you comfortable and in style while you motor around the city.” -- Erin Micklow, stylist

9. Half Gloves

Photo courtesy of Erin Micklow

“Half gloves are one of my favorite accessories. They’re great for fall because they’ll keep your fingertips warm on a brisk autumn evening, while spicing up your outfit. You can find them in a rainbow of colors and in synthetic or genuine leather.” -- Erin Micklow, stylist