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November 4, 2014

Ladies’ Top 5 Cold Weather Essentials Hit List

Instead of looking at the cold (sometimes, brutally cold) weather of winter as a sad thing, we’re going to try to look at it as just another opportunity to accessorize and have some fun with it. There are 5 key pieces to do just that – a fabulous coat, an even more fabulous scarf, a great hat, warm gloves, and boots that will prevent frostbite and falls on the ice. And there's no reason they can't look great. This week, we talk about those very thing in our Clothes & Conversation, "Cold Weather Essentials: 5 Stylish Necessities to Avoid Frost Bite".
Have a better idea of what you’re now looking for now? Here are our top picks for each of those must-haves. Choose the one (or two, or three) that works best for you. And let us know what you think in the comments below or on social media.
http://www.shopbop.com/walley-scarf-marc-by-jacobs/vp/v=1/1564265438.htm
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Marc by Marc Jacobs - Walley Scarf
Walley Scarf
Marc by Marc Jacobs
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Marc by Marc Jacobs’ big waffle knit scarf is a life saver on a blustery winter day. Wrap it around your neck once you’ve bundled up your coat – it’s wide enough to easily protect your face, too. It comes in black, but the pop of red is a great accent to any neutral coat. It’s so wonderfully oversized and cozy, you can even wrap yourself in it if you’re cold once you get back inside.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/outerwear/ingoodcompany/PRDOVR~B1817/B1817.jsp Woolrich John Rich & Bros.™ - Techno Wool Eskimo Parka
Woolrich John Rich & Bros.™ - Techno Wool Eskimo Parka
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Woolrich John Rich & Bros.™ - Techno Wool Eskimo Parka
Techno Wool Eskimo Parka
Woolrich John Rich & Bros.™
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1. The Coat/Jacket: When we’re getting serious about our outerwear, style is only one factor in our picking process. The other, of course, is warmth and functionality. Woolrich John Rich & Bros, producing quality outdoor gear since 1830, knows a thing or two about how to stay warm - and J. Crew has worked with them to add some fashion touches, like the faux fur trimmed hood. So, this coat is a sure winner. Not only is this wool coat great looking, but it’s really versatile. It has a Thermolite zip-out lining, so you can remove it on those days when it’s not so bad out (let’s cross our fingers for lots of those.) But when the weather does call for it, you’ll be prepared. And you’ll look good, too. This is an ideal casual coat, but since it hits mid-thigh, it can be worn over your work clothes, too. Complete the look with a knit hat and your warmest gloves.
http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/mackage-adali-fur-trim-lavish-down?ID=1084523 Mackage - Mackage Adali Fur Trim Lavish Down Coat
Mackage - Mackage Adali Fur Trim Lavish Down Coat
We talked about one of our favorite puffers in Clothes & Conversation, and here is another. Mackage adds some beautiful feminine style to this duck down-filled coat, with coyote fur trim. The slightly more fitted silhouette adds a lady-like look to this coat – something not always easy to achieve in a puffer. But it still fits easily over a bulky sweater and scarf. It even has an inner zip-up bib to add that additional layer of warmth, and keep you insulated. The over-sized hood looks beautiful up or down, thanks to the extended fur detail. The leather trim around the pockets and zipper is a beautiful finishing touch. We love this army color –stylish with a plaid scarf, but you’ll see it comes in a classic black, too. It’s also available in navy.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Dawn-Levy-Fergie-Wool-Blend-A-Line-Coat/prod175520582_cat44950772__/p.prod Dawn Levy - Fergie Wool-Blend A-Line Coat
Dawn Levy - Fergie Wool-Blend A-Line Coat
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Dawn Levy - Fergie Wool-Blend A-Line Coat
Fergie Wool-Blend A-Line Coat
Dawn Levy
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The sleek zipper closure on this Dawn Levy coat, keeps the wind out and creates a slim finish to the a-line silhouette that works really well over dresses for work or a night out. The belt further accentuates the silhouette, and the faux leather trim (great for all weather) gives it just the right amount of interest. The clean lines of this coat will work with any of gloves, scarf, and hat. We are becoming big fans of Dawn Levy’s modern fit and timeless, chic designs - and with the new sale price on this one, sizes are going fast. Tip: On those days when it’s raining or sleeting out, we suggest wearing a skirt with boots to the office - instead of pants - to help reduce the amount of back splash and eliminate soggy pant bottoms that take all day to dry.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/gallery-full-length-faux-shearling-coat-online-only/3868617 Gallery - Full-Length Faux Shearling Coat
Gallery - Full-Length Faux Shearling Coat
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Gallery - Full-Length Faux Shearling Coat
Love the look of shearling, but not the price of shearling? For some of us, we just don’t wear these coats enough, so investing upwards of $1000, just doesn’t make sense. (If it does, we adore this Vince one.) Get the look of a luxurious full-length shearling from Gallery. The modern fit and great quality are perfect for those cold winter days. This coat is really good-looking, so no one has to know if it’s real or not. It’s soft and cozy, and not as precious as the real thing - you’ll get tons of use out of this, any day or night of the week. And any cold weather accessories work – leather or wool gloves, wool or cashmere hats and scarves. Tip: Wear a slimmer scarf that you can wrap tightly beneath the plush collar of this coat.
http://www.whiteandwarren.com/cashmere-travel-wrap/ White + Warren - Cashmere Travel Wrap
White + Warren - Cashmere Travel Wrap
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White + Warren - Cashmere Travel Wrap
Cashmere Travel Wrap
White + Warren
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2. The Scarf: This is the perfect place to have a little fun in your cold weather dressing. Since we often have neutral coats, this is a great way to bring a little color around our faces. Whatever color you like – and really we do mean pretty much any color – you can find it in this White + Warren 2-ply 100% cashmere travel wrap. But that’s not why we’ve picked it…well, sure it’s one of the reasons. We’ve talked about this scarf before because it is so versatile and luxurious. And that’s what makes it a true essential. You can wear it as a scarf, as a wrap, or drape it over yourself on an airplane or laying on the couch. The quality is amazing, and it will hold up for years. Trust us, we’ve done the homework on this one.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306623505&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446718139 Rag & Bone - Buffalo Check Wool Scarf
Rag & Bone - Buffalo Check Wool Scarf
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Rag & Bone - Buffalo Check Wool Scarf
Buffalo Check Wool Scarf
Rag & Bone
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There’s a plaid for everyone this season. And after looking at what feels like hundreds, we think this Rag & Bone is one of the best. Not only is this wool wonderfully soft, but we love the color combination. The black and taupey olive/grey are just the right neutral balance to the pop of wintery red – it looks great with black, grey, and camel coats. The plaid pattern is also laid out in an interesting block shape, so you can show more of the red or more of the neutral color. Click through the “shop it” to see the video on how the scarf is wrapped in this picture. Click over to Shopbop and see how the scarf looks tied differently (and to see an additional color). Franco Ferrari also has a classic plaid that we fell hard for. And Madewell has a couple winners that are soft and unbeatable, in terms of price – this English green and a classic navy.
https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/ACCESSORIES/scarves/PRDOVR~B5592/B5592.jsp Madewell - Cabletwist Scarf
Madewell - Cabletwist Scarf
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Madewell - Cabletwist Scarf
Cabletwist Scarf
Madewell
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A neutral option is decidedly more interesting in this Madewell scarf. The marled (this is when different threads colors are twisted together in creating the yarns) wool/nylon/alpaca is really soft and extra warm – as alpaca is known to be. Madewell takes noteworthy details a step further by creating a two-tone effect with the cableknit stitch, so some rows highlight the creamy ecru and others, the black. This all results in a textured look that wraps beautifully around the neck and will keep you warm and cozy. This scarf looks great with any neutral, and even a plaid coat. While any solid color hat and gloves will work with it, the coordinating hat and mittens are pretty darn nice.
http://www.dvf.com/wool-knit-scarf/A899501S14.html Diane von Furstenberg - Wool Knit Scarf
Diane von Furstenberg - Wool Knit Scarf
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Diane von Furstenberg - Wool Knit Scarf
Wool Knit Scarf
Diane von Furstenberg
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Another way to do neutral, in a dressier Art Deco design, is one of our absolute favorites from DVF. The black swril motif stitched on to the grey Italian wool ensures that this scarf is anything but boring. It looks gorgeous with a wool, leather, or shearling coat, and will hold up to your dressiest outerwear pieces. The best part is that it will function like the best of your “everyday” scarves and keep you warm.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/accessories/hatsandgloves/PRDOVR~B5253/B5253.jsp J. Crew - Ribbed Cashmere Hat
J. Crew - Ribbed Cashmere Hat
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J. Crew - Ribbed Cashmere Hat
Ribbed Cashmere Hat
J. Crew
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3. The Hat: Once the weather starts seriously dropping, we generally don’t leave the house without a hat. Heat escapes through the top of our heads, so why would we? (At least, that’s what our parents always told us.) And when it’s cold or snowing, this cashmere knit hat from J. Crew is a simple go-to. It comes in lots of colors, from neutral to brights to soft pastels, like this peri that is so pretty with all hair colors and works with any neutral coat. It’s simply a good hat – not over-sized, pulls down over your ears, and looks good on everyone we’ve seen it in.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ugg-australia-cambridge-colorblock-beanie/3797606 UGG® Australia - Cambridge Colorblock Beanie
UGG® Australia - Cambridge Colorblock Beanie
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UGG® Australia - Cambridge Colorblock Beanie
Cambridge Colorblock Beanie
UGG® Australia
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Pom poms are always a fun accent to hats, and have been working their way back in to our hearts over the last couple of winters. UGG® Australia has a lady-like version that is fun, but not youthful. The colorblocking is stylish and finished off perfectly with a shearling pom pom. This blue/black combination makes it easy to wear with any black, coat, but the pink/burgundy and cream/tan are just as pretty. (Click through the “shop it” button to see these colors, too.) UGG® has even done a cable knit version in a gorgeous port wine color that looks great with most everyone’s hair colors, and coat picks. Tip: Once you put on your knit hat, if it’s long, adjust it to where you want it to sit on your forehead. Then, pull the excess fabric from the top (where the pom pom is in this case), back toward your shoulder blades. This will create a nice slouch to your hat.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Portolano-Ribbed-Knit-Peak-Hat-with-Visor-Black/prod173620137_cat51770734__/p.prod Portolano - Ribbed Knit Peak Hat with Visor
Portolano - Ribbed Knit Peak Hat with Visor
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Portolano - Ribbed Knit Peak Hat with Visor
Ribbed Knit Peak Hat with Visor
Portolano
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Baseball hats are popular for a reason. Not only do they fit a lot of people’s heads well, they have a brim that protects your eyes and face from sun and wind. In the past couple of seasons, with the popularity of athletic wear, we’ve seen designers work baseball hat silhouettes into fashionable materials. And that’s the inspiration behind this wool/angora/cashmere knit hat from Portolano. They make beautiful knits and this warm number is no exception. The brim of the visor is short, and is not only a functional touch to keep snow from blowing directly into your eyes, but a stylish one – a little brim can be very flattering to all face shapes. There are even more colors to choose from, so there’s something for everyone.
http://www.shopbop.com/cosmic-glow-allover-sequin-beret/vp/v=1/1543703334.htm Kate Spade New York - Cosmic Glow Allover Sequin Beret
Kate Spade New York - Cosmic Glow Allover Sequin Beret
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Kate Spade New York - Cosmic Glow Allover Sequin Beret
Cosmic Glow Allover Sequin Beret
Kate Spade New York
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Winter can be long. But you’ll feel just a little better each time you put on this sparkly beret from Kate Spade New York. Of course, it’s a great choice for a night out, but we have no problem recommending wearing this during the day when you’re heading out to brunch, doing some holiday shopping, or just walking the dog. Kate Spade has even made coordinating pop top mittens. The grey is our favorite, and works with everything, but black and cream are also available and very pretty. There’s a lot of hat embellishment this season, so if you like the idea of shine, but are looking for just a hint of that sparkle, UGG ® Australia and Portolano have our other favorite options. Whether you like a little metallic threading or sparsely scattered sequins, they’ll both be perfect when you’re in the mood for something uplifting – and warm.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ugg-australia-fashion-shorty-tech-glove/3209180 UGG® Australia - Fashion Shorty Tech Glove
UGG® Australia - Fashion Shorty Tech Glove
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UGG® Australia - Fashion Shorty Tech Glove
Fashion Shorty Tech Glove
UGG® Australia
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4. The Gloves: Cold weather won't stop many of us from being glued to our phones. Luckily, glove manufacturers have gotten “smart”, and now many of our glove options are, too. We showed you one of our favorite sleek leather versions in Clothes & Conversation this week, and here is the next one – from UGG® Australia. With their iconic shearling trim at the cuff, these have style and warmth to go along with the practicality of being able to use our smartphones, while wearing them. They look great with any coat, but especially one with a ribbed cuff that can be tucked right into these gloves to really show off the trim.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_feature/NewArrivals/PRDOVR~B5086/B5086.jsp J. Crew - Cashmere-lined Tech Gloves
J. Crew - Cashmere-lined Tech Gloves
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J. Crew - Cashmere-lined Tech Gloves
Cashmere-lined Tech Gloves
J. Crew
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Our last leather pick that is tech-friendly is from J. Crew. The price is amazing, the colors are saturated and pretty (especially this grey), they have a warm cashmere lining, and a really nice surface area for the touchscreen technology. What more can we ask for?
http://www.clubmonaco.com/product/index.jsp?productId=50223736# Club Monaco - Amelia Cable Glove
Club Monaco - Amelia Cable Glove
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Club Monaco - Amelia Cable Glove
Amelia Cable Glove
Club Monaco
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We simply adore these stylish, layered gloves from Club Monaco. Fingerless gloves are great, but not when it’s freezing out. These gloves give you the cool style factor of a wooly fingerless glove with the luxury and warmth of an Italian leather glove – all in one. The fact that you get double the warmth is a wonderful bonus. They look great scrunched down on your arm if you have a ribbed cuff on your jacket sleeve, or pulled up under an open sleeve. We love the contrast of the grey against the black leather glove, but there is a black on black option, too.
http://www.shopbop.com/stardust-jewel-glove-kate-spade/vp/v=1/1584588193.htm kate spade new york - Stardust Jewel Gloves
kate spade new york - Stardust Jewel Gloves
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kate spade new york - Stardust Jewel Gloves
Stardust Jewel Gloves
kate spade new york
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We talked about sequins and metallic in hats, so of course, we’ve got just the glove for a little of the same kind of fun. Kate Spade New York’s pretty pink gloves are pure femininity – and that’s exactly what we love about them. The rhinestones play off the soft mohair finish and pale pink color perfectly. The subtle bow at the cuff is just the finishing touch to complete these gloves. But there is one more thing – the fabric on the pointer and thumb fingers are touchscreen-friendly. Kate Spade also offers an equally fun wool/mohair version with contrast bow that is also tech-friendly. Whichever one you choose, don’t wait for a special reason to wear them – any day you want to look down and feel special is the right day.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/andre-assous-stagecoach-waterproof-leather-over-the-knee-boot-women/3840304 André Assous - Stagecoach Waterproof Leather Over the Knee Boot
André Assous - Stagecoach Waterproof Leather Over the Knee Boot
5. The Boots: There have been many interpretations of over-the-knee boots over the last few years, and for the most part, we’ve politely declined. But André Assous has finally given us an option we can happily embrace. It’s waterproof and has a great lug sole, so they are endlessly functional. The length will keep you warm – AND look stylish. You do not need to be tall and lanky for these, really. If you wear skinny jeans or ponte pants or leggings, these can work for you. And on those cold, slushy days when you still want to look good, these are your answer. They’ll complete your outfit, and your feet will stay dry. That sounds good to us.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/la-canadienne-honey-genuine-shearling-boot-women/3780016 La Canadienne - Honey Genuine Shearling Boot
La Canadienne - Honey Genuine Shearling Boot
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La Canadienne - Honey Genuine Shearling Boot
Honey Genuine Shearling Boot
La Canadienne
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Honestly, we were drawn to these because they are so good-looking. The biker style is sporty without being clunky. They look great with jeans, leggings or a skirt with tights on a cold day. And since they were from La Canadienne, we knew there was probably some nice durability to them, as well – and boy, was that an understatement. These are lined with shearling, are waterproof (the company guarantees it), have a breathable and antibacterial sock and lining, and a foam cushion insole. Made in Canada, where winter can be long and cold, they certainly know what they’re doing. The black is endlessly versatile, but they come in a deep brown that is great with jeans, too. If you are looking for a smooth leather take on this, Aquatalia makes an absolutely gorgeous version that is also waterproof, and so stylish.
http://www.zappos.com/ash-yorki-topo-reverse-broken-alaska Ash - Yorki Boot
Ash - Yorki Boot
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Ash - Yorki Boot
Yorki Boot
Ash
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Just because it’s cold out, and we want our feet to be warm, AND we don’t want to slip around, doesn’t mean we can’t still use a little extra height. This adorable style from Ash has a 2 ½” hidden wedge to give our legs the length we enjoy and all the great style of a chic bootie. You can zip up the cuff to wear it higher on your leg, but we like them just as they are. They look great with skinny jeans or looser styles – just cuff your pant to rest at the top of your boots. They are available in black, too, but this brown has that perfectly broken-in look that is perfect for the style. UGG® Australia does a great hidden wedge in a taller version, too.
http://www.shopbop.com/winter-carnival-boots-sorel/vp/v=1/1508379648.htm Sorel - Winter Carnival Boots
Sorel - Winter Carnival Boots
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Sorel - Winter Carnival Boots
Winter Carnival Boots
Sorel
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And now, when it’s time to get really serious, we’ll be wearing these sturdy boots from Sorel. The nylon upper is waterproof, as are the seams and rubber bottom. The stylish Sherpa cuff is actually part of a felt inner boot that can be removed for washing. And let’s not forget one thing – they look good! When you are going to do some shoveling, or hopefully something more fun like sledding and building snowmen, these will look great with your jeans tucked in to them and your warm puffer jacket.
 

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