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Fashion Forecast: Luxurious layers and sleek style

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    Thursday, November 14, 2013, 2:03 PM -

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    The leaves have fallen off the trees and the time for piling on warm clothes is hereand with it, the dreaded fear: sloppy winter style. But despite the dropping temperatures, a girl still has to attend her many social engagements, and shouldn’t have to sacrifice her style in the process. Staying warm doesn’t have to equal looking dull and drab. Here are some of our top tips for conquering the impending frigid weather in sleek style.

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    The forecast for this weekend in the Maritimes is set to be a manageable 9-10°C during the day, but dropping down to 3°C at night (and this is just a taste of what we’re in for across the country). While it’s natural to reach for your preferred palette of black, grey, and navy when it gets colder out, inject a punch of print to add some panache to an otherwise understated look. This snakeskin patterned silk blouse by Equipment will act as a thin thermal base underneath a cozy knit, such as Zara’s Loop Knit Jacket, and will be sure to keep you feeling toasty throughout the day.

    Pair with edgy leather leggings—a winter staple—which pack in the heat without being thick (plus they’ll make your gams look trés toned).

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    Another great way to utilize your layers is to opt for a shawl, which can easily be tossed over a cardigan or blazer without adding any extra bulk. Not only will it exude elegance, but it will also act as a blanket that you can use to cozy up under while out on the town at a particularly cool restaurant/party/event.

    Faux fur accents can also add some warmth while still permitting you to wear a smartly tailored jacket, as opposed to a full-on puffa parka.

    Finally, sophisticated accessories are key to upping the ante on heavy winter ensembles—peppering in an array of designer (or designer-looking) boots, bags, hats and gloves can instantly transform a frumpy-looking outfit to fabulous.

    While planning your winter wardrobe can take more planning and effort, the most important thing to keep in mind is that investing in quality pieces will allow you to stay warm and stylish year after year. And as the falling leaves turn into snow, it’s nice to know that you have tried, tested and true options hanging in your closet for whatever tempestuous weather may await.

    Weatherproofing with Fashion:

    1. Equipment ‘Signature’ Print Silk Shirt, $96, nordstrom.com
    2. Zara Loop Knit Jacket, $100, zara.com
    3. Les Chiffoniers Leather Leggings, $500, theoutnet.com
    4. Aerie Cable Knit & Fur-Lined Snood, $37 ae.com
    5. J.Crew Majesty Peacoat, US $348, jcrew.com
    6. Christian Louboutin Bootylili Ankle Boot, $1,145, barneys.com

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