Winter wonderland

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When  we think of winter we think warm and cozy to bundle us up from the cold.  Being warm becomes priority a priority and fashion takes a back seat,  but how can I let my fashionistas not be ready to face all the seasons? So here’s a sneak peak into being fashionably winter ready:

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1. Coats : Coats have been a fashion statement since the 1920s, there are various styles one can choose from,  but ideal are the ones that suit your frame. Coat prints,  fabric,  colour and lengths are mostly trend based like 2 years hounds tooth in black and white was the most sought after coat to have an all top designers had their own version.  For slender frames one should opt for double breasted or neck detailed coats with a fuller skirt to give you more curves, curvy women should opt fo trench style or peacoats as they give you a structured look and a cinched wait helps in defining a waist, petite frames should opt for shorter coats and empire styles as it will give a full figure. 

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2. Jackets : are mostly till your hip or above.  Mostly winter favourites are always bombers , puffy, leather jackets and hoodies as they are good wind breakers and give one a more relaxed sports feel.

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3. Cuddleduds : or body warmers or inner are the basic layer one uses in order not to pile jackets and sweaters. They are thin, sleeveless,  strappy,  half or full sleeves and can also be worn as a shell or t-shirts and just wear a jacket or coat over it. Come in basic colours,  but there are printed and non inner wear looking ones as well.  Perfect for creating coloured layering on a dull cloudy day.

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4. Cardigans : front open button down sweaters  made of soft wool are normally called Cardigans most popular ones being made of  cashmere wool.  Printed or plain they are just above the waist and act as the perfect blouse for a work day or lunch  during the winters.  Pair with pants,  pencil skirts,  jeans or a plain sheath dress and you will look winter chic in no time. 

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5. Sweaters : thick wool,  soft wool,  front open,  round neck,  v neck,  polo neck they come in all varieties.  Colourful woollen patterns or one coloured they help in keeping one warm.  Sweater dresses are a winter essential. By pairing them with jeans,  trousers or skirts and layering inside with a tank,  Oxford shirt or body warmed you add a dash of bright to an otherwise dull outfit and kinda look like a yuppie fashionista.

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6. Sweatshirts : an all time casual favourite and the ever popular winter T-shirt.  Keeps it casual,  and painted ones add a bit of fun to a boring monotone top.  Jeans, shorts,  skirts and leggings are just some add ons to the ever growing pairing options.  One looks young if worn correctly instead of looking sloppy and rolled out of bed.

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7. Boots : ankle or knee high or riding are only a few of the ever changing variety of Boots one can choose from.  Suede,  leather,  wet leather,  fur,  crocodile skin are just some of the few materials people experiment with.  I feel there  are some of which you can never go wrong,  tan knee high,  black ankle length and one mid calf in grey or maroon.  Matching it with your belt or Bag,  healed ones for work either kitten or wedge or block (my preference is a little higher than kitten heels)  and you are shoe ready.  Skinny jeans and knee length a line or full skirts look the best knee high boots.  Pencil skirts are best with just on the ankle boots and so are trousers.  Having 3 basic colours makes it easy to pair and add variety to the shoe closet in the winter. 
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8. Wraps: pashmina,  cashmere or thick wool.  Colourful, embroidered,  patterned, embellished they come in all varieties.  Mufflers are thin and long,  but add pattern and colour to your coat.  Match the patterns with your gloves or cap and be a little fancy.  Shawls are worn by all ages and go with most outfits even the cape versions.  They just wrap around so no worry of size and fit.  Great for formal dos without interfering with your outfits.
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9. Headgear : most underrated but the most chic  winter accessory. Whether its a beanie,  newsboy or the basic woollen caps they all can be paired and played around with depending on your outfit.  Even black felt hats or earmuffs with headbands not only protect you from the cold but also become a funky fashion accessory.

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10. Hand warmers : whether gloves in leather,  fleece or wool or mittens.  These hand warmers are becoming as important as coats and caps.  Coloured ones complimenting your muffler or cap add a little bit of style and pattern.  You even have the option of using a hand warmer which is a round bundle of fun fur with fleece inside and you can place your hands inside.  Very 1920s and very vintage glam when you pair it with your fur coat and hat.
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  These are some winter essential which you should have in your closet to be trendy and warm at the same time.  Winter fabric have always been knit, twill,  silk,  fleece and wool.  So pair up experiment and be ready to the style queen in the winter wonderland!
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