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Style Tips: Winter 2011-12

If you haven’t given any thought to your winter fashion plan, don’t despair! Today’s edition of Style Tips is jam-packed with pointers on how to work your winter wardrobe.

Style Tips: Winter 2011-12

Between dealing with gift-buying, attending holiday parties, and making plans for New Year’s Eve, you probably have given little thought to your winter fashion plan. Don’t despair though, dear readers, because we have done some of the legwork for you! Yes, today’s edition of Style Tips is jam-packed with pointers on how to work your winter wardrobe—with a little help from Kate Moss, Jessica Alba, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Alexa Chung. On that note, click through to find out all the need-to-know details on what to wear this winter and how to wear it!

Pair a cropped jacket with a chunky knit.
A cropped jacket might not seem like a winter-friendly piece, but it actually can be, especially if you take notes from Kate Moss this season. By pairing her cropped jacket with a chunky knit sweater, Kate has done two things: (a) ensured she will be cozy and warm all season long; and (b) balanced the cropped proportions of the jacket with an oversized knit. The result? An ultra-chic look in an instant! To try this look yourself, pair jackets like Burberry Prorsum’s Plaid Wool-Blend Cropped Coat ($1,497.50) and Plastic Island’s Harlow Cape Jacket ($135.80) with sweaters like Michael Michael Kors’ Cowl Neck Sweater ($69.50).

Look for sweaters in playful, bold prints.
We all have days when we need to just throw on a simple outfit and head out the door, but that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice our style for the sake of simplicity. On the contrary, a playfully-printed sweater is a quick way to punch up your winter wardrobe—as evidenced by Jessica Alba! In particular, we suggest you look for a sweater that will stand out on its own, allowing you to create the rest of your outfit using understated pieces. We like Kensie’s Polka Dot Sweater ($68), Madewell’s Spotted Snowfall Sweater ($85), Topshop’s Knitted Large-Spot Sweater ($80) and ASOS’s Fluffy Spot Sweater ($63.63).

Pick a classic trench with interesting details.
The trench coat is a classic piece that every girl should invest in. That said, if this is the season you plan to take the plunge, we suggest you look for a trench with eye-catching details like, for instance, the suede Burberry trench recently spotted on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The contrasting stitching and navy blue hue bring this coat to life, but the classic silhouette ensures that this coat will be a timeless purchase, not a one-season wonder. To make this look your own, check out these key pieces: Burberry’s Bead-Detail Trench Coat ($3,995), M Missoni’s Striped-Trim Trench Coat ($695) and St. John’s Contrast-Stitched Trench Coat ($1,495).

Balance bulky layers with skinny jeans.
Layering is a key principle when it comes to your winter wardrobe, which is why we suggest you take tips from Alexa Chung this season. Notice how Alexa has layered a chunky jacket over a lightweight anorak and a knit sweater to create a cozy yet chic upper-half? By finishing her look with a pair of ultra-skinny jeans and platform heels, Alexa has balanced her bulky upper-half with slim-fitting pieces, creating an effortlessly stylish look. To try this look yourself, we suggest pairing pieces like Topshop’s Wool Pea Coat ($120), Pencey’s Worker Jacket ($111) and Vanessa Bruno’s Silk-Hemline Sweater ($435) with Degaine’s Skinny Jeans ($99.99).

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