Anyone else feeling like the month of January has lasted approximately 832 days? 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏾‍♀️ Yeah, it’s been a real struggle. We’ll be the first to admit that it’s easy to fall into a style rut during the cold-weather months. We find ourselves bored of reaching for the same pieces over and over, and record-breaking low temperatures have us layering up like Lenny Kravitz. As hard as it may be to ditch the oversized blanket scarf, it’s time to give our winter outfits a fresh new look. While we may not be able to fast-forward to spring (believe us, we would if we could), we’re bringing you the latest dose of style inspiration to help you beat those winter blues.

winter outfits: camo jacket

1. Experiment With an Eclectic Style

We love a good surprise, and when it comes to fashion, it can be so much fun to play with unexpected pairings. While a camo utility jacket is often associated with a more urban style, when paired with a gorgeous shade of blush, it brings a whole new twist to a familiar piece. A pair of black jeans can serve as the perfect foundation for playing with different pieces, so go ahead and mix patterns or try cool color combos to create an eclectic ensemble.

 

2. Swap Solids for Stripes

Updating your business-casual winter wardrobe can be as easy as swapping your solid blouse for a striped linen shirt. Stripes are a staple year-round, but we love the idea of combining cool tones like chambray with warm hues for the perfect way to slowly transition your outfits towards spring. Give your look an even more of-the-moment feel with trendy accents like a wrap-around clutch or printed blazer (pattern play for the win).

 

winter outfits: patterned shirt

3. Make a Printed Button Down Your Main Squeeze

When life hands you lemons, we say wear them. Sporting your favorite fruit on a classic silhouette like a button-down is a trend that has us going bananas (in the best way possible). Pear it with relaxed denim and a casual utility jacket for a low-key look. The vibrant colors and playful prints will bring a cheerful attitude both to you and those around you to ensure that you all have a berry nice day (okay, we’re done).

 

winter outfits: colored denim

4. Try Colored Denim to Cure Your Winter Woes

Jeans are undoubtedly a must-have in any wardrobe and we’ll always have our trusty baby blues to fall back on, but it’s time to freshen up your look with a pair of colored denim. Bold hues are dominating the denim industry and will continue to do so well into 2019, so it’s the perfect time to test out the trend. Your pretty jeans will be doing all of the leg work, so stick with a classic white tee and denim jacket when pulling together winter outfits with a bold new hue.

 

winter outfits: pastel knits

5. Add a Punch of Pastel to Break Up the Neutrals

We love a chunky knit sweater, but just because it’s still sweater season doesn’t mean you have to stick to dark and monochromatic tones. Add a pop of pastel to your ensemble to make your go-to winter staples feel fresh and current. The best part is that you won’t be compromising warmth for style. You can easily layer the sweater over a printed tee or a plaid button-down to keep you nice and toasty.

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We’ve all seen the Instagram and Facebook photos captioned “living my best life,” but what the heck does that even mean? An overly filtered photo of a perfectly posed individual (who swears it’s candid) or a swoon-worthy Insta-story capturing every angle of the best brunch you’ve ever seen can be a little misleading. In an age where social media sets high expectations for what happiness looks like, it can be easy to lose sight of where it all begins. We believe that living your best life starts within and thrives by nurturing every aspect of your mind, body, and soul. To support your self-love mission, we’ve gathered a few easy ways to maintain a positive body image and be your happiest, healthiest self.

positive body image

1. Find a Workout That Makes You Happy

It’s natural to try a few—or maybe a whole bunch of—workouts before you find a fitness routine that really sticks. If you’re not comfortable heading to a new class on your own, grab a friend to check it out with you! If it keeps you coming back for more, you’ve definitely found a keeper. It’s an incredible feeling when you actually look forward to your workout instead of dreading it.

 

2. Journal

Take the time each day, or even a couple of times a week, to recognize and jot down all of the amazing qualities that you have, things that you’re proud of, or a goal you met that day. Remind yourself how much you love and respect your body. Even if you have a bad day here and there, journaling can serve as a great reminder when you’ve overcome any difficulties and provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on how strong of an individual you are (#grlpwr).

 

3. Focus on a Balanced Diet (Not a Crazy One)

Sure, we’re here to remind you it’s important to put healthy nutrients into your body. But, we’re also here to tell you that enjoying pizza or your favorite ice cream flavor once in a while is totally fine, too. It’s all about balance. Trying every single new diet craze isn’t necessarily the healthiest choice. Instead, find what works for your body and makes you feel energized and ready to take on the day.

 

4. Set Goals

Don’t stress—your goals don’t have to be anything outrageous. They can be as simple as committing to walking around the block every day or grocery shopping more frequently instead of eating out all the time. Once you get into a routine, you can set loftier goals that stretch you more and more to ensure you’re always growing.

 

positive body image

5. Unplug & Practice Self-Love

It’s totally acceptable to make your well-being your #1 priority. Focusing on what your body needs is extremely important. If you need a weekend to yourself instead of filled to the brim with plans, do it. You’re allowed to give yourself a time-out, no guilt involved! While you’re at it, take a moment to meditate. It can be as little as one minute, but thinking about nothing besides the inhale and exhale of your breath can provide a much-needed reset.

 

6. Wear What Makes You Happy

Choosing what to wear for the day can be a little overwhelming, especially if your wardrobe is cluttered. Start by cleaning out your closet and in the words of the great Marie Kondo, get rid of anything that doesn’t “spark joy.” Whether you’re heading to a workout or getting ready for the weekend, let your heart decide what to wear instead of your head. If an item makes your heart skip a beat or brings a smile to your face, go ahead and wrap yourself in that little piece of happiness. Your positive energy is sure to radiate off of you and be contagious to others.

 

7. Cut Out the Bad & Replace it With the Good

If there are any source frustration or insecurity in your life that constantly get you down, it’s time to say buh-bye. Whether it’s an individual, Instagram account, or television show, there’s no reason to surround yourself with anything that makes you feel less than your absolute best. Replace those sources of negativity with positive influences that share the same values as you and reinforce a healthy and happy body image.

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In a time when it seems impossible to escape the obsession that is binging Netflix’s latest hit ‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo’, you may be feeling inspired to completely KonMari your home. We’d love our very own personal organization consultant to magically show up on our doorstep, but alas, we’re faced with tackling this project on our own. Luckily, we’ve gathered a few tips and tricks to help you tackle organization in your own house or apartment. The question is: how do you know when it’s time for a closet cleanse? If you’re having trouble finding a certain item or your wardrobe is full of pieces you no longer wear, it may be a sign that you have a cluttered closet and it’s time for a purge. We’ve created an easy step-by-step process for decluttering your closet and creating a wardrobe foundation that will survive any closet cleanout.

closet ideas: donate

 

1. Sort

First things first. Grab three different bags, boxes, or totes and label them with ‘donate’, ‘sell’, and ‘toss’. It’s time to decide which category each piece belongs to. If the item is worth more than the effort it would take sell it, go for it. If you’re not tech-savvy and don’t want to go through the hassle of selling online, see if your friends or coworkers are interested in a clothing swap. Not feeling like going through the steps to sell at all? Donate. As long as the item is in working condition and is decent quality, it’s a contender for the donation bag. If it doesn’t meet the sell or donate standards, it’s time to toss it. Starting the sorting process may seem overwhelming at first, but don’t let the stress of deciding to sell, donate, or toss prevent you from finishing the task. Simply gather what you no longer need and let it go.

closet ideas: nostalgic pieces

 

2. Letting Go

If you experience a ping of sadness when you’re putting your college tees into the donate bag, you’re not alone. While some view clothes as just things, the truth is that they’re linked to a moment in time and often have stories attached to them. It’s natural to feel a bit nostalgic, and it’s okay to set a few pieces aside to keep. Minimizing your wardrobe doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything that brings you happiness. Even if you haven’t worn something in a few years, if it puts a smile on your face, it’s worth holding on to. Set these pieces aside in a box and reach for it any time you need a walk down memory lane.

 

3. Seasonal Organization

Whew! The hard part is officially over. Now it’s time to sort your clothing seasonally. Before you get started, keep in mind that there should be a few staple pieces that have a spot in your closet year-round. The best part about organizing seasonally is that it’s an opportunity to assess anything you might have missed during the decluttering. It’s also the perfect time to do any dry-cleaning and tidy your space by vacuuming and dusting. If sturdy hangers aren’t something you’ve already invested in, now’s the time. Swap out your wire hangers for slim and durable hangers to create more space in your closet. Once you’re finished, decide which pieces you won’t be wearing for the next few months and store them in a clear container for an easy swap in the future.

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4. Assess the Holes in Your Wardrobe

Now that you have a clean slate, it’s time to figure out what’s missing. During the decluttering process, you probably got rid of pieces that no longer fit or are worn out and need replacing. Knowing your personal style is beneficial in helping you realize what you’ll need to purchase. A great rule of thumb is starting with the pieces make you look and feel your best during your day-to-day routine. If you’re still not sure where to start, our lovely Stylists are here to help! Plus, they’ve rounded up a list of the style essentials every woman needs in her wardrobe (thank you, next).

closet ideas: essentials

 

5. Stock Your Closet With the Essentials

While each wardrobe will vary from person to person, there a few essentials that should be in every lady’s closet. The fail-proof, time-defying pieces that solve your what-to-wear woes on those nothing-to-wear days. Versatility is key when creating the foundation for your wardrobe. With these staples, you’ll be able to create an endless amount of outfits for a wide variety of occasions.

premium denim: Get yourself a perfectly fitting pair of jeans in a dark wash. A dark wash is easy to keep clean and will pair with just about everything. While you may need to invest more to get the perfect pair, they’ll last for years to come, making them worth every penny.

a plain white tee and/or button down: We’d argue that no closet is complete without a plain white tee or button down. They are must-have pieces no matter your individual style and will always be an easy fallback piece if you’re not sure what to put on for the day.

a little black dress: The LBD is truly a blank slate when it comes to styling. You can add accessories or shoes to give it some flair, or you can wear it on its own and it will still be a standout piece.

a sharp blazer: A blazer (patterned or solid) has become a closet chameleon. A blazer is perfect for the office and looks equally amazing with jeans and a timeless tee.

black trousers: If you’re starting to sense a theme here, you’re 100% right. A black trouser is undeniably versatile. No matter the silhouette you choose, you’ll be able to wear these throughout the workweek or to your next weekend brunch.

 

Images by Lindsey Cole Photography

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As we settle into the new year and get comfortable with the resolutions we’ve set for 2019, it’s a good time to take a look around and evaluate what you’ll need to stay on track. Whether you’ve decided to get back at it at the gym after some time off, or are a fitness regular, you need no-fail gear that can hold up throughout your workout. And, let’s face it, we rarely give our fitness gear all of the credit it deserves. Keeping up with us class after class, enduring hours upon hours of blood, sweat, and tears (okay, maybe not blood, but definitely a tiny tear every once in a while), and being there every step of the way as we reach for our goals. But when is it time to let go of some of our favorite pieces and replace them with better-performing gear? It varies from item to item (and your workout schedule), so we’ve broken it down by category to guide you through as you bid adieu to the old and say hello the new.

fitness gear: leggings

Favorite Item: The Legging

When to Say Farewell: 6 Months to 1 Year

Holding on to a pair of leggings for too long can result in fraying and loose seams (especially along the inner thighs), loss of moisture-wicking properties, and pilling. If you’re particularly fond of certain leggings, try to reserve them just for the gym (it’s hard, we know). While it can be tempting to wear them for brunch or out for a day of errands if you really want them to last, save them solely for working out.

 

Favorite Item: The Gym Shoe

When to Say Farewell: 8 Months to 1 Year

Usually, the lifespan of your sneakers is most accurately gauged based on mileage. Once you reach approximately 400 miles, start to notice holes, leaning to one side, or pain along your shins it’s definitely time to trade in for a new pair. If you’re a runner or do high impact activities frequently, you may want to keep a standby pair handy so that you can rotate between sneakers and extend the lifespan.

 

fitness gear: sports bra

Favorite Item: The Sports Bra

When to Say Farewell: 6 to 12 Months

Cycle after cycle in the wash can really take a toll on your sports bras. If you’re looking to make it closer to the one year mark, try to handwash your sports bras, use a lingerie bag when washing in the machine, or, or at the very least, carefully follow the care instructions when it comes to choosing the cycle and washing temp. Take a peek at our post on How to Wash Your Workout Clothes for a few more guidelines to follow. Once your sports bra starts to stretch out, it also loses its support, which can be harmful to both your back and your chest. As soon as you notice your go-to sports bra isn’t being as supportive as it once was, it’s time to replace it.

 

Favorite Item: The Yoga Mat

When to say Farewell: 6 to 12 Months

When it comes to refreshing your fitness gear, your yoga mat is an essential piece of equipment that’s often overlooked. The lifespan of your yoga mat can depend on a lot of things. How frequently you’re using it, the quality, the type of cleaner you use, and how much you sweat. When it comes to washing, keep it gentle for your mat. Avoid harsh chemical cleaners for your mat and stick with warm water and mild soap to prolong its life. If you start to notice the edges curling, tears, or odor, it’s a sure sign it’s time to go shopping for a new one. Having the right mat for your practice can do wonders to extend its lifespan, so be sure to ask your instructor, a knowledgable salesperson, or do some of your own research to find one that’s best suited for you.

 

fitness gear: tops

Favorite Item: The Moisture-Wicking Top

When to Say Farewell: Anywhere from 6 Months to 5+ Years

There are so many different kinds of workout tops, which means a top’s time with you may be as short as 6 months or as long as 5 years. Once you start to see it lose its shape or the color you once loved fade, it’s time to trade in. Pro tip: if you tend to wear tanks with built-in-bras, use the same guidelines that you would for a sports bra.

 

Favorite Item: The Water Bottle

When to Say Farewell: Well, this one’s a little tricky…

Water bottles are arguably one of the most essential pieces of fitness gear to have in your arsenal. But, they are made up of many different materials, and the lifespan varies drastically between the various types, so it’s important to choose the right one. If you’ve invested in a glass or insulated option, you may even have it for an upwards of 10 years, but if you go with plastic, it will start to break down after continuous usage and washes. While it’s important to pick one that works best for your workout and budget, we suggest looking for a BPA-free bottle to keep you hydrated. It will keep you (and the earth!) safe and free of toxins.

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partner workouts

We all have them: Those nights when you come home from work knowing you need to work out, but wanting to spend time snuggled up on the couch with your sweetie or sipping vino with your bff instead? Well, what if I told you that you could hang out with your S.O. or bestie and get your sweat on at the same time? You can—by working out together. And I’m not talking about a “let’s go to the gym, and I’ll hit the treadmill while you lift weights” kind of thing. I mean legitimately fun partner exercises and activities that let you spend quality time together while you get fit—no gym required. A total win-win, right? Check out 9 of the best partner workouts below.

 

couples workouts: stairs

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Kickboxing

For those days when you really need to let off some steam, grab your gloves (and your favorite human) for a little high-powered kickboxing. Square off in one-on-one combat—but don’t take it too hard on your partner—or try a group class rather than a partner workout for a less-intense alternative that still burns major calories.

 

Hiking

Pack your backpacks, lace up your boots, and get ready for a day of calorie-burning and sightseeing with your favorite person. Even better, bring along a tent and set up camp at the top of the mountain or prettiest part of the trail for a quiet night of star-gazing and s’mores-roasting.

 

couples workouts: training

@mendezfitness  @iamjennyhofit 

Train for a race

Be it a Spartan race, mud run or just your everyday 10K, training for weeks—even months—together can be even more rewarding than completing the race itself. Having your partner there to support you (and vice versa) can be a great reminder of how important it is to support one another, and training multiple times a week guarantees you’ll have plenty of time to bond. Plus, there’s no equipment required to get started.

 

partner workouts

@gabriela_ana_  @lafreecaine_

Partner yoga

If you and your partner are more into meditative exercises than something super high energy, partner exercises like acro yoga are the perfect way to increase strength and flexibility while deepening your connection. Known to improve communication and trust in one another, partner yoga also allows you to achieve a deeper stretch in many poses while challenging and improving your balance all at the same time. This is especially great as a couple’s workout because it’s an intimate, hands-on practice that helps you feel closer to and deeply trust your partner.

 

couples workouts: beach

@moderntarzan  @acrosprout

Kayaking

Fans of anything water-related will love this partner workout, which is great for toning arm muscles and learning how to work together as a team. Go for a tandem version to get a little closer, or have a race in single kayaks to up the competition. And unless you want a truly challenging (and somewhat risky) adventure, stick to still water like a lake or calm river.

 

Skiing

This winter sport is a blast on its own, but even better when you do it together. Known to improve flexibility, strengthen joints, and get your heart rate up, this full-body workout feels like both a challenge and a mini-getaway at the same time. (Just imagine the cozy nights snuggled up in your ski chalet after a day on the slopes).

 

couples workouts: rest

@lauryncakes

Doubles tennis

Playing one-on-one tennis with your partner can be both exciting and competitive, but why not work together to take on another pair? By playing as a team, you’ll improve your communication skills, while toning muscles and getting a major cardio workout. And who knows? Maybe you’ll pick up new friends along the way (we all know good ones can be really hard to find…).

 

couples workouts: plank

@iamjennyhofit   @mendezfitness

Rock climbing

If you’re big on outdoor adventures and want to take things a step beyond hiking, this is just the partner workout for you. Although perfectly safe when using the correct equipment, the risk and adrenaline will create an instantly deeper bond between you and your partner. No mountains nearby? Not a problem—just search for a local indoor rock climbing facility instead.

 

partner workouts

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Still finalizing your list of New Year’s resolutions? Yeah, us too. Getting back into the grind is hard enough after the holidays, and trying to form new habits may not always come naturally. Contrary to popular belief that it only takes 21 days to develop a new habit, studies show it actually takes around 66 (way to go, science). So it might take a little bit longer than expected, but we’re here to help with 5 super easy ways to squeeze healthy habits into your daily routine.

healthy habits: meditation

1. Meditation

Take a moment to meditate throughout your day. It may not always be easy to snag some “me” time, but the best thing about meditation is that you can do it anywhere. In the morning before you head to work, on the bus or train during your morning commute, or even at the office. Practicing meditation allows us to be more present and all it takes is ten minutes to feel a sense of calmness. Try downloading a few apps on your phone for a guided practice to get you started. A few of our favorites are Headspace, Calm, and Insight Timer.

 

healthy habits: healthy snacks

2. Healthy Snacks

Let’s be honest. After taking time off around the holidays, the workday seems ten times longer than normal, and your body can feel worn out. Having a few go-to healthy snacks can do a lot for helping you get through a dragging afternoon. Bring an apple (you know what they say, an apple a day keeps the doctor away), a delicious green smoothie, or try out a homemade trail mix. Many grocery stores even have a build-your-own trail mix station, so get creative!

 

healthy habits: refuel after workout

3. Refuel After Your Workout

It’s important to listen to your body and what it needs after you’ve finished a workout. But how do we know what that is, exactly? Carbs, carbs, carbs (that’s the best news we’ve heard all day).  In order for your muscles to start to recover properly, you’ll also need plenty of protein and hydration. Depending on your workout, the best time frame for absorbing these nutrients varies, so make sure to research your activity to find out what best suits your workout and your body’s needs.

 

healthy tips: share goals

4. Share Your Goals With Friends

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times. Having a friend to share your goals and resolutions with makes it that much more likely for you to keep them. There are plenty of benefits of working out with a friend, but one of the best is accountability. Not to mention, it encourages you to work just a bit harder (a little friendly competition never hurt anybody), you’ll have more fun (it’s practically a social hour), and you might even feel more motivated (hello, brunch after).

 

healthy habits: meal prep

5. Plan Your Meals

There are plenty of great benefits to prepping your meals in advance. It takes some of the stress out of the work week by having easy grab-and-go meals ready before you head out of the door. If this is your first go at it, Meal Prep Haven features a complete step-by-step guide for beginners complete with tips and tools that you’ll need.  Too busy to cook (or just don’t like to)? Not to worry. Put together a list of healthy local spots you can count on if you need to order a last-minute lunch.

 

Images by Lindsey Cole Photography

Featuring @lafreecaine & @gabriela_ana_

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Before the clock strikes midnight and it’s time to belt out your best rendition of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ (does anyone actually know the words to that song?), you have to figure out what to wear for New Year’s Eve. And, let’s face it, that can be one tricky task. With celebrations ranging anywhere from a low-key night in, to ringing in 2019 at an extravagant hotel, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution when pulling together a fun and festive ensemble. However, we fully believe that the key to any countdown-ready combo is texture, sparkle and shine, so we’ve laid out the anatomy of a few great NYE outfits to have you prepped for any kind of party.

what to wear for new years eve: polished silhouettes

Perfectly Polished Silhouettes

LBD to the rescue (seriously, is there anything it can’t do?). A structured and streamlined little black dress is the perfect pick if you’re not sure what to wear. It’s timeless and versatile, yet allows you to add your own personal touches to completely set your look apart. Because nobody likes to show up wearing the same outfit as somebody else. The solution? Pair a plush suede jacket in a blush shade over your get-up for a fresh take on this classic piece.

 

what to wear for new years eve: light catching metallics

Light-Catching Metallics

We have three words for this festive top: shining, shimmering, splendid (sorry, couldn’t help it). A light-catching metallic piece is a shoo-in for a winning New Year’s Eve ensemble. To finish off your look, we say go for gold (or silver in this case) and pair a python print purse and button front mini for an outfit that’s as fun as your 2019 will be. If you’re going to be celebrating in a chilly climate, you can always wear a sparkly pair of tights for an extra layer to keep your legs warm.

 

what to wear for new years eve: pretty pleats

Pretty Pleats

Let’s be honest, if there’s one thing we consider when we’re getting ready for New Year’s Eve, it’s making sure that our outfit will be fuss-free. Constantly adjusting elements of our ensemble is not on our agenda. A few pretty pleats and a glossy shine are a great way to spruce up a t-shirt silhouette without compromising comfort. A pair of stretchy denim (again, comfort is key) in a clean, dark wash will look both sleek and sophisticated. For your outer layer, we suggest choosing a moto jacket to lend an edgy finish.

 

what to wear for new years eve: soft and shiny textures

Soft and Shiny Textures

Have fun and play with different textures! If this is something you’ve never tried before, NYE is the perfect opportunity. After all, it’s the night of the year to go big or go home. Colored coated denim will add a little bit of shine and dimension to your ensemble. Dress them up by pairing them a slinky cami and chunky heels. And to finish your look, we’re loving a soft teddy jacket. It will perfectly contrast your edgy denim and open front styling will still allow you to show off your amazing outfit.

 

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winter layering

During the winter months, it can be easy to lose your sense of style when your sole focus is to make sure you stay warm. Trust us, we get it. Current status: wrapped up in a blanket as we speak (er, write). When you have to pile on layer after layer, it feels like a losing battle to put together a cute ensemble underneath if there’s the chance that nobody is going to see it. And, let’s be honest, sometimes the end result looks a little bit like the kid from A Christmas Story. To help you master the art of winter layering, we’ve rounded up a few looks that won’t have you compromising style for warmth (and won’t have you sticking your arms out like a penguin).

 

winter layering: vest

You’re Simply the Vest

Going outside without a proper jacket during the winter may seem counter-intuitive, but with the right pieces, we promise you’ll stay warm. Start with a plaid button-down as your foundation. The pop of pattern underneath adds personality and the sneak-peek of color will inspire the rest of your look. Next, layer a classic cable knit sweater over your plaid. Not only are they warm, but they add another texture to your ensemble for added dimension. For your final layer, reach for a zip-up vest. With the right accessories (cue chunky scarf and wooly socks), you’ll feel ready to take on the day in this polished outfit.

 

winter layering: puffer jacket

Puff the Magic Layer

Seriously, we believe a puffer jacket is the most magical winter layer there is. It easily squishes down to become a packable piece, yet somehow keeps you toasty on even the coldest of days. Too good to be true? Nope. It gets even better. The puffer jacket has easily become one of the biggest winter trends of 2018 (and is sure to stick around in 2019) making it a street savvy style that pairs with everything, all while looking effortless and fashion forward. Layer yours over a long sleeve tee and finish the look with a versatile backpack and comfy shoes for a travel-ready ensemble.

 

winter layering: sweater jacket

Double (Sweater) Vision

What’s better than wearing one sweater at a time? Wearing two. Okay, we don’t actually mean bundling up in layer after layer of cozy sweaters, but we’re all for a textured sweater jacket layered over a chunky knit. A sweater jacket is not only extremely comfortable, but it also has the polished look of a classic moto jacket (#winning). Sneak an additional long sleeve top under your sweater if you need a bit more to bear the cold. Since it won’t be seen, the extra layer won’t detract from your amazing ensemble. Way to go. You. Are. Killin’. It.

 

winter layering: long cardigan

Take the Long Knit Home

A cardigan is undoubtedly a closet staple thanks to how easy it is to incorporate into your wardrobe on the daily. But if it’s being worn so often, how do you make it feel fresh and new? We’re currently obsessing over cardis with a long length and oversized pockets. When the temperatures are low, we’re super thankful for the extra fabric to keep us warm and a cozy spot for our hands if gloves aren’t quite cutting it. This easy-to-wear piece pairs well with denim for a day out, or fleece-lined leggings for a low-key night in.

 

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As soon as it gets too cold to bear outside, it’s admittedly hard to get motivated each day especially when it comes to getting dressed. When all you want to do is wrap up in a blanket, it can be tempting to reach for the same cozy sweater over and over again. Don’t get us wrong, we love having our go-to items, but it can become hard to reinvent ways to style them after a few wears. The good news? The right accessories can breathe new life into your favorite winter pieces, so we’ve rounded up a few of our must-have accessories to add the perfect finishing touch to your ensemble.

 

winter accessories: rectangle scarf

Rectangle Scarf

We’re all for pieces that can be styled in more ways than one, so we love the versatility of an oversized blanket scarf. When you’re not wearing it around your neck, you can drape it over your shoulders to wear as a lightweight piece on a low-key night in or an unusually warm day. Looking to add some pattern to your all-neutral ensemble? There’s nothing more timeless than a festive plaid to round out your look. Basically, a cozy rectangle scarf is the grown-up way to bundle up, and with so many color combos to choose from, there’s an option that works for every style.

 

winter accessories: clutch

Minimal Baggage

Whether you’re staying home for the holidays or traveling, a neutral clutch or wristlet is the perfect piece to have on hand (literally). Small enough to stow on your carry on, you won’t have to worry about it taking up valuable space. It’s the perfect size to help keep you organized on-the-go with space to stash only the essentials and nothing more. Better yet, find an option with a detachable crossbody strap for a bag that works for whatever you have on your busy agenda.

 

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Modern Hoops

Simple modern hoops are a must-have accessory in any wardrobe. Contemporary lines and mixed metals are perfect for everyday wear and sleek enough for your next soirée. If you need a little something special to make your party look pop, pick a pair with a touch of sparkle to really make your ensemble shine.

 

winter accessories: beanie

Pom Pom Beanie

A chunky knit beanie is a necessity in any cold-weather wardrobe. You can rock it everywhere from running last-minute errands to hitting the slopes on vacation. Our favorite finishing touch? An oversized faux-fur pom-pom. It adds just the right amount of luxe texture and feels festive for the season.

 

winter accessories: bracelet

Slim and Slender Cuff

If you’re not a huge accessory person, a delicate bracelet is a great solution. Simple and sophisticated, it adds a polished finish to your look without going overboard. With the ability to style it alone or stacked with your other favorite bracelets, it’s a wear-with-everything piece you’ll never want to leave home without.

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Getting dressed throughout the winter can sometimes feel like a daunting task. Stepping out into the cold and trying to put together an ensemble that feels both stylish and warm seems impossible. Thankfully, there are reliable style essentials that will keep you cozy and fashion-forward all winter long. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to help you and your wardrobe survive the chilly months ahead.

 

winter wardrobe style essentials: cozy knit

1. Cozy Knits

It may seem like the obvious choice, but we’re strong advocates for keeping one or two (or ten) cozy knits in your winter wardrobe. Our favorite updates to the classic cable knit are cropped lengths, oversized silhouettes, and vibrant pops of color.

2. High-Waisted Pants

For the bottom half, reach for a high rise pant. Whether it’s a legging, trendy pair of denim, or printed pant, finding a pair that sits at your natural waistline will ensure all-day comfort. They look especially chic when you pair them with a chunky sweater and style it with a front-tuck.

3. Fancy Flats

Easy to dress up or down, you can easily pair flats with any ensemble you have in mind. Need a pair that will cut it in the workplace? Try a pair with sparkle or embroidery and you’ve got instant fancy feet.

 

winter wardrobe style essentials: plaid

4. Plaid, Plaid, Plaid

There are few style essentials we keep in our closets all year round, and plaid is one of them. While plaid is no doubt a seasonless staple, we’re particularly fond of it this time of year. Festive color palettes and easy layering make it a no-brainer when you’re not sure what to wear.

5. Boyfriend Jeans

Boyfriend jeans are the answer when you want to round out your outfit with something that’s relaxed and on-trend. Wear them rolled for a fully laid-back look, or uncuff them for a more tailored take on the trend.

6. Slip-On Sneaks

A comfortable slip-on sneaker is a fail-proof finish to your ensemble that can take you anywhere from a low-key weekend indoors to an all-day outing.

 

winter wardrobe style essentials: sherpa-lined jacket

7. Sherpa-Lined Jean Jacket

Denim jackets are a go-to piece in the summertime, but as soon as the weather starts to cool down, there’s a need for something more substantial. Sherpa-lined jean jackets provide more warmth, feel super cozy, and will keep your outfit looking cool and casual.

8. Camo Pants

Camo print is the trend that won’t end (and trust us, we don’t want it to). Try it out on a cargo pant, stretchy skinny, or even a relaxed jogger if you want to give an athleisure spin to your ensemble.

9. Comfortable Boots

With it being one of the busiest times of the year, you’re probably running from the office to holiday shopping, and somehow squeezing in your normal errands. There’s no doubt you’ll need comfortable shoes to keep up, and booties with a low heel are the perfect solution. They look polished and professional without killing your feet.

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