Fashion Bomb 101: Ten Fall And Winter Basics

Savannah writes, “I have recently moved to upstate New York from the U.S. Virgin Islands to attend college. I am already freezing my butt off, for I’ve been experiencing 64 degree days in August. I honestly don’t know how I’ll be able to survive in January! So I was wondering if you would be able to school an island girl on fashionable winter staples that will keep me toasty while not putting too much of a dent in my already lacking student bank account.” Jade adds, “I’m moving to the Big Apple for grad school and I’m not sure of what to pack! I’ve never been to NYC in the fall or winter and don’t know how you guys dress for the weather. From what I heard, you guys whip out warmer clothes in September and have some of the most craziest coldest winters ever. I’m from VA and I’m used to just throwing on a scarf and a jacket when it gets cool (cool, not cold!)! What am I going to do? Will I have to sacrifice style for warmth?”

Ladies, I know your plight all too well! Moving from sunny Atlanta to cold Boston for college presented a similar shift in wardrobe. Below, find all you need to transition to fall (and winter) with ease:
1. A Leather Jacket:

Pop a chic leather creation over your summer perfect tanks and jeans for a fall perfect look. It’s heavy enough to battle the chill, yet light enough to not overwhelm. I’d invest in a black asymmetrical beaut that you can hold on to for years to come.

2. Dark Denim:

Dark jeans are supremely slimming and can work no matter the weather. Have a few silhouettes on tap, including skinny, trouser style, and bootcut, along with a few distressed options for fun.

3. Gorgeous sweaters

Though I’m a huge fan of cashmere, anything wool or in a heavy weight will work wonders during cooler months. Layer yours under leather jackets and over jeans, and pop it under a coat when temperatures truly drop south.

4. Sweater Dresses

Keep the sweater theme going with dress creations in warm knits. Rock ’em with a pair of opaque tights and boots for added cozy chic.

5. Layering Pieces: Tees, Button Downs, and Thin Knits

Retaining warmth is all about layering, so make sure your bases are covered with long sleeves t’s and button downs in white, gray, or black.

6. Boots

In addition to your run of the mill pumps, add a few boot styles to your arsenal. I’d go for a pair of ankle booties, wedges, knee high, and over the knee.

7. Fall/Winter Headgear

I’m personally a fan of berets, but you can cling to Fedoras, knit hats, or turbans come fall. Just stick to something that goes with your personality, and marries fashion with function.

8. Skirts

Midi length skirts are on trend this season, though you can rock with everything from pencil to A-line to peplum with ease.

9. Wool Pants

Cling to trousers in neutrals, and add punch with bold pieces in bright red or orange.

10. Stand out Coats

The icing on any chic cake is a great coat. Aside from getting your typical black wool offerings, have a bit of fun with a funky coat in houndstooth or leopard print.

I didn’t include product suggestions as this is an evergreen story that you can hopefully reference for years to come. Take this guide with you and get to shopping on your own. You’re sure to be fall ready and fabulous.
For tips on Fall 2012 Trends, visit this piece and stay tuned for more fall specific shopping pieces in the future.
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Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style magazine in the world.

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