Winter Wear: Where and What?

Getting back to fashion for a moment there are two stores in NYC for the stylish, smart shopper that will have you ready for winter. My winter must have clothes are knits, knits, knits, and more knits! Knit sweaters, skirts, dresses, knits galore. Sweater dresses will keep you toasty during the frosty Winter months and knit skirts are perfect with a fitted top or blouse and cardigan. Long sleeve dresses of any fabric are great paired with sweater tights or leggings. Another winter trick that I often employ is recycling my summer dresses and skirts by throwing a simple sweater over them and creating a new look with a fun pattern and mixed textures.

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For Winter footwear make sure you get yourself a good ankle boot and rain boot. My rain boots have turned out to be perfect for light snow and lets face it, in reality snow turns into slushy grey water pretty quickly in the likes of most cities. While Hunter Rain Boots are all the rage, I dislike the style of Hunter’s classic rain boot and find most of their glossy and regular colors off putting. When I was in Europe, Aigle Boots, manufactured in France, adorned everybody’s feet. Aigle Boots seem sleeker to me and are also more fitted along the calf. They also boast a huge range of colors and styles. I have the Chantebelle in the olive color-way and I absolutely love them! They provide enough room for thick socks while still fitting me snug with skinny jeans or tights on. The subtle olive green with a hint of orange provides a nice departure from a brown or black tall boot while still matching with most of my outfits.

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So where to get good quality, cute,and affordable sweaters and knits in NYC? Two stores: Uniqlo and Joe Fresh. Yes, these stores are both technically chains but they are perfect for picking up your basic winter layers. Uniqlo’s clothes are very minimal, sleek, and made with high-quality fabrics. While at Joe Fresh, there is a younger, less utilitarian vibe, and clothes are injected with fun prints and embellishments.  Whenever I am in Soho I always go to these shops because no matter what time of year, they miraculously have some sort of sale going on making their reasonably priced clothes even more desirable. Both these stores also have very strong men’s collections as well and will have your colored corduroy and warm sweater needs covered, two cold-weather staples for men.

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