Layers are essential in winter. The more the merrier, in my book, as I can't stand to be cold.

Scarves, gloves, hats, coats — any warmth that can be added in style. And I'm loving the ease of it all in black and white. Tweed and woven alpaca are great ways to bring in texture. Top it with fur for even more visual interest.

Bundle up, baby!


Photo from Vogue Japan December 2013

It all started with the coat.

Oh this coat! Printed calf hair, goat and fox. Sure, throw them all in there and style them beautifully, why don't you Emilio Pucci.

Stumbling upon this fabulous piece of outerwear, my head went straight to the accessories that should surround it. I love the thought of keeping within the neutral palette, since the coat is the center of attention. The smooth, curved boots support it nicely (hot), as does the duffel handbag. The gloves and earrings are the icing on the cake. All of it is delish! Who needs clothes underneath?


Featured above: Emilio Pucci printed calf hair, goat and fox coat; Gucci curved leather lace-up ankle boots; Pamela Love sunburst gold-tone onyx earrings; Mulberry cashmere lined nappa leather gloves

Piping is one of those details I will never tire of. Whether in color or texture, I'm all in.

This season, you will find a ton of leather piping in sweaters, tees, blouses, pants, dresses, skirts, jackets and coats. While I caution against going overboard, varying things up will keep your wardrobe fresh and fun. Perhaps you add leather piped jeans this year, in addition to a navy blouse with cobalt piping and an overcoat with tweed piping.

The key is finding beautiful accents that transcend season and year.


Photo from Preen Line

This season, you will see a few oversized coats here and there. A bit reminiscent of the 80s, minus the shoulder pads. I happen to like a coat with shape. However, if you are drawn toward the boxy menswear-inspired long coats, just keep everything underneath fitted, with clean lines. And go for bold color!


Photo from My Theresa

relaxedsequinsYou can always find a time and place to break the rules. I happen to like rule breakers — it shows they're not afraid to take risks.

Just as sequins made the shift from 'evenings out only' to 'anytime of day', so too can pairing flowy on top of flowy.

When Tommy Hilfiger introduced the relaxed silk PJ-ish look a couple of years ago, no one was quite sure how long the trend would last. Now, billowy silk pants have made the big time. Though it's what you mix with them that may surprise you.

Versatility comes with a little creativity. And Free People wins the award on breaking the rules in an oh-so-cool way. Sequins aside, it's the flowy on top of flowy that makes this outfit. Pairing two styles we once thought we shouldn't. It's all about balance.

This skirt would also look fantastic with a midriff-baring burnout tank, if you were so inclined.

As we approach the new season, get back into your closet and play. It will give you inspiration to mix things up like never before.

And know, it's okay to go against the grain.

Photo from Free People