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The leaves are falling and there's the first hint of fall chill in the air. It'll soon be time to get bundled up in sweaters, scarves, boots, pantyhose, warm pants, gloves, coats and hats. Don't let the weather get you down, though. Just think of all those cozy, new must-haves for your wardrobe.
Dresses and Skirts
It's cold and wet out there, but that's no excuse for hiding indoors. Even bundled up in layers, you can still look gorgeous. The wool sweater dress is both a fashion classic and snug. It comes in styles to suit every look. Try a gray, knit knee-length dress with a cowl neck and long sleeves. It'll cling to your curves and the cowl neck will double as a scarf. For something more colorful, look for chunky knit dresses with funky patterns such as stripes or bold florals. Wool pencil skirts in fine fabric will keep you warm and looking stylish. Wear them long or short with thick, black pantyhose or go for neon shades if it's a blast of color you're looking for. These looks work anywhere -- from a date to the office.
Wool is, by far, the warmest fabric for winter pants. Look for lined pants with a flat front and side zip, with or without a crease. It's a style that's both flattering and suitable for any occasion. For a fun take on winter pants, jumpsuits, jodhpurs and stirrup pants come back into fashion every year. If you prefer more lightweight fabric such as denim or cotton, wear pantyhose or tights underneath.
Sweaters come in every style imaginable -- from sleek, fitted cashmere to the big, ratty sweater you steal from your boyfriend. If you're going for a smart look, try cashmere turtlenecks in black or camel. To keep it casual, snuggle up in a chunky or cable-knit sweater. Go for a single color or a dazzling display of Christmas cheer -- think reindeer, snowflakes and snowmen. Avoid wide necklines that leave your shoulders exposed and allow too much cold air in. Cowl-necks and turtlenecks add extra coziness.
Now all you need to keep out the cold and rain is the right coat. Wool is an ideal fabric for coats because even if it gets wet, it will still keep you warm. You don't have to stick to wool, though. Coat styles range from military, duffel and trench to biker and capes. Try different styles and fabrics till you find the one for you. Faux fur collars and cuffs add a classy touch, and a coat embellished with sequins, bright trim or Dalmation print will make you smile even on the dreariest day. For a gothic take, try a full-length leather trench coat. Black is always chic and is a traditional winter shade, but don't be afraid to try brighter colors and bold patterns. These will look just as stylish without looking drab. Add wool or sheepskin mittens, a fur-lined hat (fake or real), a chunky scarf and a sturdy umbrella and you're ready to face the chilly weather.