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When cold weather approaches, it's time to bust out the one staple of almost every woman's closet. Not the little black dress but the little black coat. You know you have one, be it a wool pea coat or a leather jacket -- because let's face it, black goes with just about everything. When you accessorize with a hat and boots, you can use color and texture to mix it up and make that coat all your own.
If you don't feel like working too hard on your outfit or you just don't want to stand out, neutral colors are the best way to go for matching your black coat. White, black and gray are all perfect matches for black -- they are complementary colors that don't pop out. Just remember to wear them strategically. White boots are sure to be ruined on a slushy, muddy winter's day. Stick to darker boots, and if you want to introduce white into your outfit, do it with your hat.
Accessorizing is one of the best ways to inject a pop of color into an otherwise drab, neutral outfit. If you think that black is blah, dress it up with your hat. A bright pink hat gives your dark outfit a burst of girly energy, while something more subtle, like pale lime green or sea foam, matches while making your noticeable. Don't be afraid to wear something that will get you attention, because your black coat might not.
Neat in Knit
Black might be too "executive stock broker" for some. If you want to dress down your coat with a little boho power, then look no further than something that looks homemade. A knit beret keeps your head plenty warm while adding texture and a variety of colors to your outfit. You can even match it with boots that have a knit wool exterior -- perfect for going to class, the skating rink or the market. Don't pair a matching knit hat and boots, though, or the look will overpower your coat instead of complementing it.
Play With Textures
If knitting isn't your thing, don't worry -- there are plenty of other textures you can introduce to your outfit. If you wear a black wool coat, dress it up and unleash your inner bad girl with a set of black, patent-leather boots. If you're sporting a leather jacket already, soften it with an accessory like a pink beanie or white suede ankle boots.