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Spring and summer, with all their feminine pastels and flirty short hems, are the seasons to command attention. But don't think that you can only pull off a sophisticated and sexy look when the mercury rises -- the cold weather months afford fashionistas plenty of opportunities to show off their style savvy. Yes, this even includes the ubiquitous winter uniform, the sweater. Forget shapeless, grandma-style pullovers decorated with dancing lambs. Pair your long, black winter skirts with some trendy sweaters accented with accessories, and you'll turn as many heads in the dismal days of January as you did in July.
If you've got a floor-length black maxi skirt, you are in luck when it comes to getting ready for winter fashion. Top the skirt with an oversized boyfriend sweater and cinch in the waist with a wide black belt that boasts an attention-grabbing buckle. Throw on some black tights to keep those legs toasty and wear high-heeled ankle or mid-calf boots. Complete your casually elegant look with dangly earrings and some layered necklaces and bangles, especially ones that feature colors that complement your sweater. Wear this outfit to a winter dinner party with friends and you'll stand out like the North Star against the ho-hum backdrop of drab black trousers and turtlenecks.
Cardigans aren't only for the blue-haired, bridge-club set anymore. Try an ultra-girly cardigan that features delicate embroidery, beading or sequin work over a solid-colored blouse and with a long, straight black skirt in a cold weather-friendly wool, denim or cotton blend. Give it a fresh, non-frumpy spin by leaving the cardigan unbuttoned and wearing a thin belt over the top -- black is good; a color that complements the blouse works, too. You can even make cardigans work double-time during holiday parties as a shrug over a shimmery white blouse and a puffy black A-line skirt. If you're going for this look, skip the belt and fasten the cardigan at your waist with a large jeweled pin or brooch.
Get a trendy college-girl-meets-cubicle-rebel look going by wearing a calf-length black wool pencil skirt with a collared, long-sleeved button-up shirt that's topped by a long-sleeved cropped sweater. Black nylons or tights and high-heeled ankle boots are a must here. The classic black and white combo -- black skirt and sweater paired with a white collared shirt -- is always tasteful, but don't shy away from mixing it up with a solid-colored cropped sweater or a colorfully patterned, collared blouse.
Finely Knit Sweaters
Sweaters can give the thinner black skirts that you normally save for warmer temperatures a new place in your winter wardrobe. Try them with a long-sleeved, form-fitting sweater in a fine knit that hugs your curves without making you look like you've gained five pounds overnight. Don't forget to put on a belt to emphasize your figure. Everyone loves a splash of color in the dreary dark days of winter, so try off-setting the black skirt with a perky patterned neck scarf or eye-catching chunky beads.