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A Guide To Winter Trends

December 2, 2010 7:00 AM

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A Guide To Winter Trends

Chicago’s Winter never looked so good! Nothing is worse than trying to look great in 15-degree weather. So, what’s a girl to do?

Cardigans, Sweaters & Belts

First up, cardigans and sweaters belted. It’ll keep you warm and define your waist. Throw on a pair of leggings and boots and you’re good to go.

For loose fitting, cute and comfy sweaters try American Apparel. My personal favorite, the Modal Shawl Cardigan in Black, Natural Cotton Boucle or Black Natural Acrylic Boucle ($82). The natural colors go with just about everything.

American Apparel
46 E. Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60611
www.americanapparel.com

Add a skinny belt. Check out J.Crew in the 900 Shops, they have a large selection to choose from, simple black leather, shimmery, animal print and more ($29.95).

J. Crew, 900 Shops
900 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 751-2739
www.jcrew.com

Colored & Monochromatic Tights

Next…colored tights. Give that little black dress (or skirt) a pop of color and keep your lovely ladylike legs warm. Most department stores will have what you’re looking for, but my go-to is Nordstrom’s hosiery department. Check out DKNY Opaque tights in Burgundy or Violet, a fun addition to an outfit and the perfect thickness for warmth ($14.50).

Or, try monochromatic tights. You’ve seen them on every runway this year and they look great on
all skin colors and body types. My pick: a little black dress with black tights and a pair of knee high boots.

Nordstrom
55 E. Grand Ave. (Shops at North Bridge)
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 464-1515
www.nordstrom.com

Fur Vests

You’ve seen them everywhere from Forever 21 to Neiman’s; there’s one for just about every budget. Intermix has a few most girls would die for. My favorite is the Yves Salomon Exclusive Raccoon Fur Vest in Natural or Black ($595). A little pricey, but well worth it.

For a less expensive option, head to Macy’s for Style & Co. Faux Fur Sweater Vest in Black ($49 on sale) or MICHAEL Michael Kors Vest, Faux Fur Button Front in Cream or Pearl Heather ($130).

Intermix
40 E. Delaware
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 640-2922
www.intermix.com

Macy’s
111 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 781-1000
www.macys.com

Gloves & Mittens

Fingerless of course. Fashionable and perfect for those of us who love our touch screen phones. No tweet, status update, text or email will have to wait.

Nordstrom has an amazing selection. My choice (that I happened to buy this weekend), is the Frenchi Crochet Flower Fingerless Gloves from the BP Section in Nordstrom. They come in Black, Cream, Seagate (sea foam green) and Slipper (pale pink), and are only $12.

Nordstrom
55 E. Grand Ave. (Shops at North Bridge)
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 464-1515
www.nordstrom.com

Samantha McCarthy

Samantha McCarthy


Samantha McCarthy is a born and bred editor in Chicago, but has a love for all things fashion. She wears many hats (and owns one too many pairs of shoes) with one of them always being in-the-know of the fashion industry.
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