Five Winter Style Essentials

With the days getting chillier, there is no doubt winter is just around the corner. Being prepared for winter means having the right wardrobe. So start shopping now, before the cold weather gets you. Here are my picks for five versatile pieces to add to your wardrobe that will keep you cozy while looking ever-so-stylish.

1. Camel Wool Coat

A wool camel coat is eternally chic and classic staple for every wardrobe.  Whether it is an oversized style or a classic fit, camel wool coats are a timeless essential. It is an easy to wear piece that goes with almost anything, perfect to throw over office clothes, or as a cozy wrap on the weekend.

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2. Embellished Sweaters

Add a little bit of sparkle to your wardrobe. The embellished sweater is perfect for the festive season, but also brings a bit a bling to your every day life. They are effortless to wear and keep you warm and cozy.

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3. Wool Hat

When weather turns foul, a pretty wool hat will will protect your hair, and keep you looking cute. Opt for one with a wider brim to protect you from gusts of snow and wind.

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4. Tights

Just because your legs are covered up does not mean you cannot show them off. Make the most of the cold-weather months with these on trend and far from boring statement tights.

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5. Chunky Knit Scarf

It is amazing how warm a chunky knit scarf will keep you. This stylish piece is both practical and pretty. Chunky knits are ethereal, body enveloping, and inviting to touch.

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Inspiration from Pinterest.

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Tips to Make Your Wardrobe Last

Replacing clothes can be expensive, so here are a few tips to help extend the life of your favorite clothes and accessories.

1. Hand wash cashmere. Repeated poor – quality dry cleanings can lead to fiber breakage. Plus, an old fashioned hand washing leaves the cashmere considerably softer. Use lukewarm water and a mild soap, such as the Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo, and lay flat to dry. Remove excess water by rolling the garment in a towel.  NEVER wring it!!

2. Do not drive in your good heels. The floorboard scuffs the heel, and the pedal scratches the toe. Drive in simple flats, or try heel protectors, which are plastic coverings that slide over high heels.

3. Never hang pearls. This weakens the silk threads that hold the necklace together.

4 Launder whites after every wear. It is tempting to put a white blouse back into the closet after a spill free wearing. After all, it looks spotless. But body oils and perspiration, along with other time released stains (like perfume, white wine, and oil splatters), will start to give a once bright white a yellowish tint.

5. But do not over wash darks. Excessive washings cause faded clothing. Black pants, in particular, can be worn several times before laundering. For best results when you wash, run darks on a short cycle in cold water and let them air dry. Blot any stains, since rubbing will create a lighter spot.

6. Beware the dryer. Excessive heat makes fibers brittle, causing the fabric to break down. Combat this by removing lightweight garments, like T-shirts and camisoles, and anything containing spandex ten minutes earlier than heavy garments, such as jeans and sweatshirts.

7. Iron clothing inside out. Ironing can fade dark colors as well as create shine marks on fabrics with sheen. Avoid damage by using the appropriate heat setting and pressing the item on the reverse side. Or use a cloth between garment and iron. Also, never iron a crease on a black garment…it can leave a permanent line.

8. Zip up to avert snags. Your clothing goes into the wash perfectly intact. Later you notice a mysterious pull. The teeth of zippers or any kind of hook closure is typically the culprit.  Next time close all zippers and clasps before tossing clothes into the washing machine.

9. Wash (unstained) jeans every third wear. Most people wash their jeans too often. Launder them inside out and in cold water. Obsessed with preserving the deep dark rinse? Skip the clothes dryer and let them air dry, or take them to a dry cleaner.

What Gretchen Wore

I decided to go a little more casual than I usually do in the office today. My gingham shirt is from Old Navy, on sale for $20. I added my red pencil skirt, which I have had tailored recently.  If you have a piece you love, always consider altering when it does not fit anymore. You might recognize the necklace from a previous post.  I found it for $8 at H&M.  My Nine West nude peep toe pumps complete today’s look.

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‘Tis the season

Yes it is going to be holiday party season before you know it.  Why not get one dress that you can wear to multiple parties.  A metallic dress is great for the holidays, and the silver color means it can be matched with nearly anything.  You can wear different shoes, accessories, add a coat or scarf to change the whole look of the dress.

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