Dressing for a chill in the air often results in looking like Randy bundled up so tight that he cannot move in A Christmas Story. Looking chic rather than frozen is no easy feat when you have to combat the elements. While putting together outfits was once fun, it has a tendency to become tiresome and a hassle once February hits and everyone starts longing for sundresses. I was feeling this same desire for sunlight when I saw this Fashionista on campus. She made me immediately forget how overwrought winter ensembles can be with her easy but entirely chic outfit. It was immediately a breath of fresh air.

Personally, I have a tendency to go overboard with layers during the winter, partly because of the practicality, but also because I love piecing together outfits that way. This Fashionista served as the perfect reminder that keeping things simple with the right pieces is sometimes more effective than anything else. Absolutely never underestimate the power of a beautiful sweater. This Fashionista’s camel cabled cowl neck sweater from Forever 21 is just the right dose of simplicity and elegance to center her look around. It is classic, but with its slightly oversized and perfectly slouchy fit, it is completely modern. Pairing it with distressed skinny jeans from American Eagle Outfitters and a military-inspired DKNY jacket makes the look streamlined and fresh. What I especially love is how beautiful the camel color is and how well it works with this Fashionista’s green jacket. She finishes off her look with black booties that are a must-have for every Fashionista and beautifully natural and fresh makeup.

To achieve this look on your own, cultivate some classic winter pieces that will go with anything and everything. I always stress the importance of a great coat, whether it’s a wool overcoat or a military-inspired jacket like this one. Find something that flatters you and really fits in with your personal style, and that way, it will serve as the perfect topper to every outfit this winter. Next, find some comfortable and chic sweaters. Whether you go for a classic, minimalist approach like this Fashionista or you’d prefer making your statement with embellishments and bright colors, a great sweater collection makes every winter wardrobe that much more effortless! Stock up on classic jeans and booties to finish off your look and to make your winter wardrobe streamlined and fabulous!

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Don’t overthink it! You can look effortless and elegant while staying warm!”