The first thing that comes to my mind with the words “winter fashion” is Bergdorf Goodman. As you are likely aware, Bergdorf’s is the crème-de-la-crème of high end department stores in New York City. Home to the some of the wealthiest clients in the world, Bergdorf’s is also extremely well known for their remarkable holiday window displays.

Looking into any of these window displays, you are transported back to a different time, a different place or a different state of being. The viewing of these window displays is a euphoric experience and should be on everyone’s bucket list. As a young girl viewing the windows, I would always be wearing my L.L Bean coat of choice for that winter gazing into a mannequin wearing the finest furs and leathers from head to toe.

The problem that arises with winter fashion is it can either be devastatingly chic or fatally horrifying. As I have grown older, and moved beyond my hot pink and yellow winter coats, I realized that there are three statement pieces everyone needs to have in their closets to walk the line between chic and horrifying.

The first item being: a down parka—like this Fashionista is wearing. A trendy parka can take any outfit that extra step it needs to look more put together. The next item is a go-to pair of knee-high leather boots. These boots can be worn with jeans or leggings, and match the Fashionista’s parka perfectly!

Lastly, a statement necklace is needed to finish off the look. Even when the Fashionista zips her coat you can still see the glimmer and shimmer from her statement necklace. This adds the perfect touch of flash to the look but still keeps it casual enough for everyday wear.

Getting dressed for the winter time can be tough. It is very tempting to throw on a pair of sweatpants, brace the cold and head off to class. I promise you, if you follow these fool-proof steps you will take winter fashion by storm this season!

One Simple Change: If the weather is being extra forgiving, ditch the parka for a fury vest! This would be perfect to wear to class.