July 18, 2019 | 72° F

Jazz up your winter wardrobe with designer inspiration

Photo by Edwin Gano |

Winter is slowly approaching here in New Jersey, and as tough as it is to say goodbye to our fall clothes, it's time to break out your sweaters and boots. From eye-catching embroidery, fabulous fabrics and fun new accessories, designers have given us every reason to be excited for winter.

This year's designers — from Top Shop to Gucci — have filled their collections with coats and jackets that will not only keep you warm, but will also keep you super stylin' this winter season.

One of this year’s must-have trends is the ultra-cool bomber jacket. This silhouette has been seen everywhere — ranging in materials from satin to velvet, accompanied by floral embroidery, which adds the perfect feminine touch. This lightweight silhouette is perfect for transitioning into subtle, chilly weather. 

Throw on a pair of black jeans and switch out your old, black V-neck for a form-fitting body suit. This monochromatic look lets the jacket stand out. Don't forget to slide on a pair of block heeled, leather booties and you'll be right on trend.

For freezing temperatures, consider a military-style coat. Famously worn by celebrities such as Kris Jenner and Cara Delevingne, these metallic embellished coats are bound to turn heads. Paired with some cropped boyfriend jeans, a white crew-neck sweater and some flat ankle boots, this look is casual and perfect for the daytime while still being fabulous.

Weather you are into real fur or faux, you can never go wrong with a furry coat in the winter time, especially in New Jersey. To add a pop of color, chose a coat in burgundy or emerald green. 

Want to get dressed up in the winter, but don't want to get frost bite while trying to be stylish? Wear a mini sweater dress with a pair of over-the-knee suede boots. Good brands for boots are Steve Madden and Stuart Weitzman. For the perfect finishing touch and the easiest fix to a not so good hair day, top the look off with a wide-brim felt hat. 

Aside from statement outerwear, velvet is one of the biggest trends this season. From accessories to clothing, velvet is everywhere left and right. Throwing in a little velvet to an outfit gives it a nice elegant touch. If you're not down to be elegant, go bold and wear form-fitted velvet trousers with a turtle-neck or cowl neck sweater.

The choker necklace is looking pretty smokin' hot this season. This early 90s trend is back in style and is the perfect accent to any outfit to add some pizazz. Leather, velvet, crystals and diamond chokers are some bad ass options so you could look hardcore. A choker is a fun accessory that can be worn to tie together any outfit, casual or dressy. Forever 21 and Zara are some dope shops to hit up to get your hands on these. If you're looking to splurge, Fallon Jewelry has some of the most beautiful chokers I've ever seen.

Step out of your comfort zone this season so you can look super sick while you're strutting down College Avenue. 

Lauren Colonna

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