4 Ways To Update Your Winter Style (and Affordably!)

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I know, it’s been winter for like a minute over hear on the east coast, but with the impending snowpocalypse storm of the century coming this week, I’m ready for spring and already over my winter wardrobe. My closet and I are in a mid-winter rut.

Here’s how I’m combating the elements with a fresh look this season and you can easily (and affordably) update your winter style too:

1) Update your coat with a detachable faux fur collar. My husband actually asked if I bought a new coat when he saw me wear this over my favorite camel coat of over a decade!

2) Go shorter with your jeans and show off those boots. Seriously. I know, in the past this was totally dorky, but really it is a great update to what we’ve seen in the past. You’re wearing your gorgeous boots all winter, so why not show them off, right? If you don’t want to spend the money on a new pair of jeans, cut off the hems for a DIY version of the popular frayed jean look going on right now (I’m obsessed with this pair right now).

3) Chop off your hair. Apparently some of you thought my hair was always this short, but this is a good 4 or so inch chop that was so scary for me, but feels so refreshing. I’m not saying you have to go get the popular cut of 2014, “the lob” or long bob, but try giving your long locks a break for a healthier, modern look.

4) Add some spring colors into your winter gear. Pastels and winter whites are a great way to brighten up your look this winter when you’re surrounded by a sea of sad, dark colors for the season. Try it with an accessory like this bag if you’re not ready to commit to a pastel coat or white outfit.

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Chaiken coat (similar) // ASOS sweater, bag, faux fur lapel  (c/o) // Current Elliott jeans (similar style) // Tibi boots (similar here) // Nissa, Colette Malouf, Gorjana rings

How To Start Wearing Spring Fashion Now

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 Well, as you can tell by how I wore a floral dress on Good Day New York the other day while talking about winter fashion, I’m ready to incorporate spring into my wardrobe already. If you are as well, in addition to how I styled said dress for winter, I have a few ways to incorporate spring fashion into your wardrobe now.

I’ve been styling and still am styling lots of stuff for things coming out in the spring, so it’s no wonder why I can’t wait to try out all of the trends and fun clothing coming out. I even started to make a shopping list while styling Lands’ End’s spring editorial shoot (trust me, you’re going to as well when it comes out!). Two of the items I couldn’t wait to try happen to already be out like their anorak and gorgeous leather bucket bag—which is so on trend even this season and the gorgeous stone color can translate into both seasons as well. Both pieces also happen to be perfect for my lifestyle, running around the city all day.

I need a bag for day that I can swing over my shoulder for hands free shopping, but still looks professional and high quality when I meet with clients and showrooms, so the “Regatta” style bucket bag has become my new favorite—even my girlfriends all were so impressed by it and asked what designer it was!

I’m not a puffy jacket or vest type of girl normally, so never in a million years would I have thought I would gravitate towards one, but when I wanted to try out the spring anorak I’ve been eying, it made sense to layer with it when it was 40 degrees in NYC this past weekend while I was prepping for a job. Wearing the vest under this lightweight coat gave me the warmth I needed while over-heating and schlepping a zillion bags on my arms. It doesn’t become all about this massive puffy thing that’s wearing you when you wear it as a layer and a pop of color UNDER your favorite light jacket for some warmth AND style. This is an easy styling trick that anyone can pull off—while avoiding the Marty McFly look and keeping it modern.

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Lands’ End anorak, vest and bag (c/o)* // Duffy sweater // J.Brand jeans // Nike sneakers // Maison Antonym ring (c/o)

*{These items are courtesy of the brand, sans compensation. What I choose to wear and my opinions on this site are always my own.}

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