Layer Like a Star! Top 10 Must Have Winter Fashion Staples Inspired by Jessica Simpson, Beyoncé, Rachel Zoe and More!
‘Hotter winters’ start today! I get it…it’s COLD and you want to keep your style-o-meter blazing without freezing! Too many layers, on the other hand, can leave you wondering whether you look fine or bulkier than a fire fighter. So alas, you resort to the safe option: dark denim skinnies, a basic tee, cardigan and a somewhat cute scarf wrapped around your neck once. Boo-hoo! (I’ve been guilty of this, too hehe!)
The temperatures are destined to be cool and so is your style! So let’s dash in to my top ten must have winter staples to heat up your wardrobe and confidence all season long!
WINTER MUST HAVE 1: FAUX FUR VEST
Kourtney Kardashian uses a fiery faux fur vest to add spice to an all black ensemble. The prim look craves a tough girl touch so she cleverly added a rugged tote. Try this look!
A brown faux fur vest glamorizes Rachel Zoe’s boho knit hat and shades. So if you like to mingle casual and luxe this is a superb example.
Kim Kardashian winterizes her look with a lustrous black faux fur vest and her signature finish: thigh high black leather boots.
WINTER MUST HAVE 2: LEATHER PANTS
Beyoncé’s entire look is staggering! Curly locks, a red blazer with black detailing, swerve heeled hardware anklet sandals, a printed oversized clutch, futuristic shades and finally…curve embracing black leather pants! Leather pants aren’t just for skinny women!
Olivia Wilde knows her strength: magnetizing eyes and chiseled bone structure. So in the fashion department she chooses subtle tones and simple silhouettes to keep the focus right where she wants it. The lace up detailing along the sides of her leather pants is an understated way to add flare.
Kristen Stewart and Beyoncé must have been channeling the same fashion vibration! Who would’ve thought! This is by far the best look I’ve seen on Kristen. Watch out Beyoncé, someone may be ‘biting’ your style, get it hehe!
WINTER MUST HAVE 3: MODERN OVERSIZED SCARF
A grey check cashmere scarf trimmed with fringe and a faux fur hat adds a rich emphasis to Molly King’s tan full length coat and black platform booties.
Love houndstooth? Me too! Feast your eyes on Danni Dminogue’s magnified version of the beloved print decking out her chichi chiffon oversized scarf, POW! It pairs perfectly with her studded flats. Try it for yourself!
And for a whimsical spin notice how Milla Jovovich uses two chunky scarves, one wrapped around her neck then placed underneath her cardigan (albeit wrapped inside a waist belt), and the other tied at the neckline and skillfully tucked underneath. This is a great way to layer for warmth without a gigantic coat.
WINTER MUST HAVE 4: EYE-CATCHING BLAZER
Guliana Rancic is wearing a neon yellow blazer, delicate cream scoop neck top, leather leggings and metal tip pumps…plus, most importantly, one big, confident smile!
Here Blake Lively is spotted wearing a tribal print blazer with satin cuffs and a pointed asymmetrical hem. Aztec prints, alone, are attention grabbing, no other prints required, so stick with solid separates.
Music artist turned design maven Gwen Stefani is sporting a color blocked menswear inspired blazer with classic tuxedo details and a splash of color for a feminine twist! Leather leggings and ankle boots give the look edge and sex appeal. This is how to look like a lady in menswear-esque pieces!
WINTER MUST HAVE 5: SEE THROUGH SEPARATES
Kourtney Kardashian, one of my style favorites, is wearing emerald leather high waisted shorts, a sheer V neck button down blouse and tights with leather booties and an oversized satchel. Sheer tops are surprising rebellious during winter months! They’re an enticing way to say, ‘Hey winter, you won’t burry me under layers the whole season. Check out my goodies!”
Same applies here with see through separates. Miranda Kerr is wearing a sheer, loose fitting cropped top, a denim button down top, low rise leather shorts and tights, a bell silhouette coat and an unexpected western twist with cowgirl boots! I love it!
Jaime King looks mesmerizing in this long sleeve sheer top with an edgy leather strip starting at her collarless neckline all the way to the hem. The cardigan she’s cradling brilliantly matches the color scheme of her overall look! The tangerine clutch and aqua insole of her heels breaks up the continuity of the royal blue. She aced it!
WINTER MUST HAVE 6: COZY CARDIGAN
Blowing in the wind, Eva Longoria is wearing a pink full length woven cardigan, a matching tank and glossy nude pumps with distressed skinnies and a Birkin bag.
Taylor Swift is spotlighted wearing a mustard boyfriend cardigan, maroon top, vintage polka dot skinny jeans, pearls AND LOOK…did you notice yet? Her flats resemble kittens! Isn’t that adorable!
With red lips, a ‘kiss me’ cardigan, white top, liquid leather pants, mellow boots, a leather duffle bag, oversized gradient cat eye sunglasses and her hair pulled back, Miranda Kerr proves sporty can be sexy!
WINTER MUST HAVE 7: VIBRANT LEATHER JACKET
Elisabetta Canalis’s leather moto jacket combines purple sleeves with diamond patch stitching at the shoulder, blue and black color blocking on the body, a front asymmetrical zipper and a below the waist belt. Leather jackets infused with color elevate our cool weather outfits!
Nicole Richie appears to agree! Her vibrant leather jacket is strikingly similar to Elisabetta’s, except this one is military inspired (notice the epaulets and collar). See how a vivid leather jacket and a lightweight, printed scull scarf can spruce up even yoga pants and a basic tee? Add a fringe backpack for even more get up and go spunk.
Imagine Erin Andrew’s outfit without this tangy jacket. Cute, but the jacket goes the extra mile finishing the look with energy!
WINTER MUST HAVE 8: EFFORTLESSLY CHIC PONCHO
This is the best picture I’ve seen of Jessica Simpson! Her brown woven turtleneck poncho is elegant, modern and cozy yet light weight. The textured faux fur trimmed gloves, leopard print satchel and oversized shades give the overall look sophistication.
Halle Berry’s cowl neck poncho pairs effortlessly with distressed jeans, a white tee and buckle boots. I especially like the clingy fit and triangle hem, it makes the poncho appear less dense.
With a gorgeous layered bob and pink highlights whisking in the wind, Fearne Cotton looks smashing in a plush cape poncho with zig zag fabrication at the asymmetrical hem. The purse choice works because it pops without stealing attention away from the main attraction (the poncho).
WINTER MUST HAVE 9: STATEMENT PURSE
Our purses should do the talking at times, however! Check out Jennifer Lawrence carrying this exquisitely designed front flap tote with gold hardware along the flap and strap. Notice she isn’t wearing any gold accessories, that would be overkill. When you’re wearing a purse with lots of metal detailing avoid overpowering accessories. Choose subtle accessories instead.
Same rule applies for bags with color. Jennifer Mitchell’s ostrich convertible bag is the only blue element of her look. That ensures her purse (and red lip) the center of attraction!
Hillary Duff uses a gentle forest green tote to liven up her cool weather combination.
WINTER MUST HAVE 10: STUNNING BOOTS
Wowza! Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen looks like she’s strutting for the cover of Glamour Magazine! Let’s focus our attention on the boots. She’s wearing grey leather thigh highs with cowgirl pull straps which look vivacious with fishnet tights. The length, style and silhouette of her plaid wool coat plus double layers underneath keep the look classy.
Colored jeans are all the rave and Petra Ecclestone teams hers with black leather knee high fold over boots. Gold bangles complement the dominant yellow hue, and her sheer top adds an ‘extra’ordinary touch.
Lay your eyes on Jennifer Hudson’s sassy pose and Versace ensemble! She looks ravishing, it’s like she’s beaming from the inside out. Now zoom in on the boots! I’m instantly taken by the silver strap across the shaft and the heel is shocking! I’ve got a closer look for you in the photo below…
BAM! These Versace boots are unprecedented. The gold inverted triangle ingrained heel is killer! Have at least one pair of head turning boots in your closet, take it from Jennifer!
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