How to Dress Warm & Look Fashionable

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Winter and the presence of cooler weather means trading in those sexy summer dresses and flirty cocktail shorts. But just because the mercury is dropping doesn't mean you have to drape yourself in shapeless parkas that mask your assets and creativity.

There are plenty of practical, winter-friendly styles that will let you show your flair for fashion, all while protecting your tootsies from frostbite when you have to duck out for a mid-afternoon hot cocoa break.

Start With Fabulous Outerwear

Depending on the climate where you live, your winter coat may be the single most important part of your winter wardrobe. Invest in a great coat that is flattering, well-made and stylish, but not too trendy as to become passé by the first melt of spring.

Ideally, you want a coat that will carry you from year to year, so choose something that is classic in nature and consider having it tailored to your most flattering length. If it is within your budget, you may also consider picking up a more trendy, less expensive winter coat each season to mix up your daily options. This season, consider a winter coat in a bold color (greens, reds or even purple), a fantastic print, or something with embellishments (toggles, ruffles, bell sleeves, etc.)

If a new winter coat is not in the budget this year, use accessories to brighten up and refresh what you have. A skinny belt cinched at the waist of an otherwise boxy jacket will give you instant curves and flatter the figure. Artfully drape a colorful scarf or pashmina over your shoulders or around your neck for a warm look with European flair.