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NoDN: Cold weather tips and tricks for the ladies

November 21, 2012|By Zara Husaini @zarhus

Listen up, ladies: cold weather isn’t an excuse to skip out on the November of Dressing Nicely.  The month may be winding down, but that’s no reason to quit now.  It’s no secret that vanity sometimes takes the backseat to comfort when temperatures drop – but we say, why can’t you be comfortable and stylish?  Local fashion expert Shannon O’Brien is on hand to give stylish Chicago women tips on how to look great in seasonal pieces.

 -Upgrade your leggings: There’s nothing more comfortable than a well-worn pair of leggings – here’s simple tip for stepping up the look: swap out cotton leggings for a sleek faux leather pair.  “It give a bit more edge to your comfortable go-to,” O’Brien said.  And as if that weren’t enough, the faux leather will also keep your legs really, really warm. 

-Black is (and will always be) the new black: O’Brien suggests that every woman stock a great pair of black jeans – it’s a perfect way to add polish to a casual staple.  “a great pair of black denim can give the illusion that you are a bit more dressed up than you actually are,” O’Brien said.  Since you won’t be getting as much mileage out of your favorite LBD this season, invest in another great basic black piece: a fitted turtleneck.  O’Brien suggests dresses it up with a statement necklace.

-Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize: O’Brien recommends upgrading your coziest pieces with some fun accessories.  A chunky necklace, fun cocktail ring or “arm party” (an arm full of bracelets) is the perfect way to take your oversized sweater from frumpy to fabulous.  Scarves are also great for winter, the perfect combination of fashion and function.

-Take it to the next level:  O’Brien, who is also a make up artist, views makeup as another accessory.  “It can change your whole vibe just as much as any article of clothing,” she said.   As for hair, top knots are super trendy and were practically made for windy, cold weather.  O’Brien suggest pairing a top knot with a bold lip for the perfect winter hair and makeup combination.  One thing you should avoid in cold weather?  Tons of eye makeup – there’s nothing worse than raccoon eyes, and Chicago wind is definitely powerful enough to smudge your liner.

-Invest in great basics: According to O’Brien, every woman should have these five pieces in her wardrobe: A beautiful high heel, a structured blazer, a flattering little black dress (throw it over patterned tights and add a few layers over it for a seasonal twist), a black opaque stocking, a leopard accessory – whether it’s a shoe, a scarf or a belt, it’ll add a dash of glamour to any outfit.

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