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Winter styles both functional and fashionable

Every year, winter nips at the noses of fashionistas around the globe, and suddenly style becomes all about function over fashion. But this year everything is changing.

Fashion and function have finally been married to create tasteful trends that are so useful you’ll wonder how you got through so many winters without them.

The number one cold-weather trend was passed down straight from the iconic 1920s glamazons. Eternally elegant faux fur is what’s keeping everyone warm this winter. It is the perfect addition to any winter outfit and the most effective way to keep warm. Throw a fur vest over a white tee or your favorite flannel shirt for a laid-back look in under a minute. If you’re feeling extra fabulous, a faux fur coat is always a show-stopper.

If you’re not a fan of fuzz, but are still striving for a cozy look, shop no further –  puffy vests are officially back in the picture. Steal the five-year-old puffer your mom still has in the closet and throw it over a pleasantly textured sweater or a chambray. Not only are they good for a classic preppy outfit, they can also dress up (somewhat) a sweatshirt and yoga pants, a staple in every college girl’s closet. Vests aren’t the only practical items to add to your closet in preparation for the chilly months to come.

Fleece lined leggings are hot on the market and warm on your legs. As the best thing to happen to women kind since, well, ever, no one thought that leggings could be improved. Thankfully, they can. Now you can find them fleece-lined and printed, providing the perfect combination of comfort and warmth.

Vivianne Velazquez/Photographer As our climate fluctuates, Keely Hunt stays warm and trendy with this season’s fashion. She’s wearing a long sleeve shirt with a sweater and adds a pearl necklace to help accessories her outfit to match her eggshell vest. Oufit styled by Kelsey Stiegman.

Vivianne Velazquez/Photographer
As our climate fluctuates, Keely Hunt stays warm and trendy with this season’s fashion. She’s wearing a long sleeve shirt with a sweater and adds a pearl necklace to help accessories her outfit to match her eggshell vest. Oufit styled by Kelsey Stiegman.

Next on the cold-weather checklist: beanies. These winter staples are no longer just for bundling up outdoors. Beanies can be used as a day-time accessory for a grungy, layered look. And as an added bonus, they hide dry winter hair! Throw one on with an oversized sweater, ripped jeans, and ankle booties for a relaxed, cool vibe.

Functionality isn’t the only silver lining to this white winter season. Current trends are also offering many opportunities for saving some green. Circulate some of your spring and summer pieces into your winter wardrobe instead of buying new. It’s a great way to put a new twist on the seasonal classics you may be getting sick of. Circle skirts from last summer can be worn in the cold if your look is layered to the max. Wear one on top of tights and over-the-knee socks, then layer a scarf and chunky cardigan over that. It will surely keep you warm, not to mention mix up your winter style.

Another item to reuse from seasons past is your pair of trusty Hunter rain boots. Instead of ruining those super expensive Uggs, keep your toes dry and your outfit perfectly preppy by reusing your boots from last spring. Wear them with boot liners, a matching sweater and pearls for a cozy and practical outfit.

Although it’s always a popular winter look, layering button ups under sweaters seems to be especially prevalent for 2014 but not in the stuffy, conservative way we’re all used to. This ever-present style is currently about changing it up and making the look your own. Layer stripes under polka dots or put plaid under leopard print. Roll your sleeves and flip up your cuffs. Layer necklaces or rock an arm stack.

Don’t let the freezing air cramp your style or allow after Christmas shopping drain your bank account. Take full advantage of the cozy new trends and find fun ways to use your old items.

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