Winter fashion must-haves

Wendy Barba

Sundial File Photo
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The key to looking great this season is all about being bold. Vibrant colors and daring cuts are what this winter is all about. Best of all, look runway chic without spending hundreds of dollars. Save even more by making simple pieces trendy with this season’s winter essentials.

• The classic coat has adopted a colorful twist. Old Navy has a great variety of bright wool coats ranging from fuchsia to red and royal blue. They also come in fun new styles such as standing collars and bell-shaped sleeves. At only $89.99, these coats are sure to sell out quick. They can be worn with practically anything. Pair the coat with skinny jeans for a casual look, or dress it up with a dress that goes above the knee and some lacey tights. Since these coats make such a bold statement, it is best to dress them with neutral colors.

• Flat boots are a great way to add pizzazz to your look without sacrificing comfort and money. Add brown distressed leather boots from Bakers for $89.99 to a classic day dress and you’ll easily transform your wardrobe from summer to fall. Over-the- knee boots are a must this season. Bakers has a black suede pair that would look great with a form fitting skirt or over skinny jeans. Wear a colorful flowy blouse to add a pop of color to the ensemble. These suede boots will only set you back $69.99.

• Scarves make one of the cutest winter accessories. Fun prints like leopard and plaid will help any outfit stand out. Forever 21 has a large selection starting at $5.50. Some scarves come in extra long sizes that can be wrapped around twice to give a layered look.

• Skinny jeans are a must for any wardrobe, and the darker, the better. Because they’re narrow at the ankle, they draw attention to the shoe. To add contrast to such a slim silhouette, a voluminous top or sweater should be balanced with dark skinnies. There is no need to break the bank when looking for a great pair. Old Navy has a dark wash skinny jean for only $29.99.

• Fashionistas everywhere are going mad for plaid. Charlotte Russe provides plenty of this print in various styles such as dresses and tops. Both sell for $19.99. Dark denim complements this pattern well. For an even more casual look, leggings will highlight the fun design.

• Tights and leggings this season are all about color and texture. Tights from Forever 21 come in brilliant colors. For only $5.80, it’s well worth trying all. These are a great way to spotlight a little black dress. Lace tights are also a fun way to add an extra little something to an Little Black Dress (LBD).

• Grandpa cardigans are a contrast to the fitted cardigans usually worn this time of year. Although the “grandpa” fit is loose, there is a feminine quality. It can be worn with jeans and a slim belt to emphasize the waist. It can also be worn over a slim dress. Love Culture has vivid colored, jersey cardigans for $11.90. If the jersey is too thin for the cold weather, there is also a woven option of the sweater for $16.00.

• Stiletto booties are hotter than ever. The peep-toe bootie is especially fashionable this season. For only $29.99 you can’t go wrong with a pair. The closed-toe booties are still a bargain at $39.99 from Love D & Reflection. Both styles are versatile and can be worn with dresses, jeans, tights, skirts and coats.

• Headbands with flowers add a youthful essence to an outfit. Forever 21 has an array that varies from flowers to bows, to faux leather bands. These accessories start at $3.80. Since this is such a standout piece, wear it with something solid.

• Tailored jackets transform any basic outfit to something bold. H&M has an assortment ranging from cropped to military style. Depending on the style, the jacket can add a touch of sophistication, or make a simple look edgier. Prices for the jackets vary between $34.35 to $59.95. They also help transition your look between day and night, and just as easily from school to work.