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Friday Fashion: Winter wardrobes fall into place with summer, autumn style

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With 40-to-50-degree temperature predictions next week, and retailers installing the first of many holiday floor sets, it is time to start thinking of fall-to-winter wardrobe transitions.

Summer trends transitioned perfectly into fall this year, and the same can be said for fall-to-winter. Fall statement pieces can be layered for a chic cold-weather look.

Summer’s bright color palette can be carried through for a pop of color. Turquoise, fuchsia or red pants are great under a trench or cape. Crew neck sweaters in strong graphic prints are a casual layer over knits. Patterned scarves play off a bold tunic with skinnies and boots: winter’s go-to basics.

The perfect work outfit can be styled with the season’s best trends. Pair a below-the-knee skirt (a winter class) with a feminine blouse. Sheer and lace blouses covered the Spring 2012 runway shows last month. Investing in a quality sheer professional top now will carry into next year. Add a bold belt, chunky heel and tailored trench for the perfect office look.

Defying traditional conventions of not wearing white after Labor Day, white gives cold weather outfits a sleek appeal. This trend allows transition of a white summer blazer to winter, while long white skirts and pea coats are effortlessly chic. Beading makes white dresses great for holiday parties.

Neutral, black, long, short, with or without fur, capes made a strong appearance on the runway, and are perfect with knit gloves and scarf on a cold day. When campus is blanketed in snow, try a long parka to stay warm. Wear the season’s hottest trend with a feminine look under a thick parka with oversized hood.

A good way to stand out from the bundled masses is by layering in stylish accessories. A structured leather bag can organize belongings and pull an outfit together, while the perfect boot serves well in the snow. Chunky heeled leather boots work well for a dressier occasions. The right suede, slouchy tall boots, or lace-up ankle boots can anchor a look.

Silver or gunmetal cuffs and chains dominate this season’s jewelry. Softened with pearls, a chunky gunmetal chain pops against basics. Sculptural ring, bracelets and chokers add sophistication.

Versatility and layering is the key to staying warm. Mixing year-round staples with winter’s statements is the best way to style cold weather gear this season. Be creative with your closet and your clothes will go a long way.

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