Cold weather doesn't have to mean bulky layers. Instead I prefer to layer several thin layers, such as a cardigan underneath a blazer. This not only adds visual interest, but also helps to keep you comfortable in a variety of temperatures. Layering under a blazer can start to feel tight around the elbows, so to maximize your movement try a ponte or knit blazer. If you normally wear black or other dark neutrals you are most likely thrilled that we have left the bright colors of summer, but don't revert to monotone just yet. Add in a bright pant (see Banana Republic outfit) or a patterned top (see LOFT outfit) to look fresh, not flat.
The sweater dress is a key piece for fall and winter because of its warmth, but the material often makes it feel unstructured. I like to add a wide belt (see Ann Taylor outfit) to define my waist. Since sweaters can be clingy, many women look for a sweater dress that has some room in it. Adding a belt helps to add definition. Tights and boots are a tried and true combo with winter dresses, but pumps and flats can also be worn.
Your outerwear will also make a statement this season. I love a bright color paired with contrasting winter accessories since your outer layer does not have coordinate with your inner layer. However, chances are whichever color you are drawn to is already heavily represented in your closet.
The key to all of these outfits is in the details. Belts add polish, layering creates a visual story, and vibrant pops of color show off your personality. Trying something new doesn't have to be scary or out of your box; it might just be combining pieces you already love in new ways.
Click on any of these images to see a full list of the items and you'll be on your way to a fabulously chic season!