Our Favorite Winter Jackets to Keep You Warm and Stylish

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Choosing the right winter jacket for you can be challenging, especially if you live somewhere that sees very cold temperatures this time of year. Your choice needs to be capable of keeping you warm and snug no matter what the weather may bring on a given day. It needs to be comfortable, versatile, and easy to wear. Of course, it’s got to be perfectly in step with the latest fashions, as well.

Thankfully, this year’s crop of winter outerwear covers all the bases. They aren’t just practical and reliable when it comes to staying warm. They’re great-looking additions to absolutely any wardrobe, to boot. The following are just a few of the trends that have us super excited this season.

Ultra-Cheerful Colors

Although neutral staples like black, white, gray, or brown will never be out of fashion, there’s really something to be said for bright colors. This is especially the case during the bleakest months of winter when all of us could really use a little extra dose of cheer.

That’s exactly why we were so happy to see this season’s hot colors are happy, sunny shades capable of brightening even the coldest winter day. Look for options like canary yellow, orange sherbet, bubblegum pink, and robin’s egg blue. For instance, we’re loving this orange Anorak jacket from Ciao Milano.

Form-Fitting Fleece Outerwear

These days, sportswear and active wear aren’t just for the gym or the jogging trail. As more and more busy people embrace the benefits and joys associated with an active lifestyle, the demand for versatile clothing continues to rise. This is just as much the case with outerwear as it is any other type of attire.

Look for comfy, cozy options like zip-up fleece jackets in pretty, springy shades like fuchsia, purple, and lime. Streamlined, close-fitting designs make it easy to move around during a variety of activities, from jogging, to walking, to shopping. Wear your fleeces on their own or incorporate them into a layered look for a change of pace.

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Cinched Waists

Once upon a time, staying warm and protected from the elements meant bundling up in a shapeless parka that made you look more like a marshmallow than a style-conscious woman. We’re happy to report that this is no longer the case.

This winter’s hottest outerwear looks aren’t just cozy and practical. They’re also designed to accentuate your natural shape by emphasizing your waist. Look for belted, cinched versions of everything from woolen overcoats, to thermal wear, to stylish bombers like this zip-front option from She + Sky.

Quilted Thermal Wear

In the dead of winter, some climates really do require jackets that pack some serious protection when it comes to insulation. However, even the chilliest regions won’t see people sporting that trademark Michelin man look every style-conscious person has come to dread.

Look for high-performance thermal jackets that rely on ultra-light, attractive quilting to keep you warm, dry, and protected this winter. Sleek, form-fitting designs help you look your best no matter how low the temperatures may dip this time of year. Cutting edge technology provides lightweight, satisfying warmth that won’t weigh you down or leave you feeling bulky.

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Ski Jackets

This season, top fashion designers like Balenciaga turned ski jackets into stylish, fashion-forward items that work well with everything from professional work wear to your favorite weekend ensemble. Expect to see them everywhere and on everyone as the chill of winter continues to set in.

Look for features like high collars that not only look great but protect your neck and throat from harsh winter winds. Front-zip closures, cinch-friendly corded waists, and seam-sealed construction ensure that this season’s ski jackets are as attractive and easy to wear as they are practical.

Leather Jackets

Last, but certainly not least, everyone’s favorite outerwear staple is very much in vogue every winter, and with good reason. Even lightweight leather jackets can provide ample protection against biting winds and bitter cold. However, they do so while looking stylish, edgy, and chic – very important to every fashionista!

Look for close-fitting styles in timeless neutrals like black, cocoa, and camel. Embellishments like studs, leather folds, buckles, and decorative straps are also very much in fashion right now, making it easy to take this look and make it your very own. Try it today!

Brands We Love:Converse


If you’ve got a sense of style and an eye for fashion trends, you probably own or have owned a pair of the most popular shoes of all time. Converse’s Chuck Taylor All Stars have been around since the 1900’s and have sold over 750 million pairs. This iconic shoe first established itself in the sport of basketball, but has become so much more over the years. Chuck Taylors are now a fashion statement shoe that allows people of all ages to express their unique sense of style and individuality.

Enduring History
Converse is a brand that generation upon generation have come to know and love. Converse Rubber Shoe Company was started by Marquis Mills Converse in 1908 and specialized in galoshes. Soon after the company began making the shoes that would make them famous worldwide. The first version of the oldest, most popular and best-selling basketball shoe of all time was introduced in 1917. It was originally known as the “All Star” until it was discovered by Charles H. Taylor, a basketball player for the Akron Firestones. Taylor liked what he saw in the All Star and recognized its potential for becoming the most important shoe in the sport of basketball. Taylor believed in the shoe so much that he decided to join the Converse sales team and spread the word about the infamous Converse All Star. Because Taylor was so successful in promoting the shoe, Converse changed its name and the “Chuck Taylor” All Star was born in 1932.

Expressing a sense of style is easy for some but in the ever-changing fashion world what’s considered in-style today may be history tomorrow. Chuck Taylors have remained virtually unchanged since the 1940’s but how to style them continues to change. Below are a few ways to keep your Chuck’s updated and looking fresh.



How to Style a Button-Down Shirt

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It goes almost without saying that the classic button-down shirt is an indispensable fashion staple, as everyone has at least one or two hanging in their closet. However, button-downs also have a reputation for being better suited to preppy, no-nonsense looks than fun, unique ensembles that are sure to turn heads.

If that line of thinking sounds familiar, then you’ve definitely been underestimating the style potential of this simple but useful piece. Here we’ll go over some simple ways to take the humble button-down and use it as a jumping off point for some truly unique new looks.

1. Belted with a Skirt

Looking for a new way to style your favorite skirt? Try pairing it with one of your button-downs. You can easily mix and match skirts and shirts to create a variety of different looks. Cuff the sleeves of a basic white button-down and pair it with a sleek black pencil skirt for a fantastic office look. Pair a maxi skirt in a fun color with a denim button-down for a unique weekend look.

Whichever combination you choose, be sure to finish off the look to perfection with a stylish belt that suits the tone of your outfit. Belts are one of the simplest, most fashionable ways to accentuate your waist while instantly pulling just about any look together this season.

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2. Preppy with a Twist

As touched on above, basic white button-downs lends themselves well to “polished and preppy” looks. However, no one ever said they need to be worn as standalone pieces. Take yours to the next level by wearing it underneath a slim-fitting sweater and cuffing the sleeves. Leave it untucked so that the ends peek out from underneath the bottom of the sweater.

Finish the look by pairing it with your favorite pair of torn jeans and some chunky jewelry for a fantastic weekend ensemble. Alternatively, you could polish it up by wearing it with sleek black slacks or a skirt. Either way, a pair of sleek pumps is the perfect choice in footwear. We personally love this stylish black suede pair from Franco Sarto.

3. Lovely in Leather

When it comes to ways to beat the winter chill without sacrificing a thing when it comes to style, you really can’t beat leather. However, it’s easy to overdo it and wind up with too much of a good thing. Your favorite white button-down is the perfect way to keep your leather look balanced and grounded.

Pick your favorite black leather skirt or pair of pants and tuck your go-to white button-down into the top. Pull on a sleek pair of black knee-high boots, add some pretty accessories, and you’re all set!

4. Tie It in Front

You have more choices when it comes to how to wear your favorite basic white button-down than simply “tucked in” or “left loose.” Tie it neatly in front for a simple but stylish way to add visual interest to a nearly limitless number of looks.

Try pairing your knotted button-down with a long, colorful skirt in a pretty solid shade like goldenrod, hunter green, or plum and finishing the look with matching pumps. Alternatively, you can knot your favorite button-down over another layer (like a pretty camisole or tee), wear it with torn boyfriend jeans, and finish the look with a killer pair of black leather boots. Add or subtract layers as appropriate for a look that’s in step with any of the four seasons.

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5. Make It Monochrome

These days, monochromatic looks in tasteful neutral tones like beige, black, or ivory are all the rage, and a classic button-down shirt is a shoo-in as far as tops go. Pair yours with a matching skirt or pair of slacks. Add layers with items like sweater vests or belted jackets for a simple but pulled-together seasonal look.

Not crazy about going head-to-toe monochromatic and want a simple way to add a little visual appeal to your look? Don a pair of this season’s ultra-stylish animal print flats or pumps and reach for a matching purse, scarf, or pair of shades.

Of course, these are just a few of the many ways you can take the humble button-down and really make it your own this season. Explore the possibilities today!

Great Athletic Shoes for Your New Year’s Fitness Plan

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If you’re like over 20% of the average population, at least one of your New Year’s resolutions calls for losing weight, eating better, or improving your fitness routine in the year to come. However, planning to make some serious progress when it comes to your health and overall fitness level is one thing. Actually meeting your goals is another.

Preparedness is the key to success here, and that means having the right gear in your corner from day one. Start with a fantastic pair of athletic shoes that will really help you go the distance. Let’s take a closer look at how you can snag a pair that’s everything you need it to be.

Aren’t All Athletic Shoes the Same?

If you’re new to fitness, it only makes sense that you’d wonder whether there’s really a difference between one athletic shoe and another. However, it’s vitally important that you select a shoe appropriate for the activity at hand. Making sure you choose the right shoe:

  • Helps you lower the likelihood of sustaining an injury.
  • Maximizes personal comfort so that you don’t wind up with sore feet, aching joints, and steaming toes.
  • Ensures that you get the absolute most out of your workouts performance-wise.

Keeping that in mind, it’s best not to make your athletic shoes multi-task. A shoe that’s just right for walking probably won’t be suitable for running, cycling, or doing aerobics and vice versa. Consider the following suggestions as far as great shoes appropriate for a number of popular fitness routines.

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For Light Activity Like Walking

Naturally, marathon-level training and grueling gym workouts aren’t for everyone. However, any little bit of activity added to your routine can make a huge difference, including light walking. Start by resolving to take a quick jaunt around the block after dinner or breakfast and take things from there.

While there’s certainly nothing wrong with investing in a pair of cross-trainers to get your new walking routine started on the right foot, many people are more comfortable with a fantastic pair of sneakers that are built with walking and light activity in mind. Try an option like the Go Walk 4 Achiever from Skechers. The Go Walk 4 Achiever features an innovative and highly responsive 5GEN midsole for extra comfort and cushioning, and its casual style makes it perfect and easy-to-wear with just about any outfit.

Plus, you’ll look every bit as good as you feel, so you’ll want to wear these shoes everywhere. Slip them on for a quick trip to the store, playtime with the kids, or a family road trip to a favorite amusement park.

For Getting Back to Nature

Some people find it easier to stick to their New Year’s fitness plan when that plan also involves getting back to nature, and with good reason. There’s nothing like a day spent hiking with the sun on your skin and fresh air in your lungs. However, serious hikers need a supportive shoe that’s capable of standing up to the rigors of the trail.

Choose a hiking shoe like the Siren Edge from a high-performance brand like Merrell. Merrell, in particular, is well-known for creating quality element-resistant footwear. Features like a bellows tongue and a breathable mesh lining keep out dirt, debris, and moisture. Molded arches and shock-absorbent air cushions ensure stability and comfort from the first step of your hike to the last.

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For Running and Jogging

When you picture the ideal workout routine for you, do you see yourself running or jogging with the wind in your hair? Or perhaps you’re thinking about signing up for that new Zumba class all your friends have been raving about, instead. Whichever the case may be, you need an athletic shoe that can keep up with you when it’s really time to spring into action.

Try an option that looks good and performs well when it comes to fast-paced activities like the Skechers GOrun 400. A light, comfortable design won’t weigh you down when you’re really in the zone. Superior ventilation helps keep your feet cool, dry, and completely comfortable, no matter how intense your workout might get. The GOrun even comes complete with special sensors that take things to the next level when it comes to traction and road feel. Try it today!