FASHION

Nine-to-Five Winter Essentials

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(Original story published on Monday November 10th, 2014 on Slice.ca.)

The time has come to stop dreaming about those random warm fall days. They’re long gone and they won’t be back until May. Now, there’s nothing left to do but get used to that ice-cold nip in the air, and suck it up, Buttercup. Besides, it’s the perfect excuse to edit your work wardrobe and cozy up to winter’s cool style offerings.

Scroll down to check up our stellar lineup of the coolest knits, bottoms, blazers, booties, and other separates that will keep you warm yet totally stylish at the office.

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Chic & Cozy Knits

A chunky knit with a chic edge will be the piece you’re reaching for all winter long, and Madewell’s Stripe-Sleeve Sweater ($90) is the perfect option.

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Chic & Cozy Knits

Opt for a knit with a friendly punch, like French Connection’s Penguin Wool Jumper ($98). Pair it with a leather pencil skirt for added edge.

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Chic & Cozy Knits

When temperatures get scary low, a warm turtleneck is bound to be your saving grace. Try Gap’s Cozy Turtleneck Sweater ($60).

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Chic & Cozy Knits

Equal parts warm and sleek, Old Navy’s Women’s Crew-Neck Sweater (was $33, now $21) is an easy option to pair with printed skirts and sleek trousers.

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Thick Bottoms

Stay warm in a midi-length, ribbed knit pencil skirt, like this option from Joe Fresh ($29).

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Thick Bottoms

A sleek pair of trousers is a total no-brainer, and Ann Taylor’s Crepe Cigarette Pants ($166) pair perfectly with chunky knits and ankle boots.

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Thick Bottoms

A leather pencil skirt is the perfect balance of sexy and sophisticated. We love Aritzia’s Babaton Jax Skirt ($125) teamed with a relaxed, chunky knit and opaque tights.

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Thick Bottoms

The bottoms you’ll be wanting to wear all season long? Wool slim-fit trousers. Opt for Banana Republic’s Lightweight Wool Slim Ankle Pant in this cool indigo hue ($117).

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Cool Blazers

When the temperature drops, there’s only so much you can do to stay warm, and piling on the layers tops the list. Collect a few various styles, prints and colours that work with your wardrobe. We’re loving Topshop’s Window Pane Check Boyfriend Blazer (£60).

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Cool Blazers

If we have anything to say about it, white after Labour Day is a total must–especially when it’s in the form of a sleek blazer. Mango’s Padded Shoulder Jacket ($110, now $70) is a great topper to wear with trousers, pencil skirts and full midi skirts.

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Cool Blazers

A great print is bound to go a long way in your wardrobe, and we’re loving Ted Baker’s Opulent Bloom Suit Jacket ($325). A warm layer that works for both work and cinq a sept cocktails? We’ll take it!

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Cool Blazers

Give your nine-to-five wardrobe a hit of serious cool-girl style with a ASOS’s Longline Blazer ($118). Team it with a white oxford shirt and fitted black pants for a sophisticated look.

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Sleek Booties

Those little pumps of yours are going to seem far too dainty for what this winter has in store, so it’s best to stock up on a great pair of ankle boots. We’re loving Zara’s Leather Ankle Boot with Zip ($100).

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Sleek Booties

Simple black ankle boots are a must for your wear-everywhere wardrobe. We recommend Aldo’s super comfy Bereda Ankle Boots ($80).

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Sleek Booties

Opt for a pair of cut-out booties that are bound to add an edge to your skirts and dresses, both on and off duty. Try Steve Madden’s Poinnter ($156).

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Sleek Booties

Feel like ankle boots make you look shorter? No problem! Go for Schutz’s Noire Nubuck Booties ($204). We guarantee they’ll give you lengthy gams.

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Luxe Under-Layers

Of course, warm layers will only take you so far. It’s what you wear underneath your daily favourites that keeps you warm and adds a polished element to your look. Try pairing J.Crew’s Crinkle Check Shirt ($102) under that cream cardi or printed knit.

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Luxe Under-Layers

A white oxford shirt is an obvious must-have. Wear it under everything from blazers and cardigans to chunky sweaters and printed knits. Try H&M’s Cotton Shirt ($60). Well you’re at it, you might want to grab more than one.

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Luxe Under-Layers

Equally as imortant as the white shirt? A black turtleneck. Chic and sophisticated when worn on it’s own, and equally cool when worn underneath a thick sweater, it’ll take you effortlessly into spring. Try Club Monaco’s Julie Turtleneck (was $80, now $60).

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Luxe Under-Layers

An easy way to inject a hint of prints into your wardrobe? A striped cotton tee! Wear it underneath a cardigan or a chunky knit, having just an inch of the sleeves showing at the wrist. Go for Ralph Lauren’s Striped Stretch-Cotton Tee ($50).

 

 

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