Stand out from the crowd in a pale palette. From retro-inspired silhouettes to luxurious furs, we've found the best pieces to turn the heat up on your wardrobe.
This isn't your typical blouse. Fringed lapels and a simple neck tie have a menswear feel with a modern edge.
Ann Taylor blouse, $98; anntaylor.com
The off-kilter exposed zipper and minimalist silhouette take us back to the '60s.
Zara coat, $129; zara.com
Paired with gold plating, the white enamel on this necklace is retro and fun. The organic shapes keep it interesting.
Kenneth Jay Lane necklace, $275; maxandchloe.com
Half turtleneck, half wrap, this knit sweater is versatile, chic and perfect for chilly days. Pair it with slim black pants for the office or wide-legged jeans for a stylish weekend look.
Diane Von Fustenberg sweater, $345; dvf.com
Ankle boots get an unexpected makeover in pristine white leather. They're reminiscent of old-school ice skates, but these are better for the sidewalk than they are for the rink.
Zara booties, $159; zara.com
White isn't the easiest color to wear on the bottom, but black stripes on either side give these trousers a sporty edge and create a slimmer silhouette.
Topshop trousers, $120; topshop.com
A small and subtle detail can make all the difference: the absence of a collar gives this blazer a modern, minimalist vibe.
Theory blazer, $425; theory.com
The ultimate bit of luxury? A fur head and neck warmer, which adds vintage elegance to even a simple ensemble.
Adrienne Landeau head and neck warmer, $195; neimanmarcus.com
Feminine lace and a body-hugging shape keep this cream-colored number from being too refined.
Nanette Lepore lace dress, $698; bergdorfgoodman.com
A subtle bow in the back takes this accessory up a notch. It adds a playful accent, while the white hue means that this can be layered over just about anything.
Ann Taylor belt, $48; anntaylor.com
Get in on the ladylike trend with a tote that will last for seasons to come. The flap closure and top handle are just the right amount of retro, but white leather and silver hardware are unexpected and modern.
Michael Kors tote, $348; michaelkors.com
Stay toasty all winter with a luxe fur vest. The best way to wear it: keep the rest of your outfit sleek in order to let this piece stand out.
Rachel Roy fur vest, $698; Bloomingdales.com
This pretty timepiece combines two favorite details in one elegant watch: rose gold and white hues. The contrast between the two creates a warm glow.
DKNY watch, $195; dkny.com
A simple pencil skirt in ivory is a classic and timeless option. Plus, it's an easy way to branch out from dark winter hues.
Banana Republic skirt, $98; bananarepublic.com
No need to fear the elements when you have a soft, cozy scarf on your side—or around your neck. With cashmere this toasty, frills are just unnecessary.
White + Warren cashmere scarf, $185; whiteandwarren.com
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First Published Mon, 2011-09-19 10:30
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