Mass St. Chic: Winter accessories are fun and fashionable

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Stock up on a variety of winter scarves. Having several colorful winter scarves is especially good if you have a monotone, neutral-colored fall coat.

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Picking out a hat is highly dependent on your day-to-day activity. Some bulky, over-sized winter hats look simply absurd — that is unless you are making a trek into the snowy wilderness.

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Purchase several pairs of gloves so that you will be prepared for every occasion. Like this angry secretary look.

Yuck. Our long summer has finally, officially ended. It is cold outside! Make sure you have all of your basic outerwear essentials before you venture outside after dark.

Brrr!

Scarves:

Stock up on a variety of winter scarves. Having several colorful winter scarves is especially good if you have a monotone, neutral-colored fall coat. I love scarves for their diverse textures and thicknesses — layering a chunky knit scarf under a leather jacket creates an interesting, contrasting look. Also, if you often get chilly at work or around the house, a thinner scarf is an excellent way to stay warm and accessorize your outfit. I recommend utilizing this easy fall item as often as possible this fall. Play with the shape and length of your scarves, and experiment with different ways to tie and wrap your scarves. Check out interesting wraps and scarves by Anna Sui, Haider Ackermann, and D&G; Fall RTW 2010. 

Hats:

Picking out a hat is highly dependent on your day-to-day activity. Some bulky, oversized winter hats look simply absurd — that is unless you are making a trek into the snowy wilderness. If you are just making a quick trip downtown, keep the fur-lined, aviator-style Russian hats to a minimum. Do pick wool or knit hats that provide substantial warmth. Also, when selecting a hat, keep in mind the shape of your face. If you have a round face, tight fitting, cable-knit hats will emphasize the roundness of your face, creating a distinct outline around your forehead and ears. Finally, it is important to pick a hat style that suits your personal style. A cloche is perfectly feminine, while a beret is classic and chic (but difficult to pull off). See standout versions by Betsey Johnson and Diane von Furstenberg Fall RTW 2010.

Gloves:

Gloves have always been one of my favorite fall and winter accessories. Simply by slipping on a particular pair, you feel more outdoorsy or, contrastingly, more sophisticated. Purchase several pairs of gloves so that you will be prepared for every occasion. Wool gloves are perfect for casual outdoor activities. If you often use your hands, purchase a pair of fingerless gloves or a pair with a detachable finger shell.

Faux or real leather gloves are a complementary accessory to evening jackets, capes, and other fall outerwear. Look for fun, girly details, like ruching, ruffles, or bows. Pick long gloves if you have a cropped swing coat or favorite jacket with three-quarter-length sleeves. Again, keep in mind the colors of your fall coats so that you pick a color or print that will match accordingly. Check out sweet gloves on the fall 2010 runways of Nina Ricci, Yves Saint Laurent, and Marni for ideas.

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