4 Winter Staples Getting a Major Makeover

by Jessie Ajluni

With the cold weather’s increasingly brutal ferocity, I am constantly looking for chic ways to stay warm and look cool this season. I already have a plan of attack with my ultimate outwear wardrobe, but what about the rest of my ensemble?

Well today, Pretty Birds, for your sake (as well as mine), I’m breaking down our must-have allies in putting together the ideal winter look – from perfect blustery day beanies to some of the coolest hiking boots fit to take on the torrential snow that Mother Nature has been showering on New York. Read on, and hopefully snag some of these cold weather champions for a more stylish season ahead.


What do you get when you mix an oversized blanket with functional outwear? The answer is: sheer perfection. One of the only pieces of clothing that can get me outside on the bitterest of days, the cape has been my fashion savior through more than one February NYFW. The best part? Designers are taking my fav snowy staple just that little bit further with military embellishments, uber-soft cashmeres, and the loveliest leather details. I might still be rocking these lovelies on the mildest of spring time days.

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Hiking Boots

No longer just for the forest, these beauties are hitting the mean city streets en masse this year. We’ve chatted before how this shoe trend was moving in as one of the biggest footwear styles of Fall, but designers taking these woodsy wonders to the next level for winter. From Alexa Chung’s tough-but-cute iteration in millennial pink to Gucci’s out-of-this-world star print number, we will be sure to scoop up all these styles for the icy days ahead.

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Winter Hats 

Can I just say one thing? I love, and I do mean LOVE, a statement winter hat. From beanies to baker boys, this style is the perfect marriage of fashion and function. For an extra bold look, we suggest going for an unexpected colorway or texture for the ideal finish to any ensemble.

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Sculptural Sweaters

The ultimate must-have for every winter weather look, the statement sculptural sweater is the look du jour for any street style starlet this season. From bright graphic prints to oversized unique shapes, this classic style will be sure to get you snapped for the best-dressed list this fashion month.

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