The Cool-Girl Way To Accessorize This Winter

Photographed by Mark Lim.
Somewhere between November and March — and our innermost layer of long underwear and a puffer coat — our winter style inevitably takes a turn for the dark, cozy, and, we'll admit, lazy. Which begs the question: How exactly can your outfit stand out in a sea of waddling marshmallows? Bundling up is inevitable. Sacrificing style for warmth is, oftentimes, a necessary evil for survival (read: avoiding frostbite). But, the way you accessorize in the snowy season is one way you can let your imagination run free. And, we're not talking snazzy baubles — the classic add-ons you already own can completely revamp your entire outfit just by the way you wear them.
To prove our point, we're showing you six fresh ways to style your go-to accessories. From new pairings for leather gloves to a new place to wear a sleek watch by Nixon, you'll learn how to use these style standbys to seriously uplift your layered looks. Click through to see the new moves that are sure to stun (and start the conversation at your next holiday party).
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Photographed by Mark Lim.
Add depth to an all-white look with different textures.
An all-white ensemble may not be your go-to winter move, but its crisp, snowy simplicity makes it the perfect way to break from an all-black habit when the temps start plummeting. To keep the look from falling flat, use different textures to add dimension to the monochrome palette, like this furry white satchel.

Lie Sang Bong dress; Jil Sander Navy shoes; Tanya Taylor bag.
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Photographed by Mark Lim.
Alternating leather and wool panels in this wintry dress helps break up the monochrome mix even more. But, you can also achieve this look IRL by layering a white leather moto over an ivory knit.
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Photographed by Mark Lim.
Play down an ultra-feminine silhouette with a quirky, chunky beanie.
While beanies and wintry outfits go hand in hand, they're typically reserved for fighting chills during our commutes and adding a cozy-cool vibe to a T-shirt and jeans combo (or, just covering up a bad hair day). But, rarely are they matched with their polar opposite on the fashion spectrum: dainty frocks. This season, try a chunky knit version — like this tall, structured style with a funky cascade of fringe — to add a dose of edge and quirk to a maxi dress.

Lanvin dress; TSE hat; Jil Sander Navy shoes.
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Photographed by Mark Lim.
Whether you prefer the traditional skullcap or a structured beehive style, stick with a muted color like gray to complement, not distract from, the dress.

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Pair long gloves with sleeveless knits.
You've got the perfect in-between-seasons piece (read: epic sleeveless sweaterdress) and want to keep it in your rotation through the winter months, rightfully so. Instead of doing the obvious and layering it over a long-sleeve shirt, try bicep-brisking leather gloves as a luxe, unexpected way to cover up.

Aritzia sweater; Zara pants; Sermoneta gloves.
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Photographed by Mark Lim.
Slip the sweaterdress over calf-skimming culottes — the long layers paired with the up-to-there gloves will create an extra-lean silhouette. And, this arm accessory can also instantly edge up a cocoon-like, three-quarter-sleeve coat that before, never made it past September.

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Wear a choker over your winter coat, not under it.
With all the winter layering and pile-ons going on, it's a given that your coolest jewelry will spend the majority of the season hiding underneath your outerwear, waiting for a toasty room to make an appearance. Instead, make a bejeweled necklace the last thing you put on after you button up that coat — a pastel topper with a flat lapel lays the perfect foundation.

Aritzia coat; Clu top; Pluma necklace.
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Photographed by Mark Lim.
Sticking with the icy-hued theme, pair the pastel coat and blingy choker with white, tailored trousers for a subtly menswear-inspired look.

Josie Natori pants; Coach shoes.
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Strap a watch on top of your sleeve.
How else are you going to know when you're running late? But, really: A gorgeous timepiece is meant to be seen, and positioned over your sleeve is a cool new place for it that makes a unique statement. Keep the watch and sleeve colors similar for a more subtle effect. The matte, dark band of this Nixon watch perfectly complements the black sleeve of the turtleneck.

Edun sweater.
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Photographed by Mark Lim.
Mix solids and pops of pattern within the same color palette for a complementary but not too matchy-matchy look. Here, a sophisticated combo of black, cognac, and white lays a neutral foundation with playful twists: polka-dot booties, a striped skirt peeking out, and the watch-over-sleeve move.

Edun skirt; Manolo Blahnik x Edun shoes.
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Photographed by Mark Lim.
Double up on sweaters and use one as a belt.
If your closet is overflowing with chunky knits that all look pretty much the same, we feel you. But, now you have even more reason to double up on your favorites: You can take two sweaters in the same color, wear one, and tie the other around your waist for a loosely belted, ultra-textured effect. A bit grunge, a bit lazy-girl chic, and 100% cozy, this look is as easy as it gets.

Nili Lotan sweaters.
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You can use the sweater-as-an-accessory trick in other ways, too: Try tying the sleeves around your shoulders like a cape or crossbody-style like a messenger bag for something that looks a bit more avant-garde.


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