A (Chic) Winter Wonderland

Okay, so not quite a winter wonderland... Considering New York hasn't seen snow at all. That hail last week didn't count.

If you've been following me for quite some time (thank you if you have!) you'll remember my post from quite some time ago, almost three years ago to be exact, about accessorizing in the winter.  If you haven't seen the post, now's your time or here's the TL;DR version:

How are you supposed to look chic and stylish (and why waste the time) when you have a down jacket over everything?! What do you wear in the winter when it's below 32 degrees out?! And the answer to that is accessorize. Learn to love beanies, scarves, hats, whatever you can make your own!

My friends over at Spring have some amazing accessories that can really help you make an otherwise 'blah' winter outfit stand out. Here are some of my favorite accessories to help recreate my look from my Winter Military Chic blog post:

risa xu y3 beanie
risa xu y3 rogue military boots

image via Spring

image via Spring

Sunglasses are my favorite accessory - just ask my poor fiancé who has to deal with telling me every single time that I don't need another pair of the same glasses, just in a different color. And while I love my classic aviators from Chanel, I can't help but feel a little weak in the knees for something like these Marc Jacobs.

Aviator glasses in general are my weakness and this pink just makes them all the more special! If I had to pick my favorite accessory that I would never get bored of during the winter, it would have to sunglasses! And who cares if there's no sun? You can still rock your favorite sunnies. Here are some more of my favorites:

 
image via Spring

image via Spring

Another favorite accessory of mine during the winter is beanies! While some may think of hat hair and boring colors when they think of beanies, I see them in a different way. They're a relatively inexpensive way to make your down-jacket-winter-boots outfit a little bit more fun. I love beanies with text, like this Bow & Drape Confetti Beanie to the left, which tells anyone that looks at you how you're feeling without you needing to say a single word. 

Some brands that make awesome beanies year after year that I love are Y-3 by Yohji Yamamoto and Free City. Don't be afraid to shop in the Men's department for winter accessories! I've found that they have the best scarves and beanies, especially if you're looking for something a little less flashy or a color that goes with everything.

 
image via Spring

image via Spring

And the final piece to complete a winter chic look are shoes! While we may want to default to our UGGS and LL Bean boots, I always love a great shoe in the winter. While in the summer, we all love to bring out our sandals and heels, the winter is a perfect time to wear some cool sneakers or a statement boot.

One of my favorite styles of boot during the winter is the combat boot. I love over the knee boots and my Louboutin Cate boots but when it's gross out and the snow has started to melt into a gross sludge, I'd rather leave those babies at home. I've found that with a great combat boot, it's okay if it gets a little beat up, a little more rugged looking. Your feelings won't get as hurt when they get scuffed up versus your knew Lowland Stuart Weitzman boots. These G-Star Raw boots are gorgeous and even have a rubber sole, so you won't worry as much about slipping and sliding on the sidewalk.

Some more of my favorite styles to rock this winter: 

 

Even though it hasn't been too cold here in New York so far, I have a feeling Mother Nature won't let us get away with the nice weather for too long. I'll stick to my routine of dressing down what's inside my down jacket and accessorizing the outside. If it's not broken, why fix it, right?

Risa Xufashion, whattowear