By Lauryn Hayes, (@_laurynhayes)
As a southern girl who grew up mostly in the hot Texas climate, winter was pretty non existent for me. Needless to say, my first winter here in New York City has been a bit of a culture shock. Don’t get me wrong, the snow was cute at first but after a couple of days, I realized I was extremely unprepared for what Mother Nature had in store for me.
However, after interviewing a few seasoned veterans of winter weather I feel like I finally have my winter essentials together.
I usually find myself reaching for a black turtleneck to layer underneath cardigans and coats. It is a simplistic classic that serves as a base for many of my winter looks. After grabbing one of my trusty tops I always grab my light wash mom jeans. Comfortable, classic, and forgiving after that tray of Christmas cookies. I find I am always throwing these on for my day to day looks. I like to add a belt if I want to elevate the look or add more shape.
The coat in my opinion is the most important part of a winter look. It is the first thing people see and can add so much flavor to a basic winter essenemble. I usually op for my trusty black Vince Camuto trench coat or my super affordable Forever 21 shearling coat, but before I walk out of the door I always make sure to throw something on my head [heat escapes the fastest; mostly out of your head] and this is really a easy way to spice up your look during the winter months. I love my red leather beret from Forever 21 and my bright red knit beanie is great for keeping your head warm.
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