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Ask BB: New Year's Eve Party Looks for Cold Climes

Do you have any suggestions for NYE outfits for the girls in the frigid Midwest??? —Tweet from @M_Schraiber

I grew up in Chicago and now call Connecticut home, so I know cold! I'm all about layers, boots, cashmere and a few shiny things (sequins, bling, nail polish or makeup) to dress up a look. Here are 11 stylish ways to help you winterize your New Year's Eve party look so you can look hot without freezing.

{Shown above: Celebs stay stylish even when the temperatures drop.}

1. Don a sweaterdress: The easiest way to dress up and stay warm in frigid temps is to slip on a cozy sweaterdress. Spice it up with tights, tall boots and some fun jewelry.

Victoria's Secret at ShopStyle

2. Try tall boots: Few items are as sexy as tall, high-heeled boots. Score extra points for over-the-knee styles and boots adorned with faux fur. Wear them with skinny jeans, skirts or cocktail dresses.

Express at ShopStyle

3. Reach for a statement-making coat: If you have to bundle up, you might as well look good doing it. This retro femme coat will make you feel fabulous no matter what the thermostat says.


4. Layer your look with a white tuxedo blazer: One of this season's hottest trends has been the white tuxedo blazer. Layer it over a dress or pair it with black pants for a chic menswear inspired look.

Victoria's Secret at ShopStyle

5. Pull out your pleather pants: Faux leather pants are notoriously hot, as in, they make your legs sweat. Use this to your advantage to stay warm and look cool.

Sparkle & Fade at ShopStyle

6. Shine in a sequin sweater: Shimmering sequins make anything look more festive. This particular sequin pullover by Free People is a little pricey but I love how they've styled it with a rose chiffon dress/skirt. Try a sequin striped sweatshirt or sequin cardigan over a LBD for a cozy and cute party look.

Free People at ShopStyle

7. Feel fuzzy in faux fur: Another popular item this season is faux fur, whether it's a shaggy vest or cropped jacket. A little faux fur adds a fun, luxe feel to your outfit, not to mention another layer of warmth.


8. Slip on some funky tights: The thought of going bare-legged in cold weather gives me goose bumps. If you're wearing a dress, make sure you wear tights - sweater tights are warmest but even something like these whimsical polka-dots will keep you warmer.

Madewell at ShopStyle

9. Go for a glam jacket: A sequin jacket will definitely turn heads no matter what else you're wearing, whether it's a simple t-shirt and jeans or a white blouse and skirt. Brocade or lace are other good options for a festive holiday look.

Topshop at ShopStyle

10. Energize your look with a bright blazer: A jolt of neon blue, hot pink or other bright color will bring any outfit to life if you don't feel like freezing in a skimpy cocktail dress.

Forever 21 at ShopStyle

11. Keep it classic with a black blazer: Your faithful black blazer will keep your look polished and prevent hypothermia. It's also nice to have a tuxedo blazer on hand for special occasion, something with a satin or leather lapel feels extra posh.

Forever 21 at ShopStyle

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post!!! :-D
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#1.1 snowbootonly (Homepage) on 2012-01-05 21:40 (Reply)
Love Blake's look as well as the sequins.
#2 Nicole @ Giraffelegs (Homepage) on 2011-12-29 10:50 (Reply)
Thank you for thinking of us that are freezing our butts off during the winter. Any tips for winter work wear?
#3 Lauren L. (Homepage) on 2011-12-29 12:13 (Reply)
I second this request for winter work wear!
#3.1 Stacy on 2011-12-29 21:54 (Reply)
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