FIVE SECOND STYLE

Sunday December 28, 2014

Around this time every year with the holidays winding down and a realistic anticipation for the deep freeze to come in sight, I'm drawn to the same fantasy.

Around this time every year with the holidays winding down and a realistic anticipation for the deep freeze to come in sight, I'm drawn to the same fantasy.

I'm inside a cozy, sexy ski chalet- a larger than life stone fireplace crackles from the bright fire roaring in the great room...I'm roasting a rosemary chicken sipping a velvety glass of spicy red wine...the kind that burns a little going down but warms you inside and out...stuck inside because of the impending blizzard outside- and I'm wearing the most fantastic, long, chunky sweater with slinky knitted leggings and a giant fur hat.

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Even though every email I'm getting right now wants to talk to me about buying spring clothes- to me, January is the true beginning of winter and the start of the most fabulous sweater season full of mixed yarns, oversize shapes and fantastic, dramatic sweaters.

Even though every email I'm getting right now wants to talk to me about buying spring clothes- to me, January is the true beginning of winter and the start of the most fabulous sweater season full of mixed yarns, oversize shapes and fantastic, dramatic sweaters.

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courtesy of Pinterest
courtesy of Pinterest
In the ultimate war of fashion vs. function, often the fantasy of wearing one of these bold, oversize masterpieces quickly fades into 25 extra pounds of reality.

In the ultimate war of fashion vs. function, often the fantasy of wearing one of these bold, oversize masterpieces quickly fades into 25 extra pounds of reality.

So this season, I took the challenge to blend my love of cozy warm and fuzzy mixes with flattering silhouettes.

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courtesy of Pinterest and Style.com
courtesy of Pinterest and Style.com
The result?  Warm handed fabrics (think cashmere, wool and fur) reinvented into longer (and leaner) looks.

The result? Warm handed fabrics (think cashmere, wool and fur) reinvented into longer (and leaner) looks.

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The key to wearing anything that has a lot of texture (read: bulk) is to mix the rest of the look with flat smooth fabrics.

The key to wearing anything that has a lot of texture (read: bulk) is to mix the rest of the look with flat smooth fabrics.

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HOW TO MAKE IT WORK

HOW TO MAKE IT WORK

Start with a formfitting under layer (here, I've done a thin turtleneck and skinny denim). Then in the second layer mix a chunky and a flat texture- like faux fur with a flat cotton trench - to create a long and lean line from head-to-toe.

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THE SWEATER PANT?

THE SWEATER PANT?

The surprise twist on the sweater this season is what I call the new twin set. On a more than few influential runways we saw this exaggerated proportion of long slinky sweater over long slinky sweater leggings. While I will agree this two-piece sweater suit is dramatic, I tried it and in the flattering department you might as well save yourself the few hundred dollars and drape a throw blanket over your body. I'm not saying every look needs to be so tight it breaks the internet, but the clothes that make you look best will be the pieces that really fit you well. So I explored breaking apart this twinset- keeping the cool, new idea of knit pants (that have the look of slim trousers) but instead of worn back to a matching sweater, I tried a long cotton oxford and cropped, fitted leather jacket.

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SHOP WITH ALIA (LINKS BELOW ON NEXT SLIDE) 1. ZARA CASHMERE LONG SWEATER, $130 2. J CREW STRIPED TURTLENECK, $45 3. CALVIN KLEIN TRENCH, $99 4. H&M FAUX FUR LONG VEST, $35 5. ZARA KNIT PANTS, $59

SHOP WITH ALIA (LINKS BELOW ON NEXT SLIDE) 1. ZARA CASHMERE LONG SWEATER, $130 2. J CREW STRIPED TURTLENECK, $45 3. CALVIN KLEIN TRENCH, $99 4. H&M FAUX FUR LONG VEST, $35 5. ZARA KNIT PANTS, $59

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