Chic Winter Style + I Am A Math Genius

Bettys, I've had an ah-hah moment. Twice recently I set out to do a bit of shopping & fill in some gaps in my winter wardrobe. Both times I came home with almost entirely black, white & cream. After a summer of being in love with color, I wasn't sure what was wrong with me. Then it hit me:

When bundled up in chunky winter layers, a time when it's easy to look schleppy, a black & white palette helps me feel chic.

It starts with a Stylish Math Equation:

1. What shoes must you wear in the snow, when you walk 3 blocks to get to the subway? Boots.

2. What pants go into boots? Skinny jeans.

3. What do you wear to balance out the tightness of skinny jeans & keep you warm? Large fluffy sweaters.

4. How do you wear large fluffy sweaters without looking like a member of The BabySitters Club? But keeping it black & white Chanel chic, or whites & cream Winter Wonderland.

5. Shout from the rooftops, "I AM A MATH GENIUS! TAKE THAT SENIOR CALCULOUS CLASS I DROPPED OUT OF BECAUSE IT WAS RUINGING MY STRAIGHT-A GPA!"

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These aren't hard & fast rules. I do wear color in the winter & hope you do to. But when you put on something in the dressing room & feel too much like a sister on Full House, see if a more refined color palette might be the answer.

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Also, I would like you all to know that these are Chanel shoes, that I was given for free. Years ago I choreographed a summer program for the Salvation Army. I stumbled upon an impressive collection of shoes in the wardrobe closet & the Major said, "Oh, I think those might have been donated by a transvestite. They're quite flashy & all size 11. But if you find anything you're welcome to take it." And there ... amidst the tranny heels ... was a pair of size 7.5 Chanel. Proof that God exists, no? {insert wink}

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Shop This Style: { Black + White Polka Dot Blouse : Urban Outfitters : Similar l White + Gold Sweater : Forever 21 : Similar l Black Cigarette Pants : Loft : Similar l Black + White Stripe Clutch : c/o Angela Kay l Gold Link Necklace : c/o Darya Links l White Bow Ring : Similar l Zebra Bracelet : Urban Outfitters : Similar | Black & White Chanel Heels : Thrifed : Similar } 

Photography by the awesome Bradley Siefert. If you're in Chicago in particular, check this gent out!

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P.S. Now it's your turn to spill: What's your winter uniform? Do you have tricks or a go-to style to keep you feeling classy as the snow starts to fall? Dish in the comments below.

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