Though we may be jumping the gun a bit, your Who What Wear editors believe it's never too early to start preparing for the next season. Yes, spring may be a few months away, but it's safe to say we've already begun our search for top-notch transitional outfits that look forward to spring while still mixing in those great fall essentials. Happily, for this month's Style Stalker, we found six supremely stylish civilians who know how to do just that! Whether they're giving '70s accents a modern twist, demonstrating how furry footwear and a chunky sweater make a prime winter combo, or creating a chic look with boxy proportions, just think of today's story as your guide to staying warm and looking cool!
Furry booties and a thick-knit cardi make a cozy outfit.
'Tis the season to bundle up in wintery wardrobe staples, so of course we were thrilled when we saw Aurelia, 27, from Paris, and her oh-so cozy combo. We love how she mixed not one, but two fall favorites into her comfy look with a white chunky cardigan and tan shearling booties. Additionally, we appreciate how she incorporated a couple of vibrant accents into her ensemble via a bright printed scarf and chic blue bag. To recreate Aurelia's toasty picks, start with a thick-knit sweater, like Topshop's Knitted Aran Cardigan ($100) or BDG's Fisherman Cardigan ($68); both are timeless and inexpensive options that will keep you toasty all winter long. Then, pair either of these picks with Charlotte Russe's Lace-Up Shearling Booties ($40) and your favorite cuffed skinnies for a cute and cozy look.
Flared jeans + '70s accents look fresh with a crisp jacket.
Your Who What Wear editors are huge fans of spring's '70s revival, so it's no wonder we adore the outfit Shannon, 26, from Minneapolis, put together. While the combination of her super flared jeans, vintage-inspired top, and knit turban have a decidedly retro vibe, the addition of a chic blazer makes the whole ensemble modern. Want to snag a similar look? Try FP's Sailor Relaxed Flare Jeans ($98) and accessorize with either ASOS' Bow Head Band Turban ($17) or Topshop's Pearl-Embellished Turban ($32) for a delightfully '70s-inspired pairing. Just don't forget to pick up a crisp blazer like Silence & Noise Boyfriend Blazer ($49), for a true Shannon-like finish.
Utility accents pair perfectly with a long neutral dress.
Though the military trend has been important in the fashion world for ages, new interpretations are always welcomed! As such, we were delighted to see that Margaret, 24, from Dallas, toughened up her minimalist ombre slip dress with some stellar of-the-moment utility pieces: an olive green parka and lace-up ankle boots. To emulate Margaret's tough-meets-chic pairing, start with a bohemian-inspired frock, like Free People's Move West Maxi Dress ($88), and layer on a utilitarian jacket; Threads for Thought's Slub Military Zip-Up Jacket ($68) and Delia's Shauna Military Jacket ($70) are two of our favorites. Last, but certainly not least, try Jeffrey Campbell's Lita Shoes ($175), as they are a spot-alternative to Margaret's footwear selection.
Cropped black pants show off cool lace-ups perfectly.
Lace-up boots have long been the fashion's elite's favorite footwear, but we're particularly fond of how Ivelina, 27, from Bulgaria, chose to spotlight them with her directional daytime outfit. We love that her pants hit just above the ankle, so you're instantly drawn to her amazing gray and white ankle booties, and that she kept the rest of her look refined and chic with a crisp white blazer and taupe button-up blouse. To really master this Ivelina-inspired look, we suggest starting with a great pair of lace-up shoes; after all, they are the focal point of your ensemble! Topshop's Africa Casual Lace Up Boots ($170) and Not Rated's Side Saddle Boots ($59) are both obsession-worthy picks you should check out. Now to ensure you show off your cool kicks in style, be sure to snag ankle-grazing trousers, like Gap's Slim Crop Pants ($50) or PureDKNY's Zen Stretch Ankle Pants ($195). No matter which pair you pick, you'll be well on your way to a polished ensemble à la Ivelina.
A print skirt + textured layers look chic together.
When we ran across the ensemble Aimee, 23, from San Francisco, put together, it was love at first sight. We are completely smitten with the delicate draping and femininity of her red printed skirt, but it was her well-calculated decision to add a bit of textural intrigue via a long white knit cardigan and furry scarf that took this outfit to a whole other level of chic! To create a worthy alternative, start with an excellent foundation piece: we like FP1's Desert Floral Maxi Skirt ($98) and promise this genteel pick will make an equally stunning impact. To further accentuate your look in an Aimee-emulating way, pair it with 3.1 Phillip Lim's Basketweave Knit Cardigan ($495) and Deena & Ozzy's Faux Fur Eternity Scarf ($34) for a truly captivating finish.
Boxy, neutral blazers look sharp with skinny pants
Though there are many ways to style slim pants, if your goal is to create a sharp and polished look, proportion is everything--especially when it comes to your choice of outerwear. Fortunately, Dylana, 23, from Los Angeles, shows us just how to do it with her smartly styled outfit. We appreciate how she kept the silhouette of her ensemble sleek and simple with a boxy tan blazer and black skinny pants. Fortunately, Dylana's smart look is easy to reiterate since there are only two key pieces involved. We suggest picking up All Saints' Indra Mini Mac Jacket ($280) and pairing it with Forever 21's Tonal Stitched Skinny Leg Pants ($20) for a stylish combo you can take from the office to the weekend with out missing a beat.--Jessica Baker