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Keep warm and looking chic with these tips (and a drink!)

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It doesn’t look like the weather is going to get warmer any time soon does it? With temperatures dropping below freezing all across the land, you may think you have to give up looking good for the functionality of staying warm when outdoors. Not true! You can look super chic and still stay warm. All you need is the right outfit and the right coat.

We all know that lots of layers is the key to staying warm but that doesn't mean throwing on just anything. Pair a long sleeve henley with a flannel shirt over distressed jeans that have leggings underneath and pair with knee high boots. Talk about staying warm! Top it off with an edgy yet warm coat like the Lutsen Down Jacket by Oakley ($230, Oakley).

Speaking of layering, layer your coats/jackets to stay warm. The key to pulling this off is to stay monochromatic. Think pairing up a short quilted jacket like the Guess Berline Faux Leather Quilted Jacket ($56.69, Lord & Taylor) or a faux fur vest ($20, H&M) underneath a longer quilted coat. Not only will you keep the heat inside but you'll look polished and not messy.

Look stylish in a pair of fleeced lined pants like Thermalete Pant from Title Nine ($89, Title Nine). They're lined with brushed poly fleece inside and regulate your temperature. Yes, technically they're work out pants but sometimes if something looks good enough you can break the rules. Pair up with a chambray shirt and top it off with a brightly colored cargo jacket.

Pair up your skinny jeans with knee high boots that will keep you warm no matter how long you're outdoors like Sorel Joan of Arctic Snow Boots ($150, Sorel) that are completely waterproof. Add a fur trapper cap and a hooded toggle coat and you won't even notice the arctic winds.

Work your outfit around a snood. Not sure what a snood is? A snood is nothing more than a tubular neck scarf/infinity scarf ($33.33, ASOS for the River Island Borg Flat Faux Fur Snood)but it can also be worn around your head. By working your textiles (all knit wear) and color palette (grays mixed in with blues for example) you have a pulled together look that is super hot.

That go to boring gray sweater that you throw on to stay warm indoors? Who says you can't wear it outdoors? Perk it up by pairing it with a striped oxford shirt underneath, boots and liquid leggings ($15, Charlotte Russe) and you've got a chic look that you know is warm.

Don't forget color! Just because your coat maybe a neutral color like black or brown doesn't mean that your accessories should match. Instead, don on a brightly colored scarf or a bright hat and gloves like a bright orange cable knit beanie, scarf and gloves from Chem Joy ($49.69, Chem Joy).

A long double breasted coat doesn't have to look stuffy. Pair it over a turtleneck and equestrian boots for a super chic sub zero look. For a not so military looking double breasted coat check out the Tahari double breasted wool blended faux leather coat ($199.99, Macy's).

If you're not brave enough to go outdoors and face the weather head on, stay indoors and enjoy this hot toddy from Basil Hayden.

Basil Hayden’s® Hot Toddy
Created by Luca Zanirato, Miami
Ingredients:
2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
¼ part Honey
1-2 Star Anise
2 parts Hot Water
Orange Zest
Lemon Zest
3 Cinnamon Sticks
Method:
1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
2. Shake and strain into a hot toddy glass and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Who knows? After a few of these you might just decide that you can face the weather and rock a super cool chic look at the same time!

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