When the first cold front hits, our instincts tell us to hide inside, but the shortest days of the year don't have to be the worst. 'Tis the season to indulge in a sturdy warm sweater, a beautiful coat, an easy shoe and pant style, and a statement watch. Plush and unpretentious, these realistic late autumn staples will keep you comfortable and highly prepared should there be an unexpected snow fall.
The Teddy Coat
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The plush teddy jacket (first introduced by Max Mara on the 2013 runways) has become one of the most covetable outerwear pieces. Not only is it reliably cozy and stylish—with its strapping silhouette and ultra soft hand feel—but with so many new iterations, you can now choose a version with the details and price point that best suits you.
The Fair Isle Sweater
The multi-color knit was catapulted to fame by royals who posed in them for portraits and often donned them during their travels. Still as charming as ever, Fair Isles remain a buzzed-about pattern and an essential cold-weather piece.
The Wide Leg Pants
Offered in a variety of shape, length, and fabric options, a well-crafted, wide-leg silhouette can be worn for just about any occasion. Whether you're tall or petite, a wide-leg style—with its high-waist, pin tuck pleats, and varying hem lengths—can flatter your frame.
The Slip-On Sneaker
Let's face it: Laces can be finicky. Minimalist designs are popping up in elevated fabrics like wool, suede, and linen, all of which make the slip-on sneaker a must-have all-season staple.
The Metal Watch
The modern-day watch just might be doing too much—tracking your steps, your texts, the arrival of your firstborn. What if you want a watch that does less in the logistics department, but more in the realm of style? Well, let us introduce you to your new trusty metal timepiece.
Photographer: Kat Irlin | Stylist: Julia Gall | Model: Anastasiia Chuhunkina at Identity| Hair: Riad Azar at The Wallgroup | Makeup: Jodie Boland at The Wallgroup | Photo Assistant: Ros Hayes
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Sara Holzman is the Style Director at Marie Claire, covering runway trends and tracking down the latest finds to buy and wear. When she’s not writing about fashion, she pens about the best places to jet-off to. Over her six years with Marie Claire, Sara has reported on the ever-evolving world of fashion— covering both established and emerging designers within the industry. Sara has held fashion positions at Lucky and SELF Magazine and was a regular contributor to Equinox’s Furthermore website, where she wrote across their style, wellness, and travel verticals. She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and currently resides in Manhattan. Follow her along at @sarajonewyork.
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