You don't have to look, or feel, like the adbominal snowman to beat the chill this winter. “Today” contributor Bobbie Thomas, style expert and co-host of “Fashion Police,” shares some style secrets for keeping warm.
Layer, layer, layer!
You’ve heard it time and time again, but when the mercury drops, layering is essential! It helps trap body heat in while keeping cold and wind out. Take a cue from snow bunnies! Hot Chillys have been a staple for skiers and snowboarders for more than a decade, but these functional, ultra-thin thermals are great for everyday wear too. They’re like a second skin underneath sweaters and tees. $18-40; www.hotchillys.com
Add a bit of playful fun with Primp’s collection of printed thermals! These aren’t your standard oatmeal-colored long johns, and trendsetters like “The OC’s” Rachel Bilson are flipping for them. From camouflage print to horses and hearts, these thermals even have a little bling with crystal detailing. Sport them as outerwear with shearling boots and a long knit sweater coat, or under dresses and skirts for a fashion forward look. $65; www.shopintuition.com
Girdle up ladies! Spanx is the secret behind countless sexy figures — Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Anniston and Oprah Winfrey to name a few — but these super shapers are excellent for adding a layer of warmth as well. Their basic assortment of undergarments, or their brand new ‘Bod-A-Bing’ collection, will not only keep your tush warm but looking fantastic! Plus and maternity sizes are also available. $48–78; www.spanx.com
Indulge in lush, plush fabrics
Frosty weather ushers in a style storm of rich and luxurious layers. Knits, cashmere, corduroy and velvets work double duty to keep you smoking hot.
With Lotta’s chunky ‘boyfriend sweaters’ that cuddle you in 100% wool, who needs a guy? The thick and cozy cardigan cable knits and oversized shrugs embrace stars like Cindy Crawford. ($220-279; 323-852-0520) Lily McNeal’s cashmere cowlneck tube tank top combines an ultra-plush knit with a sizzling surprise — a sexy, open back that can either be covered with a jacket or worn alone once indoors. ($228; www.swayandcake.com) And hip hip hooray! “The Desperate Housewives” know corduroy pants are no longer boxy and shapeless, thanks to Frankie B’s famous figure-flattering cuts. ($185.00, www.planetfunk.com) Last but not least, velvet jeans are also in our good graces with slimming seamlines from one of Jennifer Garner’s favorites, True Religion. ($275; Henri Bendels: 212-247-1100)
Wrap yourself in function!
Since 1966, quilted parkas from The North Face have been a time-honored classic. The new Triple C jacket, not only covers you from head to toe, but features a tapered waist for a feminine silhouette and hidden inner pockets for your iPod or cell phone! $299; www.thenorthface.com
Andrew Marc’s chic cropped puffers are popular with fashionistas not only for their satin metallic sheens, but the down-filled bombers also offer detachable sleeve and hood options for multi-season wear. Some of the men’s styles even have an interactive lining that regulates to your body temperature, complete with an inner thermometer! $425-595; AndrewMarc.com
Be kind to animals — faux shearling has never looked better! Soft to the touch, today’s synthetics can fool the naked eye and save you money. Get the look, and feel, of old Hollywood glamour with an array of modern styles at affordable price points from designers such as Benneton and Esprit. Esprit ‘Antik’ faux shearling, $239; Nordstrom.com
You may have to cover up, but you can still accent your outerwear. Look for pieces with a pop of color and personality.
Kaia’s Mini Scarflet snuggles the neck in a chic, short style clasped with a crystal brooch that will definitely turn heads while guarding against frigid weather. ($65-68, www.virginthreads.com) While Hollywood’s favorite must-have cyber hotspot shopIntuition.com delivers Chain Mail, a line of fun and funky large knit-link necklace scarves. As well as a great two-in-one product, the Open Knit Earflap scarf/hat combo. ($40-130; www.shopintuition.com)
Candy colored gloves, quilted or brass studded, can add a splash of happiness to your hands. Lined with either knit, angora, or cashmere, you’ll want to eat them, they are so delicious! ($78; Bloomingdales.com) And Grabber’s Heat Treats will provide an extra burst of warmth! ($.80 to $3.00; www.handwarmers.com)
Shearling is known for its warming qualities but you don’t need the real thing to keep your toes toasty. And while it still may be warm and sunny in L.A., stars like Jessica Simpson and Gwen Stefani couldn’t wait to step out in FarlyRobin’s Coco wedge boots lined with faux fur. $198; www.farylrobin.com
And oh yes, sweater boots! They are cute, they are comfortable, they are in style and you will love them. Just ask style icon Sienna Miller, who sports the snuggly kicks from London to Hollywood. $65; www.delias.com