The Freeze,

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Regardless of the fact that shops are beginning to fill their windows with attire that hearkens the days of endless sunshine and bare arms and the international runways of high fashion are already showing what you’re going to be wearing in June 2011, it’s now, it’s winter, and it’s still really, really cold out there. You’re likely sick of most every parka and scarf in your closet at this point, but that doesn’t change the fact that you’re going to have to bundle up if you want to survive the freeze; and, as your style and lifestyle experts here at BALLnROLL.com, we consider it our duty to keep your looking and feeling your freshest and best until summer in all of its glory finally arrives. To make the most of what you have, as well as what you can add to your existing wardrobe to make it all the more fashionable and winter-friendly, tune in.

First thing first, you’re going to want to trade that functional yet unsightly padded parka of yours for blazers and topcoats. Tweed, velvet and corduroy are in neutrals like charcoal, navy and brown are materials to look out for when scouring your closet – or, if it doesn’t already contain such things, keep in mind that all those stores shilling summer wear in the last of these frosty months have put the things you need to stay warm and stylish on that magic word: sale. The trick here is to buy your blazers or overcoats slightly large – no more than one size up, mind you, we don’t want you drowning in your clothes! – so that you can layer plenty of warm, fuzzy things underneath.

Next on the docket is accessories. Scarves, hats and gloves in luxurious materials are essential to complete this dapper, wintery look, and can be found anywhere from The Gap’s cashmere-wool blends to the real deal in buttery leathers at Hermes. Matching your hat to your gloves can come off a little fussy and feminine, so put yourself together with colors and textiles that complement one another, but don’t look as though you bought them all in the same place. Adding some color to your look here is key as well, so don’t be afraid to experiment with your favorite bright shades around your neck and on your hands!

Finally, your feet. It’s inevitable that footwear in sensitive fabrics like canvas, leather and the like are going to get ruined by the barrage of salt, slush and whatever else winter has planted on the street, so here’s where we have to get a bit creative to stay stylish while remaining practical, too. Thankfully for all of us, Bed Stu, Timberland and Artful Dodger have some beautiful and durable offerings by way of classic work boots that will keep your footsies warm and dry without breaking the bank; Bed Stu, for example, is a label inspired by the very area of NYC where many of your favorite players, music moguls and film directors alike came up through the ranks, so you certainly won’t be sacrificing style for function in boots like these.

Winter is tough, no doubt about it, but there’s still no reason you need to walk around looking like the Michelin Man. Follow these tips, and you’ll have no problem at all staying warm and cool all at once.

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