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How to Slay Your Winter Wardrobe Maroon is the New Red

A few weeks ago, I attended an engagement. Although it was snowing like crazy, it didn’t stop me from going all out. I wanted colors that were fitting for the weather and an outfit that would keep me warm. Last year, I made the investment in a couple of different knit, long-sleeved dresses. This style dress is a lifesaver for any fashionista choosing to venture out into fancy, evening events in the cold. Not only are the knit dresses ankle-length, they’re thicker than any body-con dress or skirt so they provide the warmth I am looking for.

I paired this dress with ankle boots. The ones I chose were short, leather, and a bit bulky, so if I decide to wear this outfit again, I will likely wear some sock booties or even longer boots that hug the leg. I like when the boot hugs the leg when I’m wearing this type of outfit because they don’t bulge out from under the dress or look awkward.

To give the outfit a little pop, I added a gold watch as well as some gold rings and midi rings. For my hijab, I chose a beige scarf that I scored at Forever 21. I love how mainstream stores have scarves that are absolutely perfect as hijabs. This hijab is one of my favorites; the color matches with just about everything and is also long enough to double up if you want your scarf to be thicker and have more coverage. Another plus side to the length is that it meets my personal preference for my hijab to flow by my shoulders. It gave the outfit a dressier look.

For an added final touch, I topped off the look with a black duster. It’s from one of my favorite hijab stores: Verona Collection. They have the most perfect dusters that are long and flow elegantly. Every girl needs this in her closet as it is an easy cover up for any outfit; the arms fit nicely and not so loose that it feels like your hand is going to come out of the sleeve. That was the final look for the indoor part of the evening but when leaving my house, I added a long black coat that was much warmer than the duster and very much needed for the snowy, cold weather. The coat was a bit shorter than the duster, but was still below the knee. Long coats can dress up about any look you have.

My tip for wearing knit dresses, especially if you live in a colder area: wear some leggings underneath for added warmth or even pantyhose. Not only is it warmer, but it also gives you a put together look with no lines showing under your dress.

I went very simple with the jewelry but you can easily take this look up a notch with a gold or rose gold statement necklace. I didn’t want to wear a necklace for this event as I was feeling the mock neck style of the dress — not so much of a turtle neck yet came about an inch up my neck. These mock necks have become a favorite of mine this winter. I love the way they hug your neck and upper body, making your shirts look so good. And they tend to fit better than a regular necked shirt, in my opinion.

Here are some knit dress options to add to your winter wardrobe:

Turtleneck Slit Maxi Sweater Dress (Rosegal)

Ribbed Dress with Flair Cuffs (ZARA)

And don’t forget to shop the Verona Collection!

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