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Christmas Spirit

New York has always served as one of the quintessential Christmas destinations.  And this year is no different.  The 5th Ave windows, especially those at Saks and Bergdorf's, are full of over the top spectacle.  The streets are bustling and crowded with shoppers.   Every neighborhood and shopping center is drowned in Christmas trees, star lights, and garland.  But one thing seems to be missing this year: December weather.

I'm not asking for snow.  Problematic holiday travel is one Christmas time tradition that I'll gladly skip.  But without the crispness of the air or the need to bundle up, something just seems very nontraditional about it all.  How do we find the Christmas spirit when one of the most essential parts won't be a part of this holiday season at all?

Neutral cold weather accessories, outerwear, and sweaters is how.  It may not be below freezing, but the nights are still chilly enough to throw on some additional layers.  As much as I love black in the winter, navy blue and varying shades of blue can have the same effect as black: sophisticated and slimming.  The windowpane scarf shown here is the only pattern in my look-a classic design that blends in perfectly with the colorblock sweater and dark denim.  Gray accessories (sneakers, gloves) add a sense of completion without making the look too complicated.  Nothing tops it all off like a simple black topcoat.  This is Uptown Bourgeois essential-neutral, simple, slim, classic.

Without cold weather to assist, sometimes a few tweaks to your wardrobe are all you need to find your Christmas spirit.

Photography by SahedPhotography.com

Coat, Jeans, and Sweater: Banana Republic//Sneakers: Gap//Scarf and Gloves: Frank & Oak

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