Keep warm and stay fashionable this season!

By Ashley Polan

It may be cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you need to give up your style to stay warm this season. With plenty of trendy stops throughout Reno/Tahoe, you’ll be sure to enjoy shopping in this winter wonderland!

Take it to the floor

You don’t have to risk style to stay warm! Roll out the LONG winter coats this season. Whatever style of coat you prefer – trench, fur, puffer … rock them knee-to-floor length! How low can you go? With this trend, the longer the better! I mean, your coat doesn’t have to be dragging on the ground collecting dirt, but it can get pretty close. The jackets pictured here are from the cutest boutiques in the South Lake Tahoe Village Center. Savvy Boutique carries some great trench coats. And the long black fuzzy jacket is from Malena Boutique. Another one of my favorite affordable spots to grab a nice coat is Old Navy at the Outlets at Legends in Sparks. They have a knee-length army green puffer I’ve been eyeing! villagecentertahoe.com; savvylaketahoe.com; malenaboutique.com; outletsatlegends.com

Ashley Polan (Jeramie Lu)
Ashley Polan (Jeramie Lu)

I like big knits and I cannot lie

Give me all the big knits this winter. I personally love to find ways to push this trend to the next level. The thicker, the bigger the knit, the better. This style looks amazing on its own with a pair of your favorite denim, booties and hat, or layer under your extra-long trench coat. I found my favorite rust-colored knit sweater from Malena Boutique in South Lake and other great spots to shop for that winter cable, including The Biggest Little Fashion Truck, a mobile boutique serving the Reno area, Nomad Boutique located in midtown and Truckee, and Sittie and Sage Boutique in midtown. blftreno.com; nomadboutique.com; sittieandsage.com

Ashley Polan (Jeramie Lu)
Ashley Polan (Jeramie Lu)

Not your run-of-the-mill superman cape

Capes will instantly make your outfit more chic. With many different styles, you’re sure to find a cape you’ll love to wear all season long. This look is best layered over a fitted long sleeve shirt and over-the-knee boots, like I’ve done here with the fur-collared cape from Sidestreet Boutique in Lake Tahoe. Don’t be afraid to add a hat to this style either! It might just be me, but if I need to level up my outfit a hat always seems to do the trick. sidestreetboutique.com

Cool-girl edge in combat boots

Combat boots are still trending! Some seem to steer away from this style because they feel combat boots can look a bit hardcore … but that couldn’t be further from the truth. This trendy style looks amazing with a flirty dress, shaggy fur coat, and other more feminine looks. Mix and match a feminine outfit with the toughened-up look of combat boots for that edge you’ve always wanted. You can find a great selection of combat boots at Savvy Boutique in South Lake Tahoe and Famous Footwear in the Outlets at Legends.

Ashley Polan (Jeramie Lu)
Ashley Polan (Jeramie Lu)

Harmless furs

Fur boots, coats, handbags, hats, fur collared tops — if it makes you want to pet it, wear it! Make a statement with a calf-length fur coat and combat boots, or pair your knit sweater with fur-cuffed boots and a furry handbag. I’m sure you’re already picturing ways you’d like to incorporate fur into your outfit throughout the chilly season! Check out Buckle or Dillard’s at The Summit located in South Reno. thesummitreno.com

Ashley Polan (Jeramie Lu)
Ashley Polan (Jeramie Lu)

Top it off with a hat

Are beanies or hats ever not a trending accessory during the winter? I think not! Whenever I need to elevate my outfit, I reach for a hat. This season I’ll be rocking thick knit beanies, floppy hats and felt fedoras. Yes, floppy hats are making a comeback and I absolutely adore the black one I found at Savvy Boutique. Not ready to wear a floppy hat? Don’t worry, your felt fedora is still trending! If you’re looking to add this fashion staple to your winter wardrobe, Sierra Belle in midtown is a great spot. Visit Tahoe Nevada Love or Tahoe Heartbeart for a beanie showcasing your love for Reno/Tahoe. shopsierrabelle.com, nomadboutique.com; tahoenevadalove.com; tahoeheartbeat.com

The most important trend is what you feel good in! If you’re like me and enjoy pushing your comfort zone when it comes to fashion or simply want to wear what you’re comfortable in, you will find something that fits your winter style in the Sierra.

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