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November 8, 2013

Union Square's Winter Style Essentials

**Guest Post by local fashion blogger Sarah Lee aka Sanfranista

Even though summer feels barely behind us, there's an undeniable chill in the air that tells us to put away our sun dresses and start dusting off our boots and sweaters. With gift shopping and holiday parties on the horizon, November is the perfect time to revamp your winter wardrobe. Although staples like your favorite boots and trusty scarf work well year after year, it's important to update your winter wear to keep your look fresh and contemporary. As you treat your family and friends to gifts this holiday season, treat yourself with these nine essential style picks for winter.

Instead of reaching for the same old cocktail dress to hit the party circuit, try a silk jumpsuit from Theory for a fun update.  The clean lines and rich fabric give the jumpsuit enough polish to stand up to a formal event, but the unexpected cut keeps the piece fresh and contemporary. Pair it with classic heels and this Joe's Jeans envelope clutch for night, or try it with Cole Haan ankle booties and a slouchy blazer for day. For another party-ready piece, wear the brand-new Banana Republic sequin mini with a silky blouse and armful of bangles. To make the skirt office-ready, pair it with a tailored blazer, scoop-necked blouse, and opaque tights.

Skinny jeans are definitely here to stay, and you can update your look for winter by swapping out traditional denim for this leather pant by Theory. The buttery-soft leather adds a unique textural element to any outfit, and the slightly cropped length goes perfectly with stilettos or tucked into tall boots. Wear it with a long blazer and tie-neck blouse for work, or try the pant with a plaid shirt layered under this soft Maison Scotch sweater for weekend shopping.

Since no outfit is complete without accessories, reach for the Coach tote bag to add a pop of welcome color to your winter look. The rich sherry leather is eye-catching while still remaining a neutral, and the structured shape adds polish to winter layers. Gap's fingerless gloves keep you toasty without adding bulk, while the Banana Republic statement necklace adds just the right amount of glamour to any outfit. Try the necklace with your favorite office-appropriate dress to spice up your workwear, or wear it with a soft, casual sweater for an unexpected pairing.

With these nine winter picks in your wardrobe, you'll move effortlessly from work to holiday events and back again. For more information about where to find these pieces and others, stop by the Union Square website. Happy (early) Holidays!

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About the author:

Sarah Lee is a pixie-haired San Francisco native in love with polka dots, green juice, and anything involving French Bulldogs. Sarah runs the life/style blog Sanfranista, where she covers notable Bay Area events, fashion trends, and her own personal style. Write to Sarah at sarah@sanfranista.me or follow her on Twitter @sarahinsanfran.