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Keep warm while looking cool (courtesy of J Crew)

Keep warm while looking cool (courtesy of J Crew)

When the temperatures dip down (way down), we have a few fashion-forward ways to warm things up. Try adding a little color to your wardrobe with these creative accent pieces.

Yellow: Not just for summer anymore (courtesy of H&M)

Yellow: Not just for summer anymore (courtesy of H&M)

Go old school with the Wallace & Barnes Cable Cardigan ($225) from J Crew. Inspired by arctic explorer Ernest Shackleton (doesn’t get any more vintage than that), it’s made from Shetland wool and accented with suede elbow patches and Corozo buttons. The military cut won’t bunch up and make you look like the Pillsbury Dough Boy when you really want to exude lean and mean.

Brighten up the darkest, doggiest days with some lemon yellow pants ($29.95) from H&M. These slim-cut, five-pocket twill trousers feature a button fly and all the pizazz one needs to lighten up this winter, even if you may be wrapped up in more layers than your favorite bean dip.

Your feet will look pretty in pink (courtesy of Cole Haan)

Your feet will look pretty in pink (courtesy of Cole Haan)

Put a spring in your step with Cole Haan’s Lunargrand Penny ($248). The grey loafer (with stunning pink sole) has all the makings of a traditional slip-on, but with enough character to set you apart from the usual parade of suits this season. Try dressing these conversation pieces down with jeans and a blazer for brunch.

Go bow yourself (courtesy of Duke & Winston)

Go bow yourself (courtesy of Duke & Winston)

Tie one on with a signature bowtie from Philly’s own Duke & Winston ($42). This traditional bowtie features the designer’s classic bulldog logo (named for his beloved pooch) and is hand-stitched in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish Country. This jaunty accessory is perfect for that

For the ultimate bag hag (courtesy of Banana Republic)

For the ultimate bag hag (courtesy of Banana Republic)

business dinner or cocktail party where you’re dressing to impress.

Blue is the new black. Carry all of your essentials (not to mention a few unmentionables) in a sleek new messenger bag from Banana Republic ($125). The carry-all features three interior pockets to fit electronics, books and other can’t-live-without goodies while still keeping organized and looking stylish in the New Year and beyond.

Have a Valentine’s Day wish list for gifts and fashion around town? Share your must-haves with us for a special guide this February: ThePhillyQ@yahoo.com.

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