Hottest Winter Fashions

From New York to L.A., see what trends PEOPLE style director Susan Kaufman calls the must-haves for the season. By Serena Kappes

01 of 10

TREND: VELVET BLAZER

TREND: VELVET BLAZER
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A velvet blazer is "one of the most versatile pieces you can own," says PEOPLE style director Susan Kaufman. "It goes with everything" – from skirts to jeans and gauchos (on Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, Jessica Simpson and Elle MacPherson).

02 of 10

TREND: KNIT CAP

TREND: KNIT CAP
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Want to stay toasty and still look cool? Throw on a knit cap, Kaufman says. Here, Beyoncé (left) goes for whimsy with a fur pom-pom while Keira Knightley puts function first.

03 of 10

TREND: BLACK OPAQUE TIGHTS

TREND: BLACK OPAQUE TIGHTS
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Forget having to freeze for fashion: Black opaque tights are back in vogue, even for evening. For an edgier look, Kaufman says to pair them with short dresses (on Amanda Peet and Mary-Kate Olsen).

04 of 10

TREND: LACE-UP BOOTS

TREND: LACE-UP BOOTS
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Gwyneth Paltrow, Mariah Carey and Sienna Miller bring the focus to their legs with Victorian lace-up boots. Wear them with a full skirt or tucked in jeans.

05 of 10

TREND: TULIP SKIRT

TREND: TULIP SKIRT
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The flared hem of tulip skirts (on Ashanti, Alexis Bledel and Lucy Liu) balances out the hips, creating one of the most wearable silhouettes, Kaufman says. Another plus: They have "the sexiness of a pencil skirt, but you can walk in them."

06 of 10

TREND: CROPPED FUR JACKET

TREND: CROPPED FUR JACKET
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Fur stoles in bright colors? So last year. This season, the cropped fur jacket is a fashionista favorite. "You could picture Lucille Ball wearing one of these," says Kaufman of the '50s-style outerwear (on Nicole Richie, Mary J. Blige and Eva Longoria).

07 of 10

TREND: PLATFORM SHOES

TREND: PLATFORM SHOES
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Platform shoes "are taking over the universe," says Kaufman. "It's good news for small women because they can get the extra height without having to wear four-inch stilettos." Just don't go clunky; instead, opt for sleek, like Ashley Olsen's Christian Louboutin heels (left) or Eva Mendes's and Lindsay Lohan's 1940s-inspired look.

08 of 10

TREND: OVERSIZED CARDIGAN

TREND: OVERSIZED CARDIGAN
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Mariah Carey, Lindsay Lohan and Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland are all wrapping themselves in the cozy sweaters. Belted or button-down, "they're comfortable and easy, like your boyfriend's sweater you pulled from the closet," says Kaufman.

09 of 10

TREND: FUR BAG

TREND: FUR BAG
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Add a touch of luxe to your everyday look with a fur carryall, as toted by Beyoncé, Sharon Stone (with Fendi) and Eva Longoria (sporting Coach). "They're for dressing up the daytime," says Kaufman.

10 of 10

TREND: BELTED COAT

TREND: BELTED COAT
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Coats don't have to be bulky and shapeless; they can actually be sexy. Take a page from Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Jessica Parker and Cameron Diaz's stylebook with a belted coat, and add a waist to your winter wear.

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