WING IT: In case you'd never realized exactly how much you needed footwear reminiscent of butterflies, check out the Kiss and Tell booties ($99) by Poetic License. The suede should keep you toasty enough despite the peeptoe. Peer 'em with leggings and a full skirt for a decade-defying look. Available at Shoefly (1520 U St. N.W.; 2727 Wilson Blvd., Arlington and 4731 Elm St., Bethesda).
STRIPE RIGHT: Keep 'em toasty -- but still functional -- courtesy of Hikaru Noguchi's fingerless gloves ($75), available in pink and gray, or black and charcoal from Hu's Wear (2906 M St. N.W.). The extra-long wrists can either be bunched up or worn long with a short-sleeved tee. Yeah, the weather might not be cooperating, but be honest: This was never about just staying warm, was it?
IN THE BLACK: The good people at Periwinkle (1557 Potomac Greens Drive, Alexandria) are talking Great Gifts Under $200 on the store blog, and we're digging their 213 Industry dress ($195) with a Gerard Yosca crystal chain necklace ($198). The combo of stripes somehow leaps the dangerous canyon of optical illusion. It's bold but simple. We can do this.