Jen's picks part two

We'll be continuing the theme of a few good things hand-picked by Jen for the month of December. All are smart pieces to add to your closet now and could also be great gifts (for yourself :).

One of the best trends to emerge in fashion across the past few years is this pant shape: the crop-flare. It's fitted through the waist and thigh with a little bit of flare at the cropped bottom. It is the MOST universally flattering shape out there. If you're worried about a cropped pant in winter, check out any of the boots we've recommended this season. They all go high enough that there's no gap between hem and boot.

Above from top left: 1. Citizens of Humanity (this is the slimmest of the four and a great color); 2. J. Crew (we've profiled it before, a great jean for a great price); 3. and 4. Both by R13 (leopard here, floral here), these are the same pant in different patterns and look great with neutral tops - R13 is pricier but totally worth it and something special for your closet.

R13 makes the terrific white oxford shirt at the left. It's pictured with the leopard print R13 jeans profiled above. It's a great oversized cut in a lovely, thick fabric - the perfect boyfriend shirt. The Nili Lotan shirt in the middle is an amazing tunic (Jen loves a good tunic). Wear it untucked over skinny pants or half-tucked into anything else. Think of the blue/white stripe as a neutral. At right, this MM6 shirt is made for all of the high-waisted jeans and trousers out there. Cropped in the front and longer in the back, this is a nice piece in an uncommon silhouette.

J. Crew has a reliably decent quality cashmere line at a great price. These two sweaters are good examples. The gray hoodie is similar to the Rag & Bone piece we profiled in October, but more affordable. The striped sweater is a boyfriend cut (go down one size if you don't want to wear it baggy). It's particularly cute half-tucked. You can pay much more elsewhere for this same look.

Robert Clergerie makes a beautiful shoe and these oxford loafers are a great example. Think of them as the cold weather alternative to a flat when you don't want to wear a shoe boot - easy and casual. The style is reminiscent of the star platform by Stella McCartney, but the Clergeries are a little less terrifyingly high and about half the price.

This boot by Rag & Bone combines two worthy trends - the lug sole and white shoe. Comfortable and warm, these would be great with the jeans profiled above. The white is a little edgier than black. It's an unexpected twist and therefore cool. Perfect for outdoor gatherings.

Jen loves the Nili Lotan cape at left. It's a beautiful quality knit, which makes it pricey, but you know it will be a forever-purchase because of its classic pattern and style. Layer it over a down jacket or thick sweater in winter and continue using it over lighter pieces in the spring.

At right is a new wool cape by G. Label that looks like it's selling out fast. Jen likes it with a fitted black cashmere sweater or sweatshirt or even a featherweight down coat underneath. Don't be afraid to wear it oversized like a poncho. The black, navy and charcoal in the pattern means you can pair it with almost anything.

This Cynthia Rowley oversized down parka is very cool. It has already sold out once, but it's back in stock now. It's like wearing a very awesome blanket. Get it if you want to be cozy without looking like everyone else on the block.