It’s 6:30 am. Maybe it’s a Monday. You check your weather app to see what awaits you outside.
Does a high of 40 degrees warrant a heavy knit? Or, maybe instead, a light turtleneck layered under a button down? A t-shirt under a cardigan under an oversized blazer? Those pants that only go with those boots that leave your bunions throbbing by 3pm? Fortunately, a — or probably, the — tenet of winter dressing is warmth, and it is hard to stray from the need to shield yourself from the elements everyday for the next four months.
It might just be that there’s a certain science to smart winter dressing; that science might be throwing a bunch of options into the mix until something sticks, otherwise known as excessive layering, or it could be assessing your current wardrobe and finding gaps where you can enhance what you already have. If you have more than two pairs of pants that you think only look good with one or two pairs of shoes, then it’s not unreasonable for you to feel like you need to make a purchase to fill that gap.
I’ve found myself feeling more confident and willing to experiment with mixing feminine and masculine pieces — probably because of these double strap monks from Massimo Dutti. They’re a testament to how a shoe can change the way you style your clothes and breathe new life into older pieces. I think they’re meant to look like Church’s double strap monks and are a great alternative to a pricier, ‘investment piece’ if you aren’t quite ready to drop the money. The chunky sole makes them look a bit more modern and they bring a cool factor to any outfit.
I love pairing plaid trousers like this pair from & Other Stories with a cardigan, turtleneck, or graphic tee; along with my monks or Old Skool Vans. These Aritzia pants have essentially been letting me get away with wearing my Everlane sweatshirts with more frequency (AKA to work).
Speaking of Everlane sweatshirts, I got another one. It’s fleece. It looks like sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie and, coincidentally, elicits the same kind of joy in me that sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie do.
And because I want to dress like Alyssa Coscarelli and Tracee Ellis Ross (all of the time, but particularly from this day), I ordered these Nike M2K Techno sneakers after seeing them on Alyssa’s Instagram. Hello ugly sneaker trend!!! I am late but nevertheless at the party.
I’m very on board with the cardigan as a top trend, which I have mentioned before, but I’ve taken things to another level this month. Chunky cardigans with embellished buttons! Otherwise known as grandma sweaters? This one from Kate Spade is meant to be worn buttoned up, looks great with high rise Levis and I think would look equally as good with a slip skirt.
Speaking of slip skirts (segues!) another “trend” that I’ve been wanting a piece of since last year but could never find at an affordable price point that didn’t look cheap, this slip skirt from Free People that I unexpectedly stumbled upon is so so so good. As someone that is averse to buying clothes specifically for going out, I love having the chance to own something that is versatile — i.e. can be dressed down with a chunky knit like this black and blue leopard print mock neck sweater or dressed up with a top like this one from & Other Stories.
I need to also sing praises for MUJI and their ribbed turtlenecks. My closet has become a home for a small family of them — I have one in navy, black, and cream — and they make getting dressed infinitely easier. I love them. Why have I never owned a cream turtleneck until now? Someone????
I’ve been into wearing my mock neck and turtleneck sweaters with a low ponytail (growing out your bangs is a dish prepared slowly) and big earrings. Statement necklaces ruined the word ‘statement’ for me. These Madewell hoops are a dupe for the Laura Lombardi and Jennifer Fisher styles and have a beautiful finish. I’ve also been loving the subtlety of paring simple pearl earrings (like these from Gimaguas) with casual outfits. The theme of 2019 is classy casual.
I had been puffer coat averse until about a year ago, for reasons that I’m not quite sure of anymore, but I know I was robbing myself of comfort, warmth, and convenience. As much as I would have been in support of buying a puffer that was in a statement-y color, I know that I’ll be reaching Super Puff from TNA/Aritzia in black (which was and probably is on back order again) on a daily basis.
This Man Repeller flagpole berette is part solution to second day hair, part perfect accoutrement to almost every outfit. A winter outfit doesn’t have to be ruined by practical outerwear if you have some good, face adjacent, accessories!