Month: November 2012

Winter uniform: Big Sweater + Little Skinnies

Well we’ve been enjoying an amazing NYC autumn with warm weather and leaves that actually changed color in the city for once, but sadly it looks like those days are about to end, and real winter will be arriving soon. I really enjoyed planning my outfits this fall, and as I start to pull out all my winter clothes I’ve been thinking about my “winter uniform” to make dressing and shopping easy (and hopefully a little fun!) as we hunker down for some cold dark months.

1. Jacket: I’ve had a warm hooded parka on my winter shopping list for several years now to rotate in with my regular black puffy coat, that sadly does not have a hood so is unwearable many windy/rainy winter days. Many of the cute army parkas are great to look at, but wouldn’t last one winter day in NYC. After seeing this Soia & Kyo parka, I started keeping an eye out for a more affordable version with faux fur. I love this Uniqlo A-line coat, but can’t decide between green or taupe.

2. Hat: I’ve become a big fan of Uniqlo’s Heatech line. This hat is perfect because it is soft and thin, but toasty warm.

3. Statement necklace: I’ve become a big fan of statement necklaces recently, and think nothing is better to liven up a neutral palette in the dead of winter then a fun bauble. I keep finding all kinds of amazing necklaces at H&M, and I love the orange/coral color pop on this one, but also like the contrast of the delicate shape worn with a chunky sweater.

4. Jeans: I’ve been living in my 7 for all Mankind “The Skinny” jeans since I picked up a used pair at a local consignment store. They are super stretchy, so very comfortable but still thick enough to be jeans and not leggings.

5. Socks: Heattech again! I have the short ankle pair, and need to stock up on the knee socks.

6. Booties: Mine are similar from a few season ago, but love that these booties just keep on showing up everywhere. This post at Les Anti-Modernes was my inspiration last fall for my original purchase.

What is your winter uniform?

Lost & Found: Frye Harness Boots

Boots: Frye, Vest: Gap, Shirt: JCrew, Jeans: J Brand, Sunglassed: Marc by Marc Jacobs

I read a post from Goop a ways back that mentioned “shopping your closet” and I’ve been trying to get in the habit of doing this first before I shop for real and spend more money. When I started thinking about fall boots this year, I “shopped” my closet and found my pair of Frye Harness 12R boots thrown in the back and covered in about an inch of dust. I had planned to bring them to a consignment store last year but never got around to it, and then had forgotten that I even owned them. Around the same time I read A.B. Chao’s post about the “Elegant Cowgirl” in her Fall Uniform post and I started thinking of giving these boots another shot.

I bought these about three years ago from Zappos after cobbling together a couple gift cards and some holiday cash. I always really liked them, and they were exactly what I expected but for some reason I was never really able to find a place for them in my wardrobe. Although I have small feet for my height the boots just seemed HUGE and clompy. I also felt they were too casual for work so that cut out five days of possible wear right there. I got a little bit of use out of them with some long boot cut jeans, but since you couldn’t really see them under the jeans they seemed a little pointless.

This fall, after dusting off the boots I stared wearing them  with my skinny jeans for a casual late fall weekend outfit. My favorite thing about these boots is how rough and tough they are, and the rustic harness details. I’ve found that the more fitted the jeans are the more the outfit works for me. I also like throwing on a preppy top (like this JCrew striped t) to add an interesting contrast. I’m thinking of also trying them with some black leggings and a chambray shirt, or maybe a lacy flowy blouse to really place up the contrast.