Happy Thanksgiving! I trust you’ve moved on to coffee and dessert by now, or maybe even a nap. If you’re ready for a break from all the socializing and eating, you can peruse my latest round of outfits.
This week has been a cold one, and I’ve been chasing warm as best I can. I’m starting to realize my exposed-ankle days might be (mostly) over for the season, so I’ve been searching for alternate ways to look stylish, but keep warm. Do you have any tips or tricks for cold days?
I’ve been wearing my Everlane skinny jeans a little bit more, mostly because it’s been cold, and it’s hard to beat the functionality of skinny jeans in the wintertime. I love the look and the thickness of the fabric they’re made with, but they don’t allow for nearly as much movement as my Rag & Bone jeans. To close the ankle gap I added my chelsea boots to the equation, although, if I wasn’t going to be outside as much, I would have opted for oxfords or mules. I did a quick assessment of my pant situation and every single one of them is ankle-skimming or cropped! This means I’ll be relying a lot on my ankle boots to make sure I stay warm this winter.
This sweater makes me really excited for all the cold days to come this winter. Last winter I was on the hunt for a warm-toned cardigan, and I’m so happy to say I’ve found one. I first learned of L’envers from Joanna, of Pyne & Smith. I stalked out their website for awhile, and finally took the plunge and ordered one of their hand knit sweaters. Their motto is ‘putting ethics back in aesthetics,’ which I love. The sweater is made from 100% French merino wool, where it is spun. And it was knit in Castilla-et-Leon, Spain.
I wanted something I could wear for many years. Originally, I bought a sweater from Doen, and while it was gorgeous, it didn’t seem as timeless (nor as versatile) with the one I ended up with. I am very pleased with the classic style and fit of this cardigan by L’envers. The wool is soft enough to wear on bare arms, and it is very, very warm.
Style Score: 9
Waffle Sweater, c/o Everlane | Modern BF Jean (sized down), Everlane | Isa Boot, c/o Nisolo | Bag, thrifted (ethical alternative, on sale!) | Chore Coat, c/o Tradlands (use code SEASONSANDSALT to save 15%)
Hiding those ankles again to stay warm… speaking of warm, this waffle-knit sweater plus the chore coat combination was surprisingly cozy. Thicker fabrics go a long way, and can be a nice break from big outerwear. I’ve been spending extra time outside this fall because one of my daughters has tutoring sessions 2x per week at her school, and I spend the 45 minute sessions with my other two kiddos on the playground. While they scale the play structure, I usually have my nose in a book. It’s surprisingly relaxing (once we get there). But it means I have to choose outfits that accommodate all the outdoor time.
Style Notes: I love this look. It’s elevated casual. I like the structure of the jacket and the polish of the boots. But both are tough enough to do almost anything in.
Style Score: 10
Oops! Some days are so busy that squeezing in a picture feels impossible. This is a standard, rain-friendly look for me. I alternate between this one and the City Anorak from Everlane (as pictured last week). I honestly don’t remember for sure what I wore under it. I think it was the L’envers cardigan with a black scarf. You can never be too cozy, right?
Style Notes: I often feel like I have two looks each day, one for indoors, and one for out. This ‘outdoors’ look is one of my preferred. Loose jeans and well-tailored jacket, plus ultra functional shoes.
Style Score: 9
In this silly, second photo, I am trying to show you guys my socks. It was another cold day and I opted to layer in wool socks, instead of showing my usual slice of skin right there. And I think it looks pretty good. I am not one to suffer for fashion. But sometimes it sends me to the land of serious outfit repetition, like jeans and ankle boots 24/7.
Style Notes: I wanted to try styling this flannel differently than how I did for my Tradlands post. And honestly, I like the other look better.
Style Score: 7 – Not my fav look, but highly functional.
I love this classic look. It’s the kind of thing I imagine myself wearing now and 10 years from now (maybe with slight updates). Modern classics never go out of style for me. Cardigan + jeans + oxford and a sensible bag = Andrea through the decades.
Style Score: 10+
This is the ultimate weekend outfit for me. Relaxed and casual, but still pulled together. I’ve been experimenting with wearing this sherpa-lined jean jacket a little more, and I think I’m starting to get the hang of it. The key: to not think about it too much. Seems obvious, right? Well, easier said than done for someone who is an over-analyzer. But I’m learning!
Style Score: 9
Proof that I’m not quite sure how to dress up, but I’m always trying.
Style Notes: This dress looks really good on it’s own, but of course I needed another layer to keep warm. I like the leather jacket, but the oversized scarf felt like too much. Next time I’d skip the scarf and go for a contrasting clutch.
Style Score: 8
FAVORITES: Tuesday + Friday
KEY LESSONS: Warmth is paramount (in most cases) and not over-thinking a look can be really helpful.