I’m trying out a little something new this week… I’m including my complete outfits. I spend a lot of time during the fall and winter months wearing jackets and coats. I don’t have an office or someplace that I go where I take my coat off. I am usually in my coats for a large part of the day because I am taking my kids to and fro, and we’re parking and walking a few blocks to get to our destination. That usually means my complete outfit or ‘look’ involves a coat. And because I like to see how others keep warm and dry, (and stylish!) this week I’m going to show you how I do it.
On a side note, I found the best lipstick of my life in Las Vegas. I’ve worn it everyday since I bought it, including in all the photos below!
I think I need to start something called ‘sweater-Monday’ because it just makes the day a little better. At the beginning of the week I need extra coziness and comfort to help me rock through the day. I’m sporting these pretty boots from Nisolo, in an attempt to not live in a black and gray world (which often happens this time of year!). So far, these boots have been really easy to wear and I love how they look with black. However, I got together with a dear friend of mine over the weekend, and she was wearing the same boots in brandy, and I loved those too!
This short puffer from Everlane is a nice option when I don’t feel like donning a full-body coat. I’m going to wear it some more and then hopefully do a review in December. It moves nicely and doesn’t make me feel saddled down, which I like. But it is bulky and ‘swishy.’ However, the traits mean it’s warm and pretty darn rain/wind proof. I opted for a size small in the jacket and it fits well through the torso, but is a smidge short in the arms. If I were to re-order, I’d consider a medium.
Let’s talk lipstick. When I was in Las Vegas, with time to kill while Mr. Seasons was working, I wandered the strip looking for souvenirs for my kiddos. I happened upon a Sephora, and naturally I decided to browse the lipsticks, a luxury not usually afforded to me because my 3 1/2 year old little boy is usually in tow. After trying on several colors from my go-to brands (Bite and Nars) without success, the sales lady brought me one of the prettiest lipsticks I’d ever tried on. Both in the color and the case. It’s by Hourglass, which is a brand that’s new to me. The formula is creamy, but long-wearing. What’s really cool about this lipstick, is that you can actually buy refills, and reuse the external housing! But that’s not why I love it. I’m smitten over the color, which is absolutely perfect for me. Sephora was out of stock online (‘If Only’ is the shade), but I found it at Nordstrom ($34) and you can still buy refills at Sephora ($22). I can’t recommend this lipstick enough!
Style Notes: Not the most exciting ensemble, but it served me well. I was warm and comfortable.
Style Score: 8
I don’t know why it took me so long to pair this sweater with these pants, but I love the palette going on here. Tan, navy, brown = all the heart eyes. It definitely got less sexy when I added the black coat, but I honestly don’t know what else I would have worn. I feel like late fall and winter equals a steady diet of hiding under black coats. Not sure what to do about that. But I really like this shorty coat paired with these pants. Many of my other coats feel ‘off’ with these pants, and the cropped coat is a better match.
Style Notes: I’m not sure I’m sold on boots with these pants. The boots were great to keep me warm (it was in the low 40’s), but I think the pants look best with mules, clogs and sandals. But I plan to run through the options this fall and see what else I can make them work with.
Style Score: 9
Cardigan, Zady, no longer available (similar) | Rose Top, c/o Belvele | Jeans, Rag & Bone | Chelsea Boots, Everlane | Tirhas Saddlebag, c/o ABLE | Down With It Parka (M), Patagonia (currently 20% off!)
I was craving warm tones today so I grabbed my most pumpkin-y closet item and paired it with my cozy, trusty alpaca cardigan. I’m surprised how much I liked the result! This shirt is textured and on the thicker side, so it was easy to stay warm and comfortable.
This parka is my go-to when I need to enter beast mode to stay warm. I bought it on sale at the end of last winter, so I still haven’t worn it a ton yet. It’s very warm, and while it’s puffy, it’s not too poofy, if that makes sense? I feel slightly less ‘walking sleeping bag’ than I think I would in the long puffer by Everlane, but the trade off is less rain/wind resistance.
Style Notes: I am a big fan of the two color palettes going on here. In the first photo, the pumpkin spices up the black and charcoal (see what I did there?) and in the second, the burgundy bag is a nice pop agains the black coat and boots.
Style Score: 9
Clearly I have a thing for warm tones this week. Today there was no school, so we were mostly hanging around the house, which meant I could take liberties with my wardrobe (aka, I didn’t have to be paranoid about staying warm). I really like this outfit. It was so comfortable, and I always feel totally cool in this jumpsuit. I just have to watch out for food babies so I don’t look like I am expecting.
Style Score: 10!
Cardigan, c/o Grana | Striped Top, thrifted (similar) | Jeans, Rag & Bone | Chelsea Boots, Everlane | Bag, (similar, ethical option) | City Anorak, Everlane | Fan Necklace, c/o Loop (use code SEASONS10 to save 10%)
This cardigan is very under-utilized in my closet. It has kind of a big, boxy shape, so I often don’t know what to pair it with. But when I wear it, I’m always glad I did because it’s very soft and warm. I have been favoring cardigans over pullover sweaters this fall, (besides thinner sweaters, like cashmere) because I often warm up when I move about the house, cook dinner, etc., and it’s nice to be able to layer down.
This jacket is my go-to for rain. At first I didn’t like how boxy it is, but I find it very handy to layer over sweaters, or even a thinner jacket if it’s super cold. I particularly like how it looks when paired with this cozy, old wool scarf!
Style Notes: I think I’m settling into a groove of simple, cold-weather outfits. I like the cool navy/gray/black palette a lot but, when I look at these photos, the first one looks more ‘momish’ than I’d prefer. But hey, I guess that’s what I am!
Style Score: 8.5
Yes! Loved wearing this. Mixed warm neutrals, check. Cozy, flat boots, check. Cozy turtleneck, check. However, I don’t love the black bag with this outfit. But I’m not sure what would have been better. Any ideas? Maybe dark brown?
Style Score: 9
I was trying to channel a bit of French girl here. I know, me and every other blogger out there. But I love the inspiration that plays around in my mind when I think about what a chic woman traipsing around Paris might wear. Chic and simple are two things I always strive for, and it seems to be a common trait amongst French women (or at least that’s what the Internet tells me). I like how it turned out, but I still don’t feel at home in neck scarves. I’m going to keep trying because I love the way scarves look. I spent the entire day in these boots and I’m surprised how good they felt! However, I was off mom-duty for a big chunk of the day, so that’s probably a factor too.
Style Notes: I wanted to contrast my faded vintage jeans so I paired them with black, suede boots. I added the rust scarf for a dash of color in a sea of black, and am really happy with the results.
Style Score: 10
FAVORITES: Thursday + Sunday
KEY LESSONS: I’m scared to wear all black. I love it on others, but it seems like it would bore me to tears. Maybe I’ll try it next week just to see.