Outfits STYLE // Winter

A Week of Outfits: Outside the Uniform

January 9, 2018

Hello! I hope your week is off to a great start. This latest installment of outfits includes both new and rarely worn combos. It was a fun week. This is about the time of year I start to get a little bored with my all-jeans, all-the-time outfits and crave change. It was fun to push myself a little and step outside of my usual uniform. We’ve been fortunate enough to have some milder weather recently, with temperatures in the 40’s and less rainfall than normal. It’s a lot easier to have fun with clothing when it’s not freezing out!


No outfit pic for this day! We had a gloriously relaxed New Year’s Day, and went hiking. My outfit was semi-athletic, and very functional. I wore an old flannel, leggings, and cross-trainers. Very glamourous.


 Cardigan, Cuyana | Top, Miranda Bennett (very similar color) | Jeans, Vintage Levi’s (501) (similar) | Clog Boots, No.6 (similar) | canvas tote, very old from West Elm | Coin Necklace, Nashelle

I purchased this sweater for the spring (when it became available after being sold out for a very long time) and got so excited to wear it that I sort of forced it into an outfit. I love the sweater (more coming up in a later post!) but I am not in love with this busy look. In retrospect lower shoes or a shorter sweater would have been a better fit.

Style Score: 6.5


Striped Shirt Dress (similar), Everlane | Alpaca Cardigan, Zady (sold out, similar option in cashmere) | Tights, Anthropologie (similar) | Clog Boots, No.6 (similar)

This is the second time I have worn this combo, and I really like it. The wool-blend tights keep me super warm, and it’s fun to wear something other than pants in the wintertime.

One feature that really drew me to these clogs is the v-shape in the front at the top of the boot. It is hard for me to wear a boot that puts a vertical line through my ankles, and the ‘v’ is much more flattering on my shape. If you have skinny ankles, don’t take them for granted!

Style Notes: I really like the subtle black/stripes/olive palette and the overall shape of the outfit.

Style Score: 9 


Body Con Dress, Aritiza, sold out, (similar in stripe and turtleneck) | Cons, Thrifted (ethical version) | Tote, c/o Cuyana | Sweater, old from Nordstrom Rack | Fan Necklace, c/o Loop Jewelry, (use code SEASONS10 to save 10%!)

Back in November I decided to buy a wool coat from Aritzia. It’s not somewhere typically on my ‘ethical’ shopping list, but I decided to branch out in the name of finding a jacket. It turns out the jacket I bought wasn’t a good fit, and I found myself with some store credit. I got this dress and an oatmeal ‘sweater coat.’ Both are really nice quality, and hopefully I will wear them for a long time. While I was in the store, I struck up a conversation with the store manager and asked her what she knew about the company’s ethics when it came to the factories and suppliers they worked with. Her answers pleasantly surprised me. She basically told me that they were a pretty small company on the back end and really value manufacturing standards, to the point of ending relationships with suppliers if need be. Of course I wanted to know more, so I’ve reached out to the company (even CC’ing that manager) but I haven’t heard anything back yet. Sometimes the answers are hard to track down. Aritzia has beautiful stuff, but I’ll likely abstain from shopping there until I know more.

I thoroughly enjoyed wearing this outfit, but it was very hard to photograph. I think I took more than 100 shots. A body-con look is highly out of my comfort zone, but the ease of this thick, warm, ribbed fabric really appealed to me. It’s ‘one piece and done,’ even in the wintertime. This dress would be great with a leather jacket, or even a chambray shirt tied around the waist. And it would look fabulous with dressier clogs.

Style Notes: Trying new silhouettes can be really fun. In effort to make it less ‘body-con’ I paired it with a cocoon sweater. I felt surprisingly confident and very comfortable (it feels like pajamas!).

Style Score: 9.5


Waffle Knit Sweater, c/o Everlane, sold out, (very similar) | Jeans, Rag & Bone (sold out, like these too) | Tote, c/o Cuyana | Clog Boots, No.6 (similar) | Necklace, gift from husband

I sprang for soft and cozy this Friday. These jeans are very soft and stretchy, unlike all my other pairs, and sometimes, I just need to be coddled by my clothes.

Style Notes: This look is quite basic, almost too basic for my taste. But sometimes I have days where I don’t want to give a second thought to my clothing. A look like this fits the bill nicely.

Style Score: 8.5


 T Sweater, c/o Jamie + the Jones (similar style) | Jeans, Vintage Levi’s (501) (similar) | Clogs, No.6 | Tote, c/o Cuyana | Coin Necklace, Nashelle | Cocoon Coat (6), Everlane

For some reasons Saturdays are one of the hardest days for me to dress for. To save me from myself, I quickly opted for my favorite repeat outfit (as shared on Instagram the same day). And very quickly my ‘what-to-wear’ problem vanished!

But let’s address the item you really want to talk about – this coat. After going around in circles for a bit about what kind of wool coat I wanted, and even swearing not to buy one this season, I sprang for this cocoon style coat from Everlane.

My first criteria in a wool coat was something that looked sharp but didn’t seem too fancy for everyday/school pickups/playground/grocery store. I kept trying to make fitted wool coats fit that mold, but they always felt too dressy. Later, I realized a second criteria I had was finding a coat that could easily and comfortably layer over sweaters. Whenever I wore my beloved T Sweater, the jacket situation was always tricky, same with a few other sweaters in my rotation. The cocoon style of this jacket makes it very easy to wear over even the biggest of sweaters. The last criteria I had was that I wanted a lay-down collar versus a stand up collar. I previously tried a standup collar coat, and it felt less versatile, and it poked into my hair too much.

Initially I had ruled out this coat after trying it in a size down, in camel, back in October. The shape was odd, I was trying to force it to be more fitted, and the sleeves were too short. After I came around to embracing the oversized, cocoon shape, I realized how well it could fit into my relaxed lifestyle. I gave the coat a try again, in my true size, and in a cooler-toned neutral. I’ve only worn it a few times, but I am very happy with it! And, look at that perfect sleeve length!

Style Notes: LOVE x100! I think I’ll wear this every Saturday, barring rain or snow! And, it feels good to pull off a warm, non-black outfit in the middle of winter.

Style Score: 10


Claude Cardigan, L’envers| Turtleneck, Splendid | Denim Jumpsuit (M), REIFhaus (currently on sale!)  | Clog Boots, No.6 (similar) |  Tote, c/o Cuyana

Today I wanted to dive into warm clothing, and that is pretty much what I did. Not only was I cozy and comfortable, I felt like me. Even later in the day when I was embodying a tired mom at the grocery store with a greasy ponytail, I still felt like me. It is truly a great feeling to be at home in your clothing.

Style Score: 9

In Review:


KEY LESSONS: Don’t be afraid to experiment, even if it doesn’t pay off every time.

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  • Reply Alex January 9, 2018 at 8:55 am

    It’s funny but it’s obvious from the pics that you love Saturday’s outfit because your face is beaming. That’s what we’re trying to achieve every time we dress isn’t it? That feeling that our outfits are just right. All the heart eyes for Saturday. That coat is stunning on you. I purchased it last spring and have been in love with it ever since. It was the answer to what to wear with all the bulky sweaters and kimono sleeves.
    And yes to the Cuyana sweater restock!

    • Reply Andrea January 10, 2018 at 2:10 pm

      Yes! It is the perfect answer for what to wear over _____ because literally everything fits underneath. Also, I’m finding that staying warm doesn’t always mean a giant jacket, it means well-thought out layers underneath! Thanks for the kind word Alex!

  • Reply Dacy January 9, 2018 at 9:09 am

    I LOVE saturday’s look too. I am SO excited to wear my clogs, because I love every look you wear them with. I tried that coat recently and liked it, but already have enough! Looks good.

    • Reply Andrea January 10, 2018 at 8:46 pm

      I am excited to see you in your clogs Dacy! I hope you love them as much as I do!

  • Reply Bev January 9, 2018 at 9:54 am

    The cocoon coat looks amazing on you! It’s like it was made to worn over the T Sweater right?!
    I’m really interested to hear more about the Cuyana cardigan. I’ve been waiting for a restock forever, but minutes after realizing it was back in stock, I got the email about 50% off knits at Elizabeth Suzann and opted for the Rebekka Kimono instead. I want something that I can layer over dolman sleeve tops so I’m hoping this fits the bill!

    • Reply Andrea January 10, 2018 at 8:52 pm

      Hi Bev, I bet that Rebekka Kimono will be awesome on you! What a steal that you snagged one. I went for the Cuyana cardigan because I wanted a close-to-the-body basic layering piece. I really like how soft it is, and how well it fits under other jackets. I am excited to pair it with my blouses in the coming months!

  • Reply Lo January 9, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    I love your risk-taking! I find that a bodycon dress is a lot more wearable in a knit. It stays in a nice laid-back territory. So cute on you!

    • Reply Andrea January 10, 2018 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you Lo! I am such a sucker for comfortable clothes!! ><

  • Reply Jodie January 9, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Love this weekly series every time you do it Andrea!
    Also every time you wear that striped dress I want it! 😍
    The cocoon coat looks great on you, I have the gray j crew one for about 5 years now and something about that shape is so perfect.

    Looking forward to your cardigan review. For Christmas my husband got me my first Cuyuna item, a black cross body, and it’s gorgeous. Thinking of getting one of their pima dresses for summer time.

    My first week of 2018 started with working New Years, below freezing temperatures, lots of snow, getting the stomach bug BAD for 2 days, and Kaden getting sick with it too, which was the worst thing ever. We are recovered, and I’m back at work this week. Hoping to get out and do something fun this weekend!

    Have a good rest of your week! :-)

    • Reply Andrea January 10, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      Hi Jodie! I almost bought the J.Crew one instead. I was very close! In the end, I really wanted the lay down collar. I think that J.Crew one is super cute and warm!
      Yay for a Cuyana bag, that sounds super cute. I have been using my Cuyana tote a ton lately, and I just love how well the leather holds up over time!
      I am so sorry you guys got sick! It’s always scary with a little one too. Very glad you are all healthy now! Stay warm and cozy!

  • Reply Alissa January 9, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    I actually really love the first look! I have been thinking of getting a knit bodycon dress, but I’m afraid it would look weird and bulky on me since I have zero curves. I love the one you chose!

    • Reply Andrea January 10, 2018 at 8:56 pm

      Hi Alissa, I am not super curvy, but wow, this really makes me look curvy! My daughter said, “Why does your butt look like that?” as she made rounded shapes with her hands. HAHAHA! Good luck on your hunt! Brass used to have a super cute one!

  • Reply Mel January 10, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Yep, love Saturday. It’s just a perfect look, especially with the warm/cool contrast of the cocoon coat. Also love the body con dress. I like to layer sweaters like the J+J or the cropped crew over dresses like these. Then you pull up the sleeves of the sweater a bit to show the dress sleeves peeking through. I feel way more comfy in body con clothing this way and it’s super cozy. Love that dress with the white cons :)

    • Reply Andrea January 10, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      Love these tips Mel, so good! I always forget to layer pullovers over dresses, but it’s such a great idea!

  • Reply Anne January 10, 2018 at 7:54 am

    I also need to be cuddled by my clothes :p I’ve been wearing mostly leggings and hoodies or with dresses the last couple weeks, as I’m between jobs and either loafing around or at holiday parties. I put on a pair of jeans the other day and went “nopenopenope” and swapped them back out for my favorite pair of running tights, lol.

    Hopefully after my new paycheck starts rolling in I can invest in a couple new things for work!

    • Reply Andrea January 10, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      Hi Anne! Did I spy on Instagram today that you got a new job?? If so, congrats!!

  • Reply Jenny January 10, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Oh man, I just discovered this blog and I am HOOKED. Thank you!!! At 33 I’m trying to ‘grow up’ my style, cure my fast-fashion habits and find softer, more interesting silhouettes. I will be using basically everything you post as a template. So thank you!!!!

    • Reply Andrea January 10, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      Hi Jenny! Welcome!! It’s so good to have you! I hear you on the quest. You can do this! And we can help! I hope to see more of you around here. :)

  • Reply Katie January 15, 2018 at 6:58 am

    Just so you know, I love when you do these posts. I basically screen shot every outfit I like and then refer back to them when I’m feeling in a style-rut. You inspire me! Also, your hair looks great!

    • Reply Andrea January 15, 2018 at 10:32 am

      Aw, thank you so much Katie! I LOVE seeing what other people wear, so I really enjoy sharing my own outfits. :)

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