Winter is a hard one to dress for. Stylistically, it’s difficult to experiment because I spend so much energy just to keep warm! As I’ve been looking back over what I’ve worn on the blog this winter, searching for my favorites to share with you guys, I felt pretty underwhelmed by most of the looks. That is, until I got to the last few weeks. I have a hunch that it has to do with a few things:
1) It took me a good 1-2 months to hit my winter stride of dressing. My husband was the one who pointed out this fact to me. It makes sense that after days and weeks of practice, eventually you start to find what’s working and what’s clicking for you. The outfits below definitely fall under that category.
2) The last few weeks the weather has been a bit warmer and I’ve been able to get away with things like bare ankles again, making it a little easier to experiment. And I think I’m just over winter dressing right now and ready to move on to spring, so it’s pretty hard for me to get excited about my past winter looks.
Lots of good stuff in these looks. They are my favorite for obvious reasons: I want to wear them over and over again (and I do). I estimate that I wear those vintage Levi’s about 50% of the time. No joke! Lets dissect a little further.
The collection of outfits above shows a lot of medium-light wash denim, wow. I’ve been favoring lighter-medium tones to go with these bottoms. The overall palette is: blues, black, charcoal, gray, cream, tan and burgundy.
For the last few seasons I’ve identified three words that describe my style: cool, simple and functional. While ‘cool’ is a very subjective term, I’d describe the bulk of these looks as ‘cool’ because that’s precisely how I feel when I wear them. Like, I didn’t really try too hard, but it all comes together nicely. They are relatively ‘simple’ looks because each features only a few pieces and not a lot of accessories, which is precisely how I like to dress myself. I hate feeling fussy (cause I’m usually too busy fussing with my kids), so I like things to be as simple as possible.
The most notable shape shift here is in the pants! I hardly wore any skinny pants in the winter, though I’m still sporting straight-leg pants, some of which can be pretty close to skinnies. I’m definitely in love with the wide leg pant wave right now. I’ve been enjoying my Everlane wide leg crops quite a bit, and looking forward to styling my Lauren Winter wide pants for spring.
Clogs, because they taught me how to be laid back. Jamie + the Jones sweater because cream is always a good idea, and a creamy chunky-knit sweater is an amazing idea. Vintage fisherman sweater because it reminded me how much I love old things… and being warm. But the number one most influential item: my vintage Levi’s. They have kind of put my whole wardrobe on an axis shift, and I love it!
WINTER PURCHASE REVIEW
I wore these three a lot in the beginning of the winter, particularly during the Winter 10×10. I am pretty pleased with the boots and the dress, but I am not sure buying the v-neck sweater was the best choice for me. I wanted to add a black cashmere sweater, but since I already had a few crewnecks I got a v-neck because I thought I ‘should’ add some variety. Another example of how following those ‘shoulds’ just leads to trouble for my wardrobe. I’ll tuck it away for now, and re-visit it in the fall. It’s a classic enough style that I hope to get some use of it down the road. We’ll see!
The boots I wore quite a bit, and they’re very rain-friendly, hallelujah! I never ended up adding grip to the sole, perhaps next season. I am looking forward to styling this shift dress again and again as the weather warms up. It has great shape, and I think it will look even better over bare legs and sandals than it did over pants in the winter.
LOOKING AHEAD TO SPRING
I planned and plotted then chose to invest in a few key staples for my wardrobe for spring. I finally ordered the Clyde Work Pant from Elizabeth Suzann, woohoo! I picked up a shirt from Tradlands when they were having their anniversary sale. And, the piece I’m probably the most excited about: a Reformation x Veda leather jacket. When I got the email that these restocked I jumped so fast I probably scared the kids. This is my first purchase from Reformation, and surprisingly I ended up sizing down. I’m excited to break in the jacket, and it feels good to cross something off my list that has literally been on there for years.
Next week I’ll review my closet goals, including ones I set at the beginning of winter. And then I’m excited to dive in and start sharing spring outfits! I’m grateful that I’ve been gifted a handful of items to review for you guys including the shoes everyone is fussing over on Instagram (believe me, they’re worth the fuss!) and I look forward to sharing more with you all!