STYLE // Winter Style Study

Winter in Review

March 16, 2017

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.

Winter favorites, L-R: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 

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.


COLORS:
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.


WORDS:
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.


SHAPES:
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.


MOST INFLUENCIAL:
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!

xo,
Andrea

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12 Comments

  • Reply Alex Chua March 16, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Another great post, Andrea. You picked my favorite winter looks from your posts, primarily for the reasons you mention. I love that you’re getting so much wear from your vintage jeans, J+J sweater, and clogs. That’s proof that your closet is working – that you can wear items on repeat while still looking fresh and being creative. This winter I decided that style is about clothes that reflect who I really am. Trying too many different styles only confuses things. I’m saying no to fads and sticking only to pieces that say “me.” XO

    • Reply Andrea March 20, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      I love it! What a great mantra. I agree, trying too many styles, even having too many items, makes me feel confused. I hope I can continue to look fresh and creative. Thanks for the great comment! 😉

  • Reply Desta March 17, 2017 at 5:31 am

    A classic, high-quality motorcycle jacket has been on my list for a while! Good ones (that aren’t an arm and a leg) are hard to find though–they’re too cropped or the sleeves are too short or some other disqualifier. Excited to hear your feedback about this new jacket!

    • Reply Andrea March 20, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      I agree! It’s super hard to find one that is ‘just right.’ I was trying to stay away from the cropped ones, but I didn’t want an oversized one either. So far this one has been really good. It fits close enough to not make me feel bulky when I’m wearing it, but it’s still long enough that I don’t feel exposed in the back. It’s pretty slim in the arms if I wear anything but short sleeves under it, so I’m hoping it will loosen up a touch with time. I’m excited to style it for a blog post soon!

  • Reply Vivianna March 17, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Hey there! I’ve just started following you within the last month 🙂 love the blog!

    I was wondering what your thoughts were on having a separate wardrobe for activities where you know your clothes may become stained or dirty?

    I work in the pet industry, with animals every day. I do not have a required uniform but I’ve been wearing my more affordable basics from Grana and Everlane to work, rather than my investment pieces like Elizabeth Suzanne shirts, and nice cardis, etc.

    Since you are a mother, which can also be a messy job, I would be interested to hear what you have to say?

    • Reply Andrea March 20, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      This is such a great question Vivianna! One that I almost feel like could be its own blog post. In general I try to make sure 80% (or more) of my wardrobe is kid-friendly. Ie. I could wear it to the park or playground and be okay. I like ES pieces for the very fact that they’re so sturdy. The time I’m most worried about staining my clothes is when I’m cooking, and if I’m worried an apron wont be enough, I take things off.

      So in answer to your question, pretty much all my clothes are for all parts of my life, save for some shoes that are too nice to get wet and muddy. I wear my cashmere sweaters when I’m just at home mommin’ with my kids. I really like to wear my clothes, and I don’t like the idea of ‘saving’ them for the right occasion. I do have a drawer of lounge/house clothes, but those mostly get worn for working out and sleeping. However, given your situation, I could totally see why you’d want different clothes to wear to work! I think the key is just not getting too carried away. Like 5 outfits could probably do the trick, and you could simply wash and repeat.

  • Reply Bobbiejean Garcia March 17, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    That jacket is bad ass! 😆 I hadn’t heard of that company and just checked them out – awesome!

    • Reply Andrea March 20, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      Yes, aren’t they great?!

  • Reply Alicia March 17, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Great post, Andrea! I love a good season-in-review and musings. And nice work on the Veda x Reformation jacket – it looks perfect!!

    This weather has had its run; I’m SO ready for spring. I finally jumped on the Elizabeth Suzann boat and am looking at the Georgia tee. Exciiiiiiiiiiting!

    • Reply Andrea March 20, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks Alicia – hoping that jacket is my holy grail. 😉 Really excited to see you in that ES Georgia tee!!! That flax color is just too good.

  • Reply Anne March 20, 2017 at 6:42 am

    I love your vintage jeans and the cropped sweater outfit, I think the jeans fit you really well and the flow between the line of the sweater and the waist of the jeans looks great.

    Also, I finally clicked the order button on the Everlane wide leg crops… I’ve had a pair sitting in my cart since they came back into stock and decided to go for it! First purchase 🙂

    • Reply Andrea March 20, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      Ooo! I’m excited for you Anne! Hopefully those will also work nicely for your work wardrobe. Keep me posted!

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