Nov 04 2018 0 Comments
Winter is but a month away; the leaves have changed, the days are getting dark quicker, and there is a crispness in the air that speaks of a promise for cold weather. Although Southern California most definitely won't get a beautiful blanket of snow, it does get a little chillier. With the chill comes the coziest of knits, the warmest of boots, and finally the chance to switch from iced coffee beverages to steaming hot cups of the life giving elixir--bonus points if it comes holiday flavored. Here is our guide to chase your winter blues away by looking fabulous. I mean, who doesn't feel unstoppable in a sassy faux fur coat and a knee-high boots?
Chenille, brushed, marled, pointelle are just some fancy words to describe one of the best things about winter--sweaters! There is nothing better than wearing knits when its cold; it's like being able to take your blanket with you wherever you go. This season we are seeing a lot of distressing, think frayed hems, and intentional holes. Do be warned, if you live in a colder place, you may want to layer this look, lest you freeze. If holes--intentional or not--aren't your thing, try a sweater with bobbles all over or one with some eyelet details (FYI that's what pointelle means). Statement sleeves including balloon, multiple bell, and decorative bows are also a must this year. I prefer any extreme sleeve styles to be a thinner knit, so you don't get swallowed by too much pomp. Layer these under slip dresses, or your favorite overall dress for a cool way to still incorporate your spring/summer weather trends. Feel free to play with length; you can go cropped (put it over a dress or another top for a chic warmer look), high-low if you like to cover your bum, or even long enough to be a dress if you want something super easy to just throw on and go. Another hugely important feature of any sweater is the neckline. Mock necks are big this year, but really, as far as we are concerned, no neckline goes out of style.There are so many varied options this year, you will have no problem finding a style that best suits your needs.
If you live in SoCal, as I do, then coats probably are not something super high on your list of winter necessities--unless you are traveling somewhere the weather gets below 65 degrees. Just a jacket or layered sweater is usually enough, but if you are one of the lucky individuals who gets actual seasons (or you will suffer for a look, even if you feel like you've reached your boiling point) you have a lot of amazing coats to choose from this year. Faux fur styles are still the ones to beat this season, especially in shorter cuts. They are perfect for a night on the town, or if you want something to jazz up an otherwise basic outfit. We've also seen a resurgence of 70's inspired corduroy with faux fur collars in relaxed shapes. It looks mildly utilitarian and is a good option if you want something a little bit heavier than a denim jacket, but will still give the same feel. Don't be afraid to play with color, the rest of your outfit can be pretty monochromatic if you do a statement coat to liven it up. Dark greens and navy blues are a good way to dip your toe into color if it is not your usual thing. Shape can make a huge difference when finding the perfect coat. A more relaxed fit with dolman sleeves seems to be popular this year. If that doesn't correspond with your personal aesthetic, go for something classically structured in neutral color like black, white, or tan that will never go out of style so you can wear it for future winters to come. Non-trendy coats are a good item to invest money on so that you don't have to purchase one every year.
Alright, I'm going to say something slightly inflammatory: under the knee boots are better than over the knee boots for an everyday outfit. There I said it, and I'm glad I had the chance to get it off my chest. Now let me explain myself. Firstly, while over the knee boots are darling with short dresses, it's really hard to make them daytime effortless, when they seem so ready for a night on the town. Under the knee boots have an air of easiness and playfulness to them. They go with just about everything from jeans, to dresses, and even a mini skirt without making the outfit look too overdone. Secondly, finding a pair that stays put is an obstacle that I wasn't completely prepared for. Here's a slightly embarrassing anecdote--last year I was on a quest to find the perfect over the knee black boots. You know when you have this idea in your head for a great outfit and you are just missing that one key piece? I was convinced that these boots could balance my life, clear up my skin, make my plants grow, etc... I ended up purchasing three different pairs, and like Goldilocks the first ones where too big, the second ones would wriggle their way down my legs every third step until they fell bellow my knees, and finally the last ones were just right. By just right, I mean I only had to adjust them a couple times a day. Let me tell you, taking four steps and then having to readjust my shoe is what would end up taking me out during a zombie apocalypse. Luckily, we have the option of forgoing this task since under the knee boots are usually made more structured and, therefore, can stand up without assistance. Just trust me, buy a pair. You won't regret it, and you definitely won't go slightly mad trying to keep the darn things up.
This year there are a myriad of different colors to choose from if you want to incorporate something new into your winter wardrobe. Of course you can always wear the tried a true staples, but the colors above are going to be cropping up everywhere this upcoming season. We've already seen a lot of the baby blue and cool toned pink on sweaters and jackets coming into the store. You can find a gorgeous corduroy jacket and skirt set on the website that ticks all the boxes of color, fabric, and faux fur accents. A lot of the colors this season seem like no brainers, you've got your reds and greens mixed in with some earthier tones, but they have a little twist to them. They pull a touch cooler in tone this year, and maybe ever so slightly muted versions of their more jewel tone brethren. Which means they are a little bit easier to wear, and to mix, for those shy about wearing a ton of color. Best advice is to choose a couple that compliment your everyday palette. That way you don't have to buy a whole new wardrobe of lemon curry if you'll never pair it with anything you already have.
With all of these new ideas you will be set to look your best this winter season! Hopefully, the weather cooperates, and you can go outside to show off your favorite outfits! As always have fun with your fashion and don't be afraid to take a fashion risk every once in a while. Who knows, maybe lemon curry will become your number one color to pair with your warm winter coat and your favorite knee-high boots!