Style Blog: Winter outfits
Florals for winter? Groundbreaking. Or, at least, I was feeling horribly optimistic on a sunny Monday morning, so colour and pattern it was. If I’m feeling a bit bleak, it always helps to break up my monochrome tendencies. Be the season you want to see in the world, kids.
Sunnies: Ray-Ban (Also thrifted)
I don’t have anything to say for myself, other than that some days are leather pants days, and some are not. Tuesday was definitely the former. And obviously, to avoid looking like I was trying too hard, I threw on a long, plain t-shirt. Definitely giving off those, “I’m clearly too classy to be here, but I’m here anyway,” vibes.
T-shirt: Brandy Melville
Sure, it’s winter. Sure, it’s Ottawa. Being eternally optimistic/ignorant of forecasting means sometimes wearing a leather jacket when it is, in fact, freezing rain outside. Whatever. I stand firm in my belief that a leather jacket makes you instantly cool. I think the evidence speaks for itself.
A NOTE ABOUT THOSE BOOTS: If it hasn’t already been noticed, I wear those pointed-toe black boots almost every day. They don’t necessarily have good traction, so every day outside is like Disney On Ice, but they are supremely comfortable and look good with literally every outfit I own. This has been a PSA.
Jeans: American Apparel
Give me a turtleneck and a high-waisted skirt, and I’ll give you basically my entire winter wardrobe. I live in this kind of look, and I give thanks every day that the ’70s are on trend right now.
Top: I’m pretty sure it’s from Value Village.
Friday was a big day for me. Big, as in, I did not wear a black coat. Shock throughout the town. This is the peach coat of my DREAMS. You could probably fit three of me in it and I will rock it until I die. Light-coloured coats are tricky to keep clean in this world, but honestly, life is just too short not to wear it and say, “To HELL with you, coffee stains!”
Coat: American Apparel
Top: Brandy Melville
Simple, as ever, can be best. All you need is a warm, stylish sweater and the cold weather ain’t got shit on you. I will say I tend to favour darker colours in the winter. Well, year-round, but especially in the winter. This outfit, dark purple blended with a dull blue, is an ideal combination. Just another manic Monday, am I right?
Boots (every picture): Nevada
My number one style advice is always to layer intelligently. Tim Gunn says, “Make it work.” I say “Layer intelligently,” and the poorly-dressed people on the street give me a weird look and walk away. With my outfit here, there’s a lot going on, but it works because some thought went into how the silhouette and presentation would work. The white and grey cardigan under the light, black jacket makes it practical and it also looks pretty sweet, and the scarf brings the look together.
Cardigan: Banana Republic
Scarf: Stolen from my friend Christy
Pants: American Apparel
Much like this photo, some days you wake up and things are just out of focus. Especially in Ottawa in February. Haha! Again, I follow my cold bluish colour aesthetic, though it’s worth noting that this is a women’s sweater. Why? Because clothes have no gender and everyone should feel free to shop from any section of the store! Don’t confine yourself based on arbitrary gender-based commercial layout schemes!
Pants: Marc Jacobs
When I started this week, I started to realize that even though I love my new winter coat (pictured in my Friday outfit below), I should also not forget about some of the others in my wardrobe that can make certain looks pop. For example, pairing this slick black coat with the vibrant yellow of this sweater makes for a striking image. I too often fall into a trap of laziness, falling back on the same looks, when I should always strive to diversify.
It’s Friday. Throw on your perfect coat and a bold scarf and fight your way to the weekend.