The last few weeks have been one of the rare times I’m glad I’m not a full-time style blogger. All I’ve wanted to do is hibernate indoors, curled up in cozy loungewear and wait for spring. Not take outfit photos. And you’d think that for someone who lives in Wisconsin, I’d be champing at the bit to show off a closet full of cold-weather clothing. I don’t have that. I have a closet full of dresses that are aching for spring as I don the same ensembles over and over again until the weather warms up. So, my sartorial goal for next month is to hone my winter style and add a few new pieces to my wardrobe that don’t make me completely hate the season!
J.Crew Factory sweater (old; similar here and here) | LOFT skirt (old; similar here and here) | J.Crew coat (similar) | Calvin Klein tights | Paravel backpack | Hunter boots | Prada sunglasses | Julie Vos ring (c/o; similar) | Monica Vinader ring (similar)
Last week I couldn’t stop singing Paul Oakenfold’s “Starry-Eyed Surprise” as I worked on the post for my star-print dress and now I can’t stop singing T-Pain’s “Low,” specifically the “boots with the fur” lyric, for obvious reasons. (My music choices are questionable, I realize this.) Hiking boots really aren’t my thing, but I fell in love with this quasi-practical pair because of the speckled navy and tan fur. It’s such an unexpected accent on a winter staple, and it’s pretty fun to boot. (See what I did there? 😉 ) I walked a few miles in them on Saturday and they stayed comfortable and plenty warm. Admittedly, we weren’t exactly experiencing true Midwestern winter temperatures at the time, but they seem like they’ll be a good choice when I’m not actually trudging through snow.
The snow will be flying before we know it, and while I love how a blanket of white makes the holidays feel more festive, I’m not terribly excited about trekking out in it! I typically reach for my Hunter boots. No, they’re not warm and they’re certainly not insulated, but they are waterproof and they’re a decent option for short jaunts when worn with a pair of thick hiking socks. On the more practical side of things, I have a pair of L.L. Bean boots for when I actually need to be outdoors for an extended period of time. (These will be especially handy this year, since we’ll have to shovel and snow blow now that we have a house!) But I’ve been on the lookout for something in the middle of these two. I want something fashion-forward, comfortable enough to walk a couple of miles in, looks cute with both jeans and dresses, and would keep my feet warm. It’s a tall order and I’ve been obsessively searching for cute options over the last month. I finally ordered these to try and thought I’d share some of the others that were on my short list this season in case you’re in the same boat.