I took advantage of the snow a few weeks ago to photograph this military style coat. I’ve had this coat for a few years and it’s one of my favorite winter pieces. However, you wouldn’t be able to guess that because of how little I wear it. Unfortunately, the constant rain in Portland prohibits me from rotating my winter coats around. You’ll probably find me running around in my rain jacket on most days, just trying to stay dry.
Now, enough about the weather and let’s get back to talking about this coat. I love pieces that make a statement and stand the test of time, and I think this coat does just that! It’s also one of those pieces that is very versatile. You can wear it like I did here for a more preppy look. You can also go for a retro mod look like I did in this post. Or, if you want to channel your inner rocker, you can put on a pair of distressed jeans, ankle boots and a white tee. The outfit possibilities are endless, really.
The other two pieces in this outfit are some that don’t get too much love from me either. My mom gifted me this cowl neck sweater a while back, and I had never worn it until recently. I thought the length made me look a little short, but it’s nothing that a pair of ankle pants and heels won’t fix.
Speaking of ankle pants, I’m hoping to get more use out of this pair from Gap as we transition into spring. I bought them for my trip to South America but haven’t worn them much since. I think part of the reason is that I don’t really know what to wear them with. So, if anybody has any suggestions as to how I can style them, please feel free to give me some advice in the comments below.
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Military Style Coat (Similar) | Cowl Neck Sweater (Similar) | Gap Bi-Stretch Pants in Olive
As you probably already know, layering is a challenge for me. It’s hard to master the art of layering when you haven’t had many opportunities to practice it. However, one thing I have learned is that having solid go-to pieces makes all the difference. Gone are the days when I solely gravitated towards pieces that I thought were cute. Nowadays, I consider functionality to be equally as important. That’s where this cozy camel coat you’ve seen me wear all season long comes in. It’s knit, warm, and completely eliminates the need for excessive layering on chilly days. And it also makes me look stylish .
Of course, a good coat can only go so far. You also need to have some solid base layers if you want to feel comfortable in freezing temperatures. For instance, I’m wearing a flannel shirt as well as fleece-lined leggings underneath my jeans. Flannel pieces have become a favorite of mine during the cold winter months. What I like about flannel pieces is that if temperatures are mild, sometimes you can get away with only wearing that one layer. I also like wearing flannel shirts as light jackets once temperatures start getting a bit warmer.
Now, let’s talk about those layering pieces you can’t see in these photos. If you’ve never heard about fleece-lined leggings before, let me tell you that they’ve been a lifesaver for me this winter. As you can probably tell from these photos, they are not bulky at all, so you can still rock skinny jeans on those very cold days. If you don’t have any leggings laying around the house, a pair of thick tights also does the trick.
Now that you’ve heard all about mine, what are some of your winter essentials?
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Camel Coat (Similar) | BDG Plaid Shirt (Similar) | Madewell High Rise Jeans | Cole Haan ‘Bonnell’ Booties | Madewell Transport Tote
I took advantage of the few snow days in Portland to break out this cozy white winter coat. I don’t get many opportunities to wear coats because the constant rain prevents me from wearing anything that is not waterproof. Therefore, I love days when I have more flexibility with my wardrobe.
Since I hardly ever get to wear this coat, I didn’t realize that it can be a bit difficult to style. The key to making a white winter coat work is making it into the focal point of the outfit. This helps prevent your outfit from looking too overwhelming. To style this coat, I kept my outfit pretty simple and wore a navy sweater, olive scarf and boyfriend jeans.
However, the one thing I would change about this outfit is my choice of shoes. Although these Madewell Chelsea style boots are cute, they are not appropriate for snow. Portland is not equipped to deal with snow days, so the sidewalks and streets turn into a huge ice rink after it snowed. Therefore, I definitely slipped and fell on my butt while I was out running errands last week as a result of not having proper footwear. Needless to say, it was as equally painful as it was embarrassing. If anybody has any recommendations for cute and versatile snow boots, let me know your favorite picks!
P.S. How many of you guys attended the Women’s March over the weekend? I attended the march in Portland and it was wonderful to see so many people out there protesting. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to be a better activist and I think this is the perfect time for everybody to make their voices heard. Regardless of your race, gender, sexuality or religion, you have the ability to make change happen. If you’re looking for ways to get involved, check out this great list of suggestions.
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Old Navy Winter Coat (Similar) | Gap Navy Sweater (Similar) | Olive Scarf (Similar) | Old Navy Boyfriend Jeans (Similar) | Madewell Ames Boots (Similar)