Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful!

So I can't imagine that anyone has been particularly fashionable in this absolutely gross weather we've been enduring recently but if you're looking for what to wear that will make you look more like a snow bunny than an eskimo, read on.

As far as shoes are concerned, don't go running around in your Uggs. They won't dry ever and it will be a total disaster. Hopefully you took my advice from the last post and purchased duck boots, but if not look for lined rain boots, they will be much warmer than your usual puddle-jumpers. To keep your toes cozy wear a pair of wool socks, Smartwool is a great brand and is available at sporting retailers as well as stores like Nordstrom.
These are called latte stripeuccino! Makes you want to put them on and run to Starbucks!

If it is super freezing, wear something under your jeans and layer up on top. In the rare chance that the weather is above 30 degrees, I personally enjoy the legging and oversized sweater look. It just allows me to pretend I'm on some chic ski slope instead of walking to class and trying not to slip and fall. Coordinating gloves and scarf is obviously a must (unless you're wearing a turtleneck sweater) and as mentioned before, please wear a hat. Your body will thank you for it!

If in some rare chance you have never purchased an intense winter coat, it is your lucky month since the recession has brought about sales like never before. Go for something longer that is preferably lined or filled with down. Just invest the extra dollars you're getting from your tax return in a North Face, unless you plan on moving to the Caribbean soon.

Best Wishes in the Snow!


Monday, November 30, 2009

Baby It's Cold Outside!

Lucky for us, it seems that functional fashion is back in style. I highly recommend snagging a pair of duck boots to get you through the muddy/snowy mush you will encounter this winter. Go classic with L.L. Bean or step it up with designer booties like these fur-lined ones from Tory Burch.
Don't forget your poor fingers! Grab some cashmere accessories like gloves, scarves, and hats (we lose most of our heat through our heads, your hair can handle it.) Cream or "winter white" is one of my favorites because it always looks classy and matches with almost everything, which is important when you're spending that extra money for quality. Of course, don't forget to care for it right so it lasts as long as possible.

Keep warm!


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Burberry Love

I just finished up my thesis draft on Burberry for Economics of the Textiles and Apparel Market (I know, it sounds totally terrible) and while spending hours looking for facts, I couldn't help but stumble across some great stuff. Naturally I went looking through the sale section and found this super badass watch, a great way to make any outfit a little "edgier." It even has diamonds on it!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Under the Weather

So unfortunately I've suffered from a little sickness these past few days but it certainly didn't help that the weather was cold and rainy! Here are some tips for how to stay classy when the temperature starts dropping.

I am a firm believer in the cardigan anytime, anywhere. They are most useful in fall when you need to be extra warm outside but it's toasty inside. Try classics from J.Crew or get funky with some from Anthropologie. Here are a few greats I found:

Can't you picture yourself snuggling up with this J.Crew cardi and some hot chocolate?

This green Anthropologie cardi will make any outfit pop and the short sleeves will keep you from getting too warm when you're inside.

Another important thing to consider is footwear. Obviously in the rain, flats are out and boots are in. Rainboots are a must in anyone's shoe closet, but you should also try to invest in a stylish boot that can be weatherproofed to last you a couple of seasons sloshing through puddles.
These Hunter Wellies are a classic, and are most versatile in navy, also look for their welly socks to keep you extra warm in the winter.
Frye boots are an expensive investment but if you treat the leather they will last you a lifetime. Also: Frye boots have been spotted at discount stores such as Marshalls, so keep your eyes peeled savvy shoppers!

Of course, how can you fight off the storms without the proper outerwear? These light-weight coats will keep you dry but not too hot. Both of these choices can be packed up into a small travel bag which is great for on the go fashion!

This Laundry by Shelli Segal jacket has a hidden hood and plenty of pockets to keep your cell phone dry but handy.

Save the best for last, right? I nearly died when I saw this RainForest jacket! Totally waterproof, very chic, this is something my wardrobe needs ASAP. It also has a hood you can zip-in if needed, best find of the day for sure.

Remember: Although it is always important to be fashionable, it is more important to be smart. Nothing is worse than looking like a wet puppy in the rain! Stay dry out there!


Monday, October 12, 2009


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