H&M sweater, old (option); Old Navy jeans; Logo tank; Lamo boots; Target hat (option); ℅ Fossil watch (similar); Dooney and Bourke bag.
We are currently in the thick of winter up here in northern Michigan and I CANNOT find the will to really try that hard when it comes to what I’m wearing. There’s a thick layer of snow on the ground, the air is frigid, and most of my days are spent either at home entertaining two stir crazy kids or shuttling little people around to various activities. Somedays it feels like an epic achievement if I step out in real pants as opposed to my fleece pants and XL hoodie I constantly wear at home. Hashtag the struggle is real.
What is a girl to do when all this coziness seems to get in the way of her will to be swathed only in fleece and elastic waist pants? She finds a way to make it work without much effort. (This should be my motto at this point, I think?) Here is my fool proof plan to be warm, be comfortable, and still look like you tried just a little bit when it comes to winter style:
The first step? Find a slouchy and cool sweater in a bold pattern that feels like a sweatshirt, but isn’t. I have a couple of ones that I adore (this daisy patterned one is a fave), and I find they brighten my day with the pop of color and pattern, as well as keeping me in that comfort zone I crave. They can be worn with skinny jeans and faux Uggs like above (which I thought I would NEVER wear, but darn it they are WARM!) I think a cool color or pattern is the key here, a plain sweater looks more blah and doesn’t give the same impression.
Next? Rock a bright lip! I swear, all it takes is a bold lip to fake your way into looking put together. I have worn a simple grey sweatshirt and basic skinny jeans out a million times (effort level from 1-10? Um, 1?), and with a swipe of lipstick it becomes more intentional. I love a bright tomatoe-y red, but a bright pink is also great.
Lastly, having a quality bag in this equation makes all the difference. I have a couple of really nice bags and I find they tend to look their best with my most casual looks. It elevates a look and makes it more intentional and pulled together. It’s the same notion of seeing a gal in all workout gear, but toting a designer bag and wearing a leather jacket over it. I like the juxtaposition of casual with dressy. I tend to favor bags in a more neutral color palette because they match and go with everything. This black Kate Spade really rocks my world, as does the classic tan Madewell tote. And SOMEDAY, I swear I will find a way to rock a Louis Vuitton Speedy bag in the classic pattern. Sigh, someday…
Tell me, what is your go to look in the winter months?