If you’re anything like me, scarves fall into the category of, “I love them, I want them, but I’d rather buy about 100 other things first!”
Am I right, or am I right?!
Scarves are easily one of the most practical and transformative accessories in our closets, yet why are we always so hesitant to pull the trigger when it comes to scoring that scarf of our dreams? From wool plaid to plush cashmere, winter scarves are going to be the centerpiece of your winter outerwear, so do me a favor, ok!?
Let’s ditch those thin, dinky, polyester poor excuses for a scarf and let’s get down to real scarf business!
Sorry for the radio silence last Thursday/Friday. It was finally the day(s) the moving trucks arrived. I thought I would be more emotional, but between the manual labor and the psychological relief of having the most difficult portion of this move/transition complete, I think I was simply too tired to be sad. Now that we’ve settled into our temporary housing scenario (thank goodness for extremely kind + generous in-laws!), I’m more exited than ever to move onto and INTO the next chapter.
So where were we?! Ahhhh, fashion + lifestyle. It feels good to be back.
This winter has been especially harsh when it comes to the assortment of nasty bugs going around.
Between the extra-severe flu strain and the hard to contain Norovirus (that sh*t can live up to 2 weeks and is impermeable to alcohol-based hand sanitizer!), it’s no wonder that people are dropping like flies — my household included. Today’s post is going to be a quick one, as I’ve got a very cute 5 year old patient to attend to… and a booster seat to replace.
I know, I know… technically Winter 2017 just started a few weeks ago.
However, us lucky folks in Cleveland have gotten to experience Winter 2017’s frozen “kiss” for over a month now. It’s been generally cold, wet and grey since Thanksgiving with spring still a long ways away. Rather than dwell on the negative, I’m going to try to focus on the positive that is winter style. More specifically, Winter 2017 style staples that will fashionably carry us through the season.
When dressing clients for the holiday season, function is especially important — especially in Cleveland.
While lucky ladies in places like LA, Atlanta or Scottsdale have the luxury of a limitless “Winter” wardrobe, us folks living the Lake Erie life know that Winter truly means: bone-chilling cold, darkness, wind, snow and ice. Holiday dressing becomes all the more strategic in order to nail the style piece AND not suffer frostbite or a concussion from when you slip and fall on ice.
Given the recent bitter-cold/snow situation here in Cleveland, instead of “5 Cool Ways To Wear A Black Turtleneck Sweater” this post should be titled, “I Will Be Wearing A Turtleneck Sweater Every Day Until May.”
Just keepin’ it real.
Black is my favorite color and yes, it can be pretty boring, BUT when you get creative with proportions and pairings all-black-everything will soon become your favorite winter look when you’re feeling less than inspired.
Turtleneck: JOE FRESH (currently 60% OFF, under $15 and available in all sizes!) // Jeans: 3 x 1 // Riding Boots: AQUATALIA
This is perhaps the easiest to put together look of the bunch as most women already have all of the basics required. Keep your sweater oversized if you’re going to be pairing with slim fitting skinny jeans and leg hugging boots. The monotone look works here because there are so many textures going on: cable knit, denim and glossy boots. No excuses! This outfit needs to be in your rotation.
Turtleneck: CHELSEA28 // Joggers: GAP (LOVE the heather grey + they’re under $35!) // Ankle-Wrap Sandals: STEVE MADDEN// Coat: KRISTEN BLAKE (such a classic coat for a GREAT price — hurry though, sizes are limited!) // Clutch:CLARE V.
I know some of you have been wary of the jogger style… rightfully so. It’s not the easiest look to pull off if you don’t live a really casual lifestyle or are in an office environment. That being said, trouser/jogger hybrids (like the ones above!) do exist and can be a great addition to your wardrobe. Treat them as you would a traditional dress pant. If the ankle wrap sandal is not practical for you, sub with a HIGH HEEL ANKLE BOOTIE!
This outfit is one of my favorites! Again, proportion is key. Since the miniskirt leaves the legs exposed, keep the turtleneck looser in fit for visual balance. Just add heavy tights for additional coverage and warmth– these FLEECE LINED TIGHTS are a total winter lifesaver.
Menswear is a great place to draw inspiration, especially in bold black and white. Since trousers tend to have a looser cut, try tucking in your sweater to keep your waistline defined and prevent the outfit from appearing too bulky. Oxfords are a comfortable option for day, while a pair of streamlined BLACK PUMPS can be an easy way to transition to night.
There really is nothing fresher than a crisp pair of white jeans… any time of year, really. Yes, Elin is wearing white, yes, it’s winter and yes, it’s perfectly seasonal and appropriate. The heavy knit of her black turtleneck sweater combined with her structured wool blazer give basic white jeans a new life. Try it… you’ll like LOVE it.
SHOP THE LOOK:
How will YOU be wearing your black turtleneck this season?