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3 Trends I Like, 3 Trends I Don’t

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know I like classic pieces that I can re-wear for years. I try to skip some trends because it’s not economical for me to only wear something a season or two before donating it, but other times I think trends are a fun way to add some life to a classic wardrobe. Below are 3 current trends that I like, and 3 I’m skipping:

Trends I like:

  • Statement Earrings are definitely having a moment right now. While statement necklaces are still in style, you’ll see more larger scale earrings being sold and worn by brands across all styles. I really love this trend as I believe it has staying power and adds a lot of interest to my outfits. My statement earring collection has been growing and I’m enjoying this trend to the fullest!
  • Basket Bags have also been popping up over the past few years. I’ve been carrying a vintage basket bag for over 8 years, and now they’re available at many stores including Target. I think the texture and structure of basket bags are gorgeous and I’ll continue carrying my basket bag long after everyone else has moved on.
  • Silk Scarves are another trend that’s come to mainstream fashion as of late. I remember having to find silk scarves second hand in vintage shops and Etsy, and now they’re readily available at major retailers. They are so easy to wear in multiple ways, whether in your hair, around your neck, or around your purse. This is a trend I absolutely love!

 

Trends I Don’t Like:

  • Body Suits (adult onesies): These look good on people, and it’s super nice that the shirt stays tucked in. My reason for not liking these comes from being a new mom because all I can think about is how babies wear these things all the time. 🙂 I understand why this trend is popular and I do agree it looks great, but it’s one that’s not for me. I also like the casual nature of a shirt being imperfectly tucked in and don’t mind having to smooth it out sometimes.
  • Athleisure: I am not against wearing workout clothes outside of working out, in fact, I run most of my errands when I’m coming from the gym. When people are putting on workout clothes because they’re comfortable with no intention of working out, it tells me their main wardrobe doesn’t have comfortable options for them.  More power to you if you like to wear athleisure, but if I’m putting on workout clothes I’m gonna work out.
  • Wide Leg Crop Jean: This is one I think can look good on certain people, but would not work on my frame. It’s something that’s fun to add to your wardrobe, but it’s seems too quick of a trend to invest in it. My advice is to buy a version from somewhere inexpensive so you don’t think twice in a few years when you aren’t wearing it anymore.

Are there any trends you like? How about ones you are skipping? Let me know in the comments!

 

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The Art of Nautical Style

Summer is the best time of year to dress with an ode to the water. Whether you live near the ocean, lakes, or are just a fan, it’s a fun style to incorporate into these hotter months. I have always enjoyed adding a little extra nautical flair to my summer wardrobe, but I have learned a lot through trial and error. Looking back there have many times I’ve gone way overboard (no pun intended) with the style, and now I like to add it in a little more subtly. As always, sometimes I throw out all the rules and go all out because life is too short. 🙂 See my tips below:

Color Palette: Adding a bit of nautical style to your everyday look has a lot to do with the color palette you use. You’ll see mainly primary colors (red, blue, yellow), white, and navy, but you’ll rarely see pink, purple, etc. This is a very classic approach to the style and can be done so pretty easily. I think a fool proof outfit without being too much is to start with navy and white with just a pop of one other color. The outfit above I kept to navy, white, and some brown leather detail, but I also have some red on the silk scarf. The striped shirt, gold buttons on the blazer, and boat shoes are all a nod to nautical style without screaming it.

Dress around one main piece: For this look, I wanted to showcase the striped dress (c/o L.L. Bean and on SALE right now) and accessorized around it. I still kept some nautical details, like the rope belt, but if I weren’t on a boat I would have swapped out boat shoes for leather wedges. I try to keep accessories simple because you can easily find a LOT of nautical style accessories and be tempted to wear them all at once. Stripes are always a great way to add in the nautical element but can be worn all year round.

Go old school: I have an affinity towards old school style nautical items, like the print on this dress, or 80’s/90’s Ralph Lauren nautical items that are loud and fun. (I’ve always wanted this Ralph Lauren dress and found it last summer on Poshmark for only $25!) I try to keep the rest of the outfit more subtle, like the rope bracelet and belt, but overall the print makes it a bolder choice and perfect for summer by the water.

 

What to Wear When You Know You’re Getting Engaged

Six years ago Joe asked me to marry him! We had been dating for awhile, had discussed wanting to get married, and he even had me pick out a ring. I knew the engagement was coming eventually, but he had told me the ring was taking a long time and I assumed we’d be getting engaged sometime at the end of summer. So although I knew it was coming, I was completely caught off guard when he asked me to marry him in May! To prove I was surprised you can see the photo where I had blue nail polish on at the end of this post. I like the color but it’s not something I’d choose if I knew I was getting engaged. 😉

I love when engagements are surprises, but if you have a feeling you’re getting engaged and need to pick out an outfit, I’ve got you covered.

Consider the venue:
Do you know where you’re getting engaged at? Try to dress with that in mind so you are not extremely under or over dressed for the occasion. You probably won’t be wearing a formal gown to a beach, jeans to a fancy restaurant, etc. You’ll also want to bring a few items in case of emergencies, like a tide-to-go pen, safety pens, oil-blotting facial tissue, etc.

Comfort and style:
I’m always happier when I’m comfortable, so while I don’t suggest getting engaged in sweat pants, you might not want to be breaking in your new shoes that day. We have a tendency to want to wear what we have that’s brand new, but don’t sacrifice style for comfort when you can have both. Wearing what you feel best in is key, and that should be something you’ve worn before.

Go simple and classic:
This is a moment you’ll look back on for a long time, so if you happen to know you’re getting engaged, I’d wear something that photographs well that you love. I’d stay away from something really trendy that will look completely dated in a few years, or something with a busy pattern that might not photograph well.

Don’t sweat the small stuff:
This is a special moment for the two of you, so if your hair isn’t perfect, your outfit gets ruined somehow, or something else doesn’t go the way you wanted it to, that is completely O.K. Everyone’s engagement story is different and those details make yours unique.

Have you been engaged? What were you wearing for that moment?

Best Legging Pants

Just as a disclaimer – this is NOT a sponsored post, in fact, I really hate dealing with this company and they have horrible exchange policies so be mindful of that. I wouldn’t’ have done a blog post on this if I didn’t like the pants so much!

Uniqlo Legging Pant

I’ve always had a hard time with finding great fitting pants. I want something that I can tuck into boots easily, but most leggings are too tight and look like leggings. I’m not at the point where I’m OK wearing straight up leggings as pants. It has to have some detail to make them look like real pants. 🙂 Behold, these legging pants are much nicer than any legging or “jegging” I have ever met!

Jackie Greaney told me about these pants when I was pregnant because they make a maternity version of them and she’s worn the regular version and told me to try it. I ended up getting a white pair and loved them during my pregnancy so much so that I wanted to try the regular legging pant version afterwards. I got the white pair and the dark denim and love them both. They are a thicker material than most leggings, and while they have an elastic waist, it’s not shown that way. It has a button, belt holes, etc., all without the zipper. They are super comfortable and flattering. I got them two weeks ago and have worn each pair 3x’s each.

For sizing, I would go one size up just to be safe since they’re return policy isn’t generous. I am usually a small but they felt a tad tight so I went up to a medium and they are perfect. They go on sale a lot so if you aren’t in any rush you could wait for them to be $20 each, but even at $29 they are a great deal.

If you are like me and struggle with finding pants that look fitted, maybe give these a try. Check out all the variety of legging pants and let me know what you think!

What to Wear When You’re Pregnant

This is a post I’ve wanted to do for awhile and the main reason behind it is my own experience with the frustrations of dressing while you’re pregnant. When I first started to need maternity clothes (end of first trimester), I got extremely discouraged by the lack of styles available and also information I could find online on how to dress. Like many other women, honing my personal style isn’t just about looking great but about feeling great. Pregnancy attire can take a lot of that away from you, especially if your style isn’t quite maternity friendly (like having an entire closet of button down shirts that you like to tuck into pants…). I searched high and low for tips and tricks and came up short. It wasn’t until I found a mom whose style I liked and looked at her pregnancy outfits that I found some encouragement and inspiration that I can keep my personal style during the pregnancy with just a little bit of effort.

Goals:

  • Incorporate your regular wardrobe as long as possible.
  • Ability to keep your personal style and feel “put together”.
  • Strategically purchase items that will stretch your current wardrobe and save you money.

Go-To Retailers

  • Old Navy
  • Gap
  • Target
  • Uniqlo

A quick note on retailers: very FEW brands do maternity and do it well, and less places are carrying maternity in-store for you to try on. I had good luck shopping the sales at Old Navy and Gap, getting basics at Target (t-shirts, etc), and then maternity leggings at Uniqlo. It’s key to get things that you’ll wear over and over again, and maybe only an item or two for a special occasion. I bought a dress for Christmas and then one for my baby shower, but I only wore those items once. I avoided maternity only stores because they tended to be pricey and I’d rather spend my money on clothes I can wear after the baby.

Bottoms

Bottom pieces are going to be the first things you notice you need “maternity” versions of. I definitely wore leggings throughout my pregnancy more than any other time in my life, but it really felt nice to have “real” pants as options. There are three main types of pants – side panel, demi, and over the belly. I found all three of these from the Gap website and ordered one of each to see what I liked and returned the rest. I found the demi to be most comfortable for me.

  • Over the belly pants and leggings look really strange, but they are great for the end of the second trimester and the whole third trimester. I found they didn’t fit as well for me before that.
  • I also bought non-maternity leggings a size or two bigger than normal and was able to wear them almost right up to the end.
  • I avoided skirts completely once my “bump” appeared because I thought it looked unflattering where the top of the skirt hit.

Dresses

Dresses are fantastic for warm weather pregnancies, and although I was pregnant in mostly the winter I did buy a few that I wore quite a bit. I definitely didn’t wear dresses as much as a summer pregnancy would because most cold days you are looking to wear pants.

  • Buy ones that can be styled a few ways. I got a plain navy dress and I wore it a lot because it could be dressed up and down for different occasions (pictured below on the left).
  • Empire waist dresses work great, even if they aren’t maternity. The photo above was one of my favorite dresses that had a forgiving waist that allowed me to wear it 6 months pregnant to a wedding. I was so happy it fit!
  • If you’re looking to accentuate your “bump”, a belt can turn your dress into a nice maternity look.

Tops:

This is very important since it will have to fit over your growing belly for as long as possible. Look for basics that can be layered under other pieces. I bought maternity gray and white t-shirts, as well as maternity gray and white turtlenecks and used them non-stop to layer under other pieces that weren’t maternity. I’m also a big fan of button down shirts and found ones I liked from Old Navy and also larger sizes of Ralph Lauren button downs that I received second hand.

  • If you don’t own them already, purchase a few long cardigans in neutral colors that will go with your wardrobe. I had a navy, gray, and green one that I wore up until the day I gave birth. I can also still wear them after since they just go over the arms and drape around you.
  • I wasn’t into showing off my bump, so I found capes and wraps to be nice for my style and kept me warm in the colder months.
  • I found oversized sweaters at the thrift store that I loved alongside borrowing my husband’s sweaters at the end of my pregnancy.

Outwear:

If you happen to be pregnant during a time where you’ll need to wear outwear, it can be frustrating figuring out how to stay warm when you’ve got a bump to cover. Until later in your pregnancy, you can get away with wearing jackets and being able to zip them up, but a time comes when you won’t be able to. I was pregnant from June – late February so I got the brunt of winter and bought a maternity coat. If you aren’t going to be big during the majority of winter, you can get away with not buying one.

  • I enjoyed wearing vests as a light layer, especially since I don’t zip them up even when I’m not pregnant.
  • I did buy a maternity coat and was glad I did. If I was spending less than a month in the winter being pregnant, I wouldn’t have bought one, but with the timing of mine it was worth it. There were several horrible snow storms that I was so glad I could zip my parka all the way up over the bump.
  • There are maternity coats that have a panel in front that you do without after the pregnancy meaning it turns into a non-maternity coat afterward. I didn’t like how this style looked, and also didn’t need another non-maternity coat. I found my maternity parka inexpensively during Old Navy’s online Black Friday sale.

Shoes:

Summer pregnancies are nicer in this case because you can wear sandals towards the end if your feet swell. I didn’t have swelling in my feet until the last two months, but it was very painful and left me with very little to wear. Thankfully all my boots were a half size larger (I always size up to accommodate thick socks), and my mom is a half size larger and let me borrow a few pairs to get me through the end.

  • Consider getting a pair or two of really comfortable shoes for the end of your pregnancy if you find you can’t fit into any of your current pairs. If you’re looking to save money, just buy inexpensive shoes and add comfortable insoles to them.

Workout Clothes:

If you weren’t working out before your pregnancy, doctors advise you don’t start anything new afterward, however you should be doing some sort of physical activity. I did not enjoy being pregnant, but I had a fairly easy delivery and I credit it to all my time spent in the gym! With that being said, it’s frustrating to not only have to compensate your normal wardrobe but then your workout clothes too. I got VERY lucky because Lucy Activewear got absorbed by The North Face and I was able to pick up maternity workout clothes for a fifth of the price it normally was.

  • If you workout a lot (few times a week), the Bao Bei band is for you! I had a friend recommend it and I LOVED it. I was so worried my abs would split or I’d be putting too much pressure on my body with the added weight of the bump, and this thing is like a sports bra for your belly. It’s not cheap, but it was worth every penny for me. If you don’t workout as often or are doing low impact activity, feel free to skip this!
  • Tops are fairly easy to buy until the third trimester. I would buy looser, larger tops, and only at the end did I pick up a few maternity tops. I bought these at Old Navy and Gap and found most of it during their Christmas sales.
  • Bottoms are a little tougher, but you’ll find your leggings should work for a lot longer than your non-maternity wardrobe. Near the end, only leggings that had a really low band would work other than maternity workout pants. Maternity workout leggings usually come with REALLY high bands that go over the bump and ones that sit right under. I found I liked the ones that went over the bump for support.
  • Shoes weren’t a problem for me, but if your feet are swelling I’d just pick up a cheap pair to get you through the end. My tennis shoes were some of the most comfortable things I’d wear during the whole pregnancy.

My friend Katrina is due in September! She is going to be one stylish pregnant lady!

Other:

Rings: My wedding ring stopped fitting near the end and only recently (4 weeks post partum) does it fit again. I had another ring that was always bigger on me that I’d wear, but also had a silicone ring that I normally wear to the gym that I would wear as well. Feel free to skip a ring if you’d like, or wear it around your neck. Never force a ring that doesn’t fit!

Swim: I bought a maternity swimsuit during an Old Navy holiday sale for $10 and I’m glad I did. I had access to an indoor pool year round at my gym and used it a few times both for leisure and aqua classes. I couldn’t believe how nice it felt to swim while pregnant – you feel like your old self again! Although I only wore it a few times, I thought it was worth it since I didn’t pay a lot and it felt so nice to take pressure off my joints during the end.

Overall tips:

  • Stay optimistic! You’ll get discouraged from time to time being able to wear less of your closet but don’t give up. Looking “put-together” when you don’t feel like it will lift your spirits and make you feel like your old self.
  • Get creative with wearing items a few ways. I utilized Pinterest a lot to search an item and see how many different ways it could be styled.
  • Buy items you’ll wear a lot, with a few exceptions (special events).
  • Buy second hand, or find a friend who had been pregnant that can loan you a few things. You’ll be surprised how many women are willing to share their maternity clothes with you. I was very fortunate to have a few friends and family members who loaned me items that got me through my pregnancy!

Winter Olympics Style

The Winter Olympics start this weekend and my favorite part is Team USA ‘s opening and closing ceremony outfits designed by Ralph Lauren. I especially think the winter ones are always so great and leave me wanting everything in the collection. You can buy the same items from the Ralph Lauren website, but they’re pretty pricey and usually have the year on it. It’s no secret I love wearing the American flag, so I rounded up some of my favorite items below that have the Winter Olympics feel to it with the flexibility to wear it in the future.

Noteworthy – I’m a big fan of the RL Flag sweater (I have it in cream and navy), but they tend to be a lot of money on the website for adult sizes. I have seen them at the outlet for less, and also find the boy sizes to be a nice alternative. A medium in boys would fit a women’s XS, a large would fit a women’s small, and a XL would fit a women’s medium. All of mine are boy’s sizes from the outlet and I’ve never paid more than $40 for one, and one of them was $20! I have shorter arms and torso so it works for me, but I always recommend trying on first.

 

team usa mittens / vineyard vines shep shirt  / RL flag sweater / needlepoint flag hat (highly recommend and can get year round use)

flag beanie / flag pillow / flag tote

flag tote (I have this and love it!) / flag scarf / danner boots / north face stars scarf

 

What is your favorite part of the Winter Olympics?

 

 

Non-Maternity Items I’ve Bought

I haven’t bought many clothes in general since being pregnant, and the majority of clothes I have been purchasing have been maternity staples. Honesty, it’s been sort of nice being in this state where normal clothes don’t fit me because when I do want a non-maternity item, I put more thought into it. Because it’s something I can’t wear right away, I have to really want it in order to purchase it. With that being said, the items below are all non-maternity items, most which cannot be worn until after pregnancy, that fit my standard for a “must have” item for the future.

Tuckernuck Earrings (sold out): Of course I can wear whatever earrings I want while pregnant, but these are so spring/summer that I probably won’t be wearing them until after the baby anyway. I SO badly wanted these earrings when they came out last spring, but couldn’t bite the bullet at $88. I ended up getting them for $17 + free shipping recently during their sale, and cannot wait to wear them when the weather gets warmer.  They’re sold out of the color I got but they still have other colors online.

ROW ONE

Lilly Shift in Multi Sea Salt & Sun: An item I wanted when it first came out was this Lilly Pulitzer dress in this pattern. It reminds me of 1990’s Florida and I really love the fun print! It was marked down to $65 in their latest after party sale and I couldn’t resist. I got a little bigger than my normal Lilly size, so we will see how well it fits once summer comes.

Abercrombie Fair Isle Sweater: This isn’t an item I bought, but asked for from my parents for Christmas. I’m a sucker for fair isle and loved this red version of it. I’m looking forward to wearing it next December!

Vineyard Vines Funnel Neck Shep Shirt: I found this piece on Poshmark with the tags still on it. I wanted to know if the sizing was similar to their other Shep Shirts so I wanted to find the old listing for it on the VV website to read the reviews. What I found was it’s still for sale on their website currently, yet for some reason this lady was selling it on Poshmark, and I ended up paying $35 for it. The reviews all said it ran large, so when it came I tried it on and the XS fits me… at 35 weeks pregnant. They are easy to shrink so I’ll be attempting to shrink it after the baby comes. 🙂 I’m really happy with the style and quality of the item and recommend it to anyone interested in adding a fun piece of Vineyard Vines to their wardrobe!

 

ROW TWO

Talbots Gingham Half Zip: I saw this on IG friend Devon’s story and instantly loved it! I got it for $25, and it looks like it’s still at that price. It’s a really warm fleece and has a cool navy feature on the top and back of the shoulders similar to a shep shirt. It’s an item that can be worn in cold weather when you’re sick of your normal winter clothes and want something “fresh” looking, and I’m hoping it can bridge the gap between winter and spring after the baby comes.

J. Crew Nordic Boots (Sold out): This is another item I asked for from my parents for Christmas. I LOVE these boots and featured them in an earlier post. They are extremely warm and comfortable, and may be the only shoes that are truly pleasant for my feet these days. I’ve been wearing them frequently for a month and they’ve proven to be a little more high maintenance than I’d like. They are not very waterproof so you have to waterproof them yourself. I used an entire can of nubuck leather waterproofing spray (three layers), and they look great, but if I get a little snow on them they seem to dry kind of funny. No permanent markings have been made so far, but I wish they were a little lower maintenance. The look and feel of them make up for the trouble!

Hunter Boots: This is the last item I didn’t personally purchase since it was a Christmas gift from my husband. It’s an item I can wear while pregnant, although I know they will fit much better once I deliver my baby and my feet/leg swelling goes away. It’s a fun addition to my wardrobe!

THIRD ROW

Old Navy Activewear leggings / jacket / leggings: I’m a fitness instructor so I had to purchase a lot of maternity workout items the further I got along, and got really lucky because the brand Lucy is being absorbed into North Face and had all their maternity items on sale for $12-$20. I wasn’t planning on buying any activewear that wasn’t maternity but I couldn’t resist this print Old Navy came out with recently. It’s very rarely you find “preppy” workout clothes and I loved the navy and stripes. They almost remind me of the J. Crew activewear line, but I’ve had good luck with Old Navy workout clothes in the past, but haven’t heard great things about many of the J Crew pieces.

Help Me Pick A Rain Jacket

It’s been a tiny bit milder in Michigan this week and we’ve had a tons of rain that has washed all the snow away. Naturally, I’m thinking spring and have my eye on adding a new rain jacket to my spring coat collection. I have a very old, lightweight yellow coat, but it doesn’t have a hood, the fit is a little tight for layering, and the color is more of a darker “fall” yellow. I’ve decided it’s time to get what I really want! I’ve narrowed it down but could use a little help deciding. Here’s what I’m working with for my decision:

  • I’ve always wanted a classic yellow rain jacket, but my only hesitation is that my husband Joe owns a yellow rain jacket that he really loves. Anytime it rains even a tiny bit, he’s wearing it. It may seem trivial, but do I really want to be matching my husband in bright yellow rain coats? It’s one thing to both being wearing navy or black, but imagine a Caucasian, blonde married couple walking around in bright yellow coats – we would be snap chatted by strangers for sure!
  • Secondly on the yellow color – I see it often on models with darker hair and it’s a lovely contrast. I’m worried the yellow might wash me out a little bit or just not look as good on me with having lighter hair.
  • I prefer toggle hooks, specifically a lighter color rope. I love the way they look and the nautical style they add to a jacket.
  • A hood is a must-have, and I love that each jacket below has a contrasting hood.
  • The footwear I’d most likely be wearing would be red Hunter boots, dark green rain boots, or duck boots.

  1. The Long Seafolly Jacket by Seasalt Cornwall (a UK brand), has many of the things I’m looking for: great shade of yellow, really nice toggle closures, contrasting hood. I kind of like that it’s on the longer side since most of my other spring jackets aren’t like that. The downside is because it’s shipped from the UK, I may have a harder time figuring out my size and then it’s a risk of whether or not it will fit. It’s a bigger pain to return it if I don’t like it in real life.
  2. The Classic Raincoat by Land’s End is really cute with the stripes and the inside lining is a cheery yellow. I like the look and length on it, but I’m afraid it will make it a little harder to find something to wear with it. I wear stripes a lot and with this jacket there would be a whole lot of stripes! I don’t like having to think twice about grabbing a jacket and I may do that with this one because of the pattern. The stripes would look good next to Joe’s yellow rain coat though! 😉
  3. The Coast Waterproof Jacket by Joules is the only option that doesn’t have toggle closures on the front, but it seems pretty heavy duty for the rainiest of weather. The hood is really cute, so I can assume the whole thing is lined in the navy stripes. It says the fit is boxy, but that’s fine since I’m not looking for a really fitted jacket for rain. This may be my least favorite option, but when I look at the other photos online of it, it’s growing on me. They don’t have my size right now, but it seems to be a product that is around year round and gets restocked often.
  4. The Whitby Waterproof Jacket by Boden is the front runner in mind, but I still have some hesitation. If you click through the link and look at the other images, the material seems off, like it’s extra wrinkly (is it just me?). I love the toggles but not sure if I’m a fan of the sideways triangle that holds them. One reviewer said the yellow was more of a dull, mustard yellow, which might be fine by me but I think I would like a more cheerful shade if I’m being picky. This one always stuck out to me because it checks the most boxes of what I’m looking for.
  5. The Whitby Waterproof Jacket by Boden again, but in this cute, blue gingham pattern. It looks amazing, and while I have the same reservations as the yellow version, I still am attracted to it. Again, it may give me less options for what to wear since I probably wouldn’t wear gingham or smaller stripes underneath it, but it would look fine next to Joe’s yellow coat. 😉 It’s more of a statement piece, so I can still see myself wanting a yellow coat even if I got this one.

What are your thoughts? Please let me know what you would choose if you were me below in the comments – THANK YOU! 🙂

Bundled Up

beanie – ll bean (sold out) / vail parka – j crew factory / striped shirt – abercombie (last year) /

corduroy leggings c/o lands end / nordic boots – j crew

I tend to gravitate towards pops of red in winter outfits to brighten up the mundane and bring a little après ski style to my everyday looks. It’s easy to deviate towards a very neutral color palate after the holidays but I’m a big fan of color and believe everyone should be adding it a little bit into their outfits.

Two items I want to highlight in this outfit are the leggings and boots. The leggings are corduroy leggings from Land’s End and have been in heavy rotation all winter long. I have had the tan pair for years and this year got the navy pair. It’s hard to tell in photos but they are thicker and much nicer looking than regular leggings. Land’s End runs sales pretty often so you can find a deal and try them. I can guarantee you’ll love them as much as I do! I wear a XS normally in them, but bought this pair in a medium for pregnancy purposes and they’ve been fantastic.

These boots are AMAZING. I cannot begin to describe how much I love them.  I was so hesitant about asking for these, and when I got them for Christmas I couldn’t be happier. They are extremely high quality in every way – the entire thing is shearling lined, they’re comfortable, they come with two pairs of laces (red and neutral), and can be worn with the flaps up or down for two different looks. They’re made of nubuck leather so I was told you should waterproof them before wearing. I used this product and ended up doing three layers before wearing them out in the snow. They got a LOT of snow on them from this quick shoot and dried very nicely. I wouldn’t wear them in heavy snow for long periods of time, but they’re perfect for everyday winter conditions. Walking in sludge, salt, a little snow, and then keeping my feet warm and dry  – I couldn’t be happier!

My feet have been hurting SO badly for the last month and these are a nice relief. I’ve been wearing them almost everyday. Thankfully it’s easy to create cute outfits around them! 🙂

What type of outfits have you been gravitating towards?

Do you find winter (post holidays) easy or hard to dress for?

 

Top Winter Boot Picks

sorel / clarks / ll bean

 

Growing up and residing in Michigan, we have had more than our fair share of winter weather. I rely heavily on my winter boots to get me through the season, and have rounded up what I believe are the best of the best! I’ll go over my pro’s and con’s of each below:

Warmest: Sorel Boots

The pair I’m wearing above isn’t available anymore, but from my research both online and asking friends who own the Joan of Arctic pair, they tend to agree that they are the warmest of the bunch! Whenever I’m going to be outside for a long period of time, but not in snow (think paved sidewalks, etc.), these are my go-to.

Pro’s: Extremely warm and comfortable!

Con’s: Can be bulky, doesn’t transition well to indoor wear.

Most Waterproof: L.L. Bean

It’s no secret I love L.L. Bean – especially the Bean Boots! I own the thinsulate 8″ pair, and find they’re great for 3 season use (fall-spring). I use the L.L. Bean boot guard to waterproof the leather at the beginning of every season and they’ve held up fantastic over the past three years of pretty regular use and abuse. I don’t think they’re the warmest choice since the thinsulate option really means it insulates the bottom portion only, but with thick socks they’re not bad. L.L. Bean does make Bean Boots that are notoriously warm such as the Wicked Good Bean Boot and the Shearling Lined Bean Boot, but they’d be way too warm for use in the fall, spring, or indoors. I bet the Shearling Lined version would be a contender for “best overall”.

Pro’s: Attractive, very waterproof, guaranteed by the company, can be worn 6 months out of the year and transitions easily to being worn indoors without being too warm.

Con’s: Not the warmest option if you’re outside for longer periods of time, thinsulate only insulates the bottom and not the rest of the foot.

Best Overall: Clark’s Mazlyn Arctic

When the weather gets its roughest both in freezing temperatures and lots of snow, these are my go-to pair! I’ve own them for five years and they still look brand new even though I’ve put a lot of miles on them. When I go snowshoeing or long walks in the snow, I always opt for these because they are the best of both worlds. Being both extremely warm and waterproof, they’ve served me well. I wouldn’t opt for any other boot for being outdoors for long periods of time and being able to keep my feet warm and dry. The red laces are a pretty nice touch too!

Pro’s: Warm, waterproof, the top part can be folded down for a different look, high enough to be a great choice in deep snow, traction on the bottom of the boot for slick areas

Con’s: Not many, but they seem to fit a little too snug when I wear thicker socks. Thankfully I don’t need too thick of socks with these.

 

Do you have a winter boot you love? I’d love to know!

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