Plain cotton socks just don’t cut it in the winter; once they get wet, either from sweat or snow, they stay wet. And wet feet lead to cold feet. Wool socks, however, still provide insulation even when wet, guarding against hypothermia. But since we like our clothing to be as fabulous as it is functional, we’re dying for these angora over-the-knee socks that have a touch of lurex. We like the idea of layering them over tights, slouching them below cropped cords, and letting them peek out from our knee-high boots.
A canvas bag should be relatively un-fussy compared to its leather brethren. This tote bag from the Quality Mending Co., a vintage source in NYC, doesn’t need any bells, whistles, or spangles to show its chic side. Saddle-colored leather trim embellishes this tote just enough so it’s both functional and fabulous. You’ll want to coordinate your outfit with it.
We’re reluctant to admit this … but upon seeing this sleeping bag-like down suit, we emitted an audible “Oooh.” Because if fashion didn’t matter at all, we’d be so much happier walking around in one of these for the winter months rather than our peacoats. Because, really, people: peacoats do not keep you warm. And yet we always pretend they do. Bring on the puffy suit! [Gizmodo] Keep reading »
Cashmere is a soft and luxurious fabric you’ll want to wear all year long, but it’s also one of the most expensive. To get the luxe feel of cashmere without the hefty price tag, go for a blend. This cashmere blend boat-neck sweater from Express is so versatile that you can wear it dressed up or down, but the affordable price lets you also pick up some sparkly accessories to go with it.
CAVI is probably a fashion brand that your guy is more familiar with, since it became known for its men’s embellished military shirt that Jay-Z wore in 2004. But now, CAVI is letting you in on its fashion act with its first-ever women’s collection. CAVI had the “prima donna” in mind for the holiday collection, which features the Night Cap Dress (above) and more trendy items like a faux fur vest. The CAVI woman provides the glamorous counterpoint to the more rugged CAVI man. She has more flair, but also a bit of grit in her style, says CAVI creative director Garth Cabral. You can shop the CAVI holiday collection at Macy’s, and check out more photos of the collection after the jump. Keep reading »
My boyfriend had the bright idea to introduce me to his parents for the first time at their annual holiday party. Fortunately, the party is taking place at their home so it’s more casual than formal. Unfortunately, I have no idea what to wear. Please help me! – Beth
Wow! That’s a doozy. You’re meeting your boyfriend’s parents and all their family and friends on their turf. If there ever was a time to be impressive, now is that time … not to put any pressure on you. I’ve found that “casual” means something different to everyone. Someone might wear a pair of pajama pants for a casual meeting. While for me, “casual” means jeans and heels. So I’ve found that in most “casual” situations it’s best to be slightly dressier. That way you can blend in with the crowd regardless of how they’re dressed. Of course this isn’t the only advice I have for you, Beth. After the jump, find some specific outfit suggestions for meeting your boyfriend’s parents and attending their holiday party. Keep reading »
Apparently, in October, Vogue ran a story that gave “practical advice on how to do as New Yorkers do — and dare to bare your legs this winter …” We’re not sure which NYC women they were talking about exactly, because as far as we understand this is a practice for crazy people. Now the U.K. version of Vogue is discussing how to transition this trend to winter, so you can stay bare-legged through February (we literally just got colder thinking about this). Their suggestions: cozy up with fur, look for skirts with longer hemlines, and lastly to “take tips from the seasoned experts in New York and in the North.” As to what these additional “tips” are, that’s left unanswered.
As you can probably guess, for us, this trend is met with a big, fat “why?” Barring super fancy events, we’d be reluctant to give up protection of the cold on any other day. What do you think of going tights-less in winter? A cool idea? Or an idea that’s literally too cool? [Vogue UK] Keep reading »
The New York Times points out that men’s sweaters are looking very folksy and Nordic this year, backing up their claim with examples by Topman and Ralph Lauren. We’re down with this slightly retro style for the ladies. It recalls all the goodness of winter—cabins, wood fires, skiing, snow. How do we feel about this look for dudes? Cute? Or should it stay on the ski slopes? [New York Times] Keep reading »
Guess what: winter sucks. If you live in the Eastern hemisphere like we do, you know that starting December 1st or so, it can be nearly impossible to go outside and feel even moderately warm. You need armor. And preferably something heavy-duty that doesn’t look crazy (read: no homemade mustache knit caps or scary bank robber-style hats). Our pick? This Topshop faux fur trapper hat, which will keep you cozy and make a statement.