Posts tagged with ‘winter’

keeliraye asked: Hi Jaclyn! While I really want to be online booking a trip to the islands for the upcoming winter, I really need to be looking for a pair of boots. The weather man says this is supposed to be the worst winter in history, and on top of hating winter--I have perpetually cold feet. Can you help me find something stylish? And versatile? I like the look of Sorel, but don't know if I really want to be stuck with the snow boot look all winter? Thanks in advance!

If you like Sorel, Sorel’s Slimboot ($180) is an EXCELLENT option for you. It’s much more sleek than their other styles and still features a waterproof shell, knit lining and a rubber tread. Sorel’s Toronto boot is nice too ($180). It has a small wedge heel. Also check out these two pairs: the Conquest ($220) and the Winter Fancy Tall II ($190). The Conquest almost looks like a moto boot. But, like you said, there’s really no mistaking these for anything but snow boots. 

For a more disguised (but still practical) style, there are several options at different price points. They trend pricier. Anyway, ECCO’s tall boot ($210) is nice. It has a warm lining with GORE-TEX construction to help keep your feet dry. I’m a huge fan of Remonte Dorndoff’s leather tall boots ($120). They have a wool lining and a thick treaded sole. Eric Michael’s boots ($210) have a shearling lining. 

SoftWalk’s moto-inspired tall boot ($225) has a high-tech, comfy inner sole, a thick tread and is designed to be pretty rugged weather-wise. If you are going to be walking a lot, these are a good choice. KEEN’s riding boot (about $180) is waterproof. If you want something with a more hardcore tread that’s also less expensive, Tundra’s Bryn boot ($80) is waterproof with a warm lining. Last, North Face’s lace-up Bridgeton boot is waterproof, lined with PrimaLoft insulation and has a rubber outsole designed for winter walking. They’re $175. North Face’s regular Bridgeton boot ($190) is more of a riding boot style with the same weather-proof credentials as the lace-up version. It’s also available in brown. If you can find your size, 6PM has a North Face style from last year marked down to $85 (from $185).  

rosycheeky asked: Oh I just love your picks from Macys!!! Thanks for sharing. Quick question: have you any idea where I can find a simple sweater dress (knee length, NOT mini!)? It seems like there are all kinds of mini sweater dresses but I'd love a simple, elegant, comfy one that goes to my knees!! (I'm 5'8"). If you know of anything please share! Thanks so much :)

Nordstrom has a few that you might like. This Laundry by Shelli Segal dress could work for a business casual office too ($138). If you like midi-length dresses, this French Connection one is pretty ($128). For some color, this pink Eliza J fit-and-flare is fun ($98). 

More business casual options: Jones New York has a great cable sweater dress for $98. I also love this one from Ann Taylor ($109) but it’s almost sold out. Max Studio has a turtleneck sweater dress that would look good with boots and tights ($128). This charcoal Calvin Klein cable knit dress is interesting ($99). This black one ($99) is too. 

If you wanted a more casual dress, I like this BCBGeneration dress ($128) for wearing with leggings and boots. ASOS has an oversized sweater dress with a cowl neck for $110. Old Navy has a simple sweater dress with a shoulder zip for just $39.94. Last, but not least, Target has this drop waist sweater dress for $29.99 and this cute chunky cable knit dress for $35. 

missydotey asked: Fall = sweaters = yay! Unless you're allergic to wool. Any leads on pretty sweaters that won't make me break out in hives?

Sure! 

First, check out Everlane’s French Terry sweater ($40). It’s a good alternative to the sleek Merino wool options that are popular for work attire in fall/winter. 

If you want the look of cable knit but minus the wool, there are two pretty versions at Mango. This one is just $45 and this one is $60. Sanctuary also has a fun version for $69. 

Activewear brands/lines are another good source for non-wool sweaters. They use a lot of synthetics and/or cotton blends instead. This Athleta sweater is pretty ($89) and I love this one too ($69). I love this cardigan by Ideology ($58) or this cozy-looking one from Zella ($68). GapFit restocks sweaters intermittently through the fall/winter (they usually have more jacket options). This one is $39.95. 

Another place you have to look is H&M. They use wool occasionally, but they use synthetics much more often. This over-sized cowl sweater is just $34.95. I like this textured knit too ($25). If you want a more casual tunic-y sweatshirt, this $20 one is a good option. 

Here are a few other random finds: Forever 21’s marled knit sweater is just $24.80. I love this turtleneck sweater from Revolve ($150). Ella Moss has a good french terry sweater ($148) and so does Wilt ($136). 

Macy’s VIP sale is going on right now through the 21st! Use code VIP to get 20% off almost everything, including new arrivals, sale, and clearance items. 
MICHAEL Michael Kors Packable Down Puffer Coat, $124 (from $190) - This is available in a few other colors too.
Fossil Estate North South City Bag, $134 (from $168) 
Style & Co Ponte Knit Faux-Suede Panel Leggings, $26 (from $49) - These look close to a J.Crew Pixie version that is backordered right now. 
Planet Gold High-Low Top, $10 (from $29) - These look like great basic tees to use for layering this fall/winter. Lots of colors available. 
Calvin Klein Faux-Leather Moto Jacket, $109 (from $149) - I like the mixed media sleeves on this. 
JM Collection Faux Leather Trim Sweater, $32 (from $59) - Similar to J.Crew’s leather trim tunic sweater from last season. 
Nike In-Season TR 4 Sneakers, $75 - These aren’t marked down, but I love the black/gray combo. 
Denim & Supply Distressed Jeans, $132 (from $165) - Would look good with ankle boots. 
Aerosoles Boots, $96 (from $120) - If you need a pair of comfortable boots that can withstand a lot of walking, these are a great deal for the quality. (I find Aerosoles stuff lasts a really long time.) 
Tommy Hilfiger Rain Boots, $63 (from $79) - Good for early winter rain/slush. 
Calvin Klein Cable Knit Sweater, $87 (from $109) 
House of Harlow Shark Tooth Stud Earrings, $22 (from $28)


This post was sponsored by ShopStyle in collaboration with Macy’s„ but the items included are things that I independently chose based on my personal preferences. 

Macy’s VIP sale is going on right now through the 21st! Use code VIP to get 20% off almost everything, including new arrivals, sale, and clearance items. 

  1. MICHAEL Michael Kors Packable Down Puffer Coat, $124 (from $190) - This is available in a few other colors too.
  2. Fossil Estate North South City Bag, $134 (from $168) 
  3. Style & Co Ponte Knit Faux-Suede Panel Leggings, $26 (from $49) - These look close to a J.Crew Pixie version that is backordered right now. 
  4. Planet Gold High-Low Top, $10 (from $29) - These look like great basic tees to use for layering this fall/winter. Lots of colors available. 
  5. Calvin Klein Faux-Leather Moto Jacket, $109 (from $149) - I like the mixed media sleeves on this. 
  6. JM Collection Faux Leather Trim Sweater, $32 (from $59) - Similar to J.Crew’s leather trim tunic sweater from last season. 
  7. Nike In-Season TR 4 Sneakers, $75 - These aren’t marked down, but I love the black/gray combo. 
  8. Denim & Supply Distressed Jeans, $132 (from $165) - Would look good with ankle boots. 
  9. Aerosoles Boots, $96 (from $120) - If you need a pair of comfortable boots that can withstand a lot of walking, these are a great deal for the quality. (I find Aerosoles stuff lasts a really long time.) 
  10. Tommy Hilfiger Rain Boots, $63 (from $79) - Good for early winter rain/slush. 
  11. Calvin Klein Cable Knit Sweater, $87 (from $109) 
  12. House of Harlow Shark Tooth Stud Earrings, $22 (from $28)

This post was sponsored by ShopStyle in collaboration with Macy’s„ but the items included are things that I independently chose based on my personal preferences. 

--tigerlilly asked: Hi Jaclyn! I was wondering if you knew where I could get a nice winter parka without breaking the bank? Love your blog!

The best source for quality at an affordable price is Lands’ End. (They often run sales or promotions too. Get 20% off today with code FALLBREEZE and pin 1755.) For lightweight options, I like their fleece-lined parka ($80) and the really chic quilted PrimaLoft-insulated parka ($109). For a heavier, warmer coat, their heathered down parka ($159) is perfect. I like the dark stone color. 

Other cheap options under $100 include this padded parka from H&M ($50) and this similar H&M style for $60. Target doesn’t have a ton of outerwear available yet, but keep an eye out there too. I had a puff coat from Target several years ago and it was very warm. 

If you don’t mind spending a little more, check out ZARA’s ultralight parka ($129) and this insulated version by Noize marked down on Sierra Trading post to $140 from $199. A pricier (but high quality option) is The North Face’s insulated parkas. This one is $180. 

Fall Picks Under $60

I love Emerson Fry’s fall/winter collections each year…

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…but the only problem is that they are crazy expensy. 

Here are some similar items from Forever 21. (And they’re all under $60!)

  1. Heathered Open-Front Cardigan, $24.80
  2. Pointed Slingback Flats, $22.80
  3. Zippered Faux Leather Tote, $24.80
  4. Heathered Knit Hoodie, $17.80
  5. Classic Woven Trousers, $17.80
  6. Striped Knit Top, $13.80
  7. Collarless Textured Knit Coat, $52.90
  8. Distressed Skinny Jeans, $19.80
  9. Textured Knit Varsity Sweater, $24.90
  10. Cable Knit Sweater, $19.80
  11. Paneled Scuba Knit Pants, $22.80
  12. Faux Suede Strappy Wedges, $29.80
  13. Faux Leather Carry-all, $29.90
  14. Buckled Faux Leather Booties, $32.80

This post was sponsored by ShopStyle in collaboration with Forever 21, but the items included are things that I independently chose based on my personal preferences. 

Athleta discounted their midweight wool Diamond Peak Tights to just $39.99 (from $69). Great if you need a layer for a cold weather trip (or skiing/snowboarding) orrrrrr just to survive the next few weeks since it looks like spring is never going to happen. 

Are you a shoe size 5 or 5.5? Snap up these Sorel boots, on sale now for $90 (from $130). 
Some other Sorel boots on sale:
SIZE 6: $164 (from $220)
SIZES 9, 10: $104 (from $140)
SIZE 5: $79 (from $160)
SIZE 5: $98 (from $140)
SIZE 5: $62 (from $125)
SIZES 6, 7.5, 8.5, 9, 9.5 and 10: $184 (from $230)

Are you a shoe size 5 or 5.5? Snap up these Sorel boots, on sale now for $90 (from $130). 

Some other Sorel boots on sale:

Work dresses with long sleeves:

I got this question in my email:

I remember a post you wrote about dresses with long sleeves but I can’t find it. I’m tired of wearing pants to work but most of my *fancy* dresses are for spring/summer. I’ve looked at all my usual stores and online too but everything is sold out or sold out in my size (6-8 small or medium). My office is business casual so dresses don’t have to be too conservative. I just want something warm to wear with tights or leggings.  

I tried to find the post you mentioned and the closest I could find was this one. Not sure if that’s right! Anyway, winter-friendly work dresses are getting really hard to find since retailers are transitioning to spring lines, but I’ll do my best! 

I like this BCBGMAXAZRIA dress—neutral color, good price. It’s $94 (from $198) and still available in size M. You could wear it now with tights or leggings and boots and in the spring with wedges or pumps. 

Ann Taylor has some sale styles you might like and you can take an extra 50% off all sale items today—no code needed. This flounce hem dress ($90 from $120) is pretty. This sweater dress is a more casual work option ($80 from $120). Speaking of sweater dresses, Target discounted this one to $18 (from $30). This Eliza J sweater dress is marked down to $73 (from $98). I love this Ann Taylor sweater dress ($110 from $129). I like this v-neck sweater dress from Lauren Ralph Lauren ($82 from $219)—it’s available in red or black. This J.Crew Factory wool dress is marked down to $52 (from $108). 

Some other bargain options: H&M’s wrap dress is just $25. Target has a shirt dress that is only $21 (from $30). Old Navy’s long-sleeved wrap dress is marked down to $19-$30 (from $33). Another wrap dress option is this Hayden jersey dress on Bluefly for $52 (from $115). 

If you don’t mind paying a bit more, there are a few dresses that caught my eye. This Calvin Klein ($134) would be good if you had a meeting or something where you had to dress more formally. This Kate Spade striped dress is made of wool and is marked down to $179 (from $398). I love this side drape KAMALIKULTURE dress ($96). This Theory shirt/skirt combo dress is marked down now to $110 (from $315) and is still available in size 8 and 10. 

I hope you like one of these! 

curiositykilledcat asked: Hi Jaclyn, I'm really hoping you can help me with my latest style dilemma! I got a loft dress, the LOFT Scuba Pleated Skirt Dress in red, this christmas but I'm having trouble styling it. I would like to wear it to work but as I live in Boston there's no way I can wear it without a sweater/blazer/etc. Any tips on how to winterize it, and the best color(s) that work with that shade of red? Thank you so much!!

Pretty dress! (It’s marked down to $70 with an extra 60% off in cart if anyone else is interested.) 

I get your dilemma. It’s tricky winterizing dresses like this, but I actually think flared skirt dresses look better with black opaque tights than other dress styles. Now shoes: You might have to commute in different shoes (if you don’t already do that), but a heeled ankle bootie would be a flattering shape. You want to mimic the bulk on top with shoes that aren’t too cut too low on your ankle. So—these Steve by Steve Madden wedges ($105 from $179) are similar to what you want to be looking for. These Steve Madden wedges are a good option too ($120 from $170). If you prefer a lower heel, Nine West made a pair of booties this winter that are selling out (and getting great reviews) all over the place. They’re still available from Macy’s ($67 from $129) or Zappos ($78 from $129). If you like a thicker heel, these Steve Madden calf hair booties ($150) are to die for. So cute. 

Wearing higher boots with this dress is an option too. I don’t know if you feel comfortable doing that (some workplaces with a more formal dress code might not like it). Anyway, these Calvin Klein boots ($139) are gorgeous. 

As for covering your arms: I hate the way traditional cardigans look with flared skirt dresses, so that’s why I think you should go for a jacket or a jacket-style sweater. LOFT has a few pretty ones right now. This Melange Open Blazer ($98) is eligible for 40% off with code GET40. Because you’re wearing all black on the bottom, don’t get too matchy-matchy on top. I like the gray of this jacket. Tweed is a GREAT choice. The added texture will look nice. This gray tweed jacket from Ann Taylor ($100 from $129) is eligible for 60% off with code ANNFLASH. Banana Republic is another place to look. I’ll make an exception to my anti-cardigan rule for this jacquard version ($79.50). Get 40% off with code BRSAVE40.