Posts tagged with ‘winter’

--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…


…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.  

These cozy-looking Rachel Rachel Roy sweaters are on sale—the one on top is $129 (from $189) and available in S, M and L. The one on the bottom is marked down to $59 (from $139) and is available in XS and M. 

Get your own plaid blanket scarf from Nordstrom (by Lauren Ralph Lauren). They’re $58 each. 

thepreppyhippielife asked: I have a men's question. Glen texted me today to say he can't deal with the cold office temps anymore and needs sweaters. He wears a pressed shirt and pants to work (with or without a tie) everyday. Do you have suggestions for what I can get him?

Disclaimer: I am definitely not a menswear expert! But I may have found a few things that could work. Gap’s Merino v-neck sweaters are just $40-$50 a piece and you can take 35% off with code NEWSTYLE. Gap has changed their mens fit a little bit in the past year or so. Their things are more tailored now and less like sister company Old Navy’s universal boxy, shapeless fit. If he prefers crewneck sweaters, Gap has those too—for $50 in a cotton-cashmere blend. 

J.Crew Factory has some good sweater options right now and you can take an extra 30% off with code FORYOU. I love shawl collar cardigans ($68). 

If you don’t mind doing a little bit of hunting (for colors, sizes), J.Crew is discounting all sale items by 40% today with code FUNSALE. This lambswool crewneck is already discounted to $50 (from $75). GREAT deal. Also loving this full-zip sweater ($150 from $168). 

Stay warm! 

Tall boots that are tall enough

Got this question:

Hi Jaclyn - while I am not nearly as tall as you, I do have long limbs and a long torso. I have found it difficult to find tall boots that are truly “tall” on my calves - most hit 3/4 up my leg. Am I buying the wrong tall boots? Where have you had luck? Thanks!

— lifeandeliza

I hear you! I don’t worry about this as much as I used to, but I understand your frustration.

To help narrow down boot styles that will actually be long on you, I suggest searching for knee-high or (most crucially) “over the knee” boots. If most boots that are supposed to be tall on you only come 3/4th of the way up your leg, an over the knee boot might hit exactly where you want it to. 

In my experience, Chinese Laundry and Steve Madden cut their boots pretty high. I’d look for a boot with a shaft height of at least 18”. Check out these super-pretty Steve Madden boots ($79-$150). They’re 20.5” high. I LOVE these ASOS black leather boots ($98 from $163). These Chinese Laundry boots are available in cognac and black and also really high. They’re $74-$105. 

This Steven by Steve Madden pair is quite tall (22”) and I love how streamlined they look. If you’re a size 7, check out this Chinese Laundry pair on sale from Nordstrom for $67. I love a mini wedge boot and this Chinese Laundry pair is just $79. For a GREAT deal, there is a suede Chinese Laundry boot on DSW marked down to $50 (from $109). 

Dolce Vita makes higher boot styles too. (I have a pair of Dolce Vita boots I love.) They’re a little pricier, so watch for sales. This black leather pair is $115-$279. I LOVE this buckle detail riding boot style for $66 (from $189) on 6PM. 

Good luck and I hope this helps!