*Full Disclosure: I have weird legs & I’m super translucent & I was going through a weird weight fluctuation thing at the time & I need to get on a stair stepper more.*
Since it’s Texas, our winter only ends up being about three weeks total in the entire year, so when the temperature drops below 60°, you have to break out the sweaters. I was lucky enough to be spending some winter time in Chicago and Colorado, so I got to break out the real winter gear (gloves, long coats, cashmere, thick sweaters, scarves, literally anything warm), but for the most part, I was just sweating through December.
Texas is definitely the personification of the age-old question, “Do you dress for the season or the weather?” My answer is both. You obviously can’t wear a three-inch thick wool turtleneck in 80° weather, even if it’s January. And I literally mean can’t, because you would probably pass out or sweat through it. But wearing, like, white open toe shoes are also a little inappropriate, no? Or bright florals, as opposed to a more muted winter floral.
Muted colors, over-the-knee boots, jackets, and sleeves are some of my favorite things about fall and winter. I’m not a huge fan of having my legs and arms uncovered (this is strictly for myself, I encourage it in other people), because I have pale skin and weird proportions, so I’ll still be wearing jeans and over-the-knee boots through the 200° days of the summer and I will complain, but I’ll still do it. But, I really enjoy fall and winter clothing and because of that, put together four of my favorite winter transition outfits.
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This Free People sweater is one of my absolute favorites – it’s thick, but just long enough to hide the top of my thighs and just low enough to be nice to wear without a bralette in the cooler spring weather. The Victoria’s Secret barrette is all sold out, because I bought it on super sale before Christmas, and one of my favorite things about it is that it’s glittery! And it has underwire. I only buy my jeans from Topshop and I don’t regret it. I like high waisted jeans, because a) I feel like it just sucks everything up and keeps it together and they’re very elastic and b) I don’t feel like I’m spilling over the top or spending all day pulling them up. Women’s jeans are THE. WORST. Finally, my velvet boots are at least two years old and although I get so many compliments on them, velvet is hard because it just scrapes off the shoe so easily, it’s hard to convince myself wearing them is a good idea. But! The color makes them transitional into the spring, too, which I love.
I’m not a red, at all, but I couldn’t resist this cherry Free People sweater. I had it on my Nordstrom wish list for a month before I actually bought it and I swear I looked at it every day. Now, recently, I have realized that the whole bralette sticking out of your shirt for no reason is…kind of tacky. *gasp* I know. But I’ve just started thinking it looks bad. I guess it’s a trend I’m sick of. I now think barrettes should only be worn if you would totally see your bra otherwise or if your shirt is see through. Like, I’ve seen girls wearing shirts that go all the way to their collarbone…and then their barrette is hanging out around their neck, like a necklace. No??? Just wear a bra??? Or wear no bra??? Stop??? I’m just saying, it looks bad. Here’s someone telling you. This top is pretty interchangeable – I wear it with one of those tight pencil skirts because I don’t have a tight slip (any suggestions?) which is what I wanted to pair it with, because it’s loose and flowy, but also knit, so you can see through it. And I’ve also worn it with shorts and jeans! It’s versatile and comfortable. I love it. Trust me, if I can wear red like this, so can you.
Ok, this is my number one go-to, constant, “I’m running late for work, what can I throw on” outfit. These are my very, very, very, very favorite boots, which I bought in November and have worn the worth of. They make my weird legs look skinny and normal, and they have zippers on the inside of the ankles to slide on easily, and then ties at the top to keep them up, which is my favorite part. The shorts are technically pajama shorts (hehe) from Urban Outfitters, but they don’t really look like it. The sweater is from the store I work at, which you can see us here. We don’t have the sweater anymore, but we have lots of cute stuff! I also occasionally throw on my old Topshop denim jacket, which you can see me wearing at the bottom of my arms here lol.
Yep, here are my beautiful boots again. And! My favorite, super comfortable and functionally warm fuzzy jacket. Yeah, it has a hood. This is another cute, sold out thing from Avrey Grace Boutique that I bought at full price because I wanted it so bad. The romper is old from Missguided or Topshop (it’s so old the tag has fallen out) and I think the first romper that I ever wore and felt comfortable in. (I linked some similar ones above!) I always lean towards one with a waist, because otherwise I just look like a potato sack and/or a square and I think a lot of other people have this sentiment. As for the back, it’s my favorite bra! It clips in the front, like all bras should, and the back is so pretty so it’s just functional altogether. And the cups are t-shirt material. It’s a win-win. You can get it at Victoria’s Secret.
While I’m sad that winter is ending and sleeves are becoming obsolete out of necessity and not choice, I’m excited for sandals, open toes, and t-shirts to come back in to season, mostly because we have some really cute tees in the store right now and I’m so ready to get my hands on them.