leather-sleeve sweater / fingerless gloves / cozy scarf / romper (on clearance!)
skinny jeans / perfect lipstick / neutral nail color
tall boots / live-in booties / cozy sweater
When I was in middle school, my friends would tease me about how everything I wore was neutral. I was especially partial to warm grey and army green, with the occasional shot of navy thrown in for good measure. I suspect that I was trying to blend in, as if my platinum-blonde pyramid hair would have ever let that happen. But as I grew older and more confident, I started embracing color.
And yet, I find myself coming full circle. Lately I’ve been slipping into a winter style uniform of almost all black, but so far I’m digging it. I can pretend I’m a tortured artist, or perhaps even an international spy. The sky’s the limit when you’re wearing non-color!
So for now, I’m playing with texture instead. Winter always calls for chunky knits, and I’ve been switching back and forth between this leather-sleeved sweater and a cozy-cute pullover from Patagonia that my mom gave me for Christmas. Really, all you need in life is a dressy sweater and a casual sweater.
For the finishing touches, I”m turning to more knit and leather. I found a fantastic pair of fingerless gloves at Bespoke on our trip to Truckee, and it’s hard to take them off. I’ve also been wearing the heck out of my new Rag & Bone boots, which seriously go with everything. Let me tell you- the extra 3 1/2 inches they give me are quite handy when trying to spot friends in a crowd.
And finally, when I want to get a little gussied up, I’ll slip on my favorite romper and a thick pair of tights. This funny little romper was an impulse purchase last summer, but its magical elastic waist and fantastic drape have turned it into a staple. I’ll never eat a heavy meal in anything else- I could hide small puppy inside that sucker without anyone knowing.
And that, folks, is my uniform of late. Is this looking familiar, or are you rocking something completely different right now?
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Sweaterdress: Vince (thrifted). Tights: Modcloth. Boots: Frye. Jewelry: Serefina.
When I was in high school, my friends and I had a little tradition that we’d do every year before the first football game of the season. We’d pile into somebody’s mom’s car (or, later, our friend Kim’s Subaru) and make the trek to the Mall of America. We’d walk the mall for hours, always determined to visit every store but knowing the feat was literally impossible. Giggling through the aisles in American Eagle, we’d hunt for the jeans, the sweater, the certain shade of lipgloss that would help us go back to school with a bang.
You see, the first football game of the season was always followed by the back-to-school dance- essentially a grand coming-out party. It was the opportunity for everyone to see and be seen, to observe who had made a transformation over that long, hot summer. Whether it was the grunge-loving guy who suddenly embraced Abercrombie or the quiet girl who sudden came out of her shell, there was always at least one person who shocked the crowd.
For my friends and I, the razor-sharp band geeks without a boyfriend between us, it was a chance to do things differently that year. I was always the most fervent, with the undying optimism that this was the year I’d find a boyfriend, this was the year I’d nail the lead in the school play, this was the year that I’d start moving towards my dream of a glamourous life as an actress in a big city.
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut as an adult, to become complacent that the life you’re living is as good as it’s going to get. But whenever the evenings get cooler and I reach for fall colors, I try to dig inside and find the memory of that skinny little girl sitting in the bleachers with her friends. I’m in no rush to go back to those days (oh, the hair humanity!), but her optimism and drive were so alive. I could learn a thing or two.
Photography by Pete Hopkins.
Sweater: Xhiliration (circa 2009), Shorts: Rag & Bone, Booties: Sam Edelman, Bracelet: Stella & Dot
I really have been all about the shorts-and-leggings thing lately, haven’t I? I just can’t get enough of how comfy it is- it feels like I’m wearing pajamas! It also doesn’t hurt that the combo is pretty forgiving to the consequences of a very indulgent birthday month. My jeans and I are having a bit of a disagreement these days, but I maintain that all that pumpkin beer was worth it. Besides, it’s sweater weather now- the chunkier and thicker, the better!
My mom gave me this sweater several years ago, and I loved it but couldn’t find the right way to wear it until recently. It’s so thick and cozy, and I wanted to balance out its heft with something sleeker on the bottom. I’ve also worn it with a pair of high-waisted skinny jeans and tall boots to achieve a similar effect (there’s your option, shorts haters!). I also love how the chunky bracelet echoes the texture in the sweater but adds just the right amount of sparkle to the casual outfit.
And speaking of sweater weather, I’m so incredibly excited to head to the midwest this Sunday! I’ll be spending the first half of the week with my family in Minnesota before heading to Chicago to meet up with Jim’s family. This is going to be the extent of our home visits for the holiday season, and it’s strange to think about celebrating the holidays without our families and a hefty dose of snow. It’s times like these that make me wish for a private plane, or at least a way to bring the midwest a little bit closer.
Even though it’s an adjustment to stay in San Francisco for the holidays, it’s also so exciting to get to start our own traditions. I’ve already started my San Fran Christmas bucket list, but I promised myself I wouldn’t share it until after Thanksgiving! But I’m pretty sure I’m allowed to hear yours- are you thinking about the holidays yet?
Photography by Pete Hopkins
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