Photography: Greg Beuning
November is finally upon us. We’re getting into the part of the year where I feel so happy, cozy, and excited all the time. I mean who doesn’t love this time of year, when really everything is just so magical?
It’s also the time of the year when everyone gets sick, and I feel like I’m coming down with something (there may be sick days in my future), so it’s important to stay warm and comfortable. So how do you combine comfort, warmth, and style? I say go for elevated basics and a great topper- like this shearling coat.
I’m a big fan of sweaters, I have way too many, and for some reason I can’t stop buying more. But as much as I may have a problem, sweaters are the best winter basic to elevate. You should have a few go-tos, such as a nice cashmere, something with a tighter fit, and something that may be a chunkier knit, and you should have these in neutral colors. But once you’ve got that down, you can have fun with it. Add sleeves (also these sleeves), or a collar detail. Get a sweater in the brightest color (or even multiple colors) you can find. There’s sweaters with pocket details (like the one I’m wearing), and sweaters that are cropped or slouchy or off one shoulder.
I went with this rich burgundy color to celebrate the first of November (because there’s something about a good purple that just makes it feel like late fall to me). My favorite part of this piece would definitely be the pockets. Not only do I appreciate anything with pockets, but these have leather detailing.
Black jeans are always the way to go for winter bottoms, as they keep in heat, and are also incredibly easy to style with pretty much anything. I love these J Brand ones because they’re just a little ripped, and that adds edge without going overboard (and you can still swing them for work since they you know, don’t have actual holes). Some ideas to keep black jeans interesting: swap them in for a pair of leather leggings (thick ones of course- and layer one of the above mentioned sweaters over), find a pair with hem detailing, or go for a cool embroidered pair.
And then I topped it off with this gorgeous shearling coat. It’s got fur around the collar, which is key if you’re trying to stay warm and protect your throat, ears, face etc. from becoming privy to the flu. I also love the material, and I’m a firm believer that you should have at least one interesting coat in your closet. Getting something in a different color or fabric than your usual go to is great way to have fun with clothes but still keep it casual.
So let’s review my warm, yet stylish formula: visually interesting sweater (or just a really quality neutral), black jeans (or leather leggings), and a pair of killer shoes, whether they be flats, pumps, or boots. And then of course, a fantastic coat to top it off.
Do you guys have tons of fun things planned for November? It’s already shaping up to be a really busy month, and I can’t wait to share all my fashion, travel, and lifestyle ideas with you guys! Let me know if there’s something you’d like to see more of, or less of, or anything at all in the comments!