when Sarahbeth first approached me as guest contributor to her journal, i jumped at the opportunity…and not just to keep my feet warm! if you’re anything like the two of us, you too are spending most chilly days trying to figure out how to stay warm AND attractive. and while i work in a beautiful shop that is plus a lot of character, it’s minus some insulation. for me this season, i’m all about the survival basics! so beyond Sb’s delicious f/w 2010 collection to have us looking gorgeous and staying warm, here are a few suggestions to keep those necessary layers looking fitted, your extremities toasty and sporting something…anything…of a waist line through winter.
let’s start with Smart Wool. i swear, they read minds but more likely, they’re all outdoorsy. while most of us aren’t spending our weekends on the Appalachian Trail – but rather surfing through design blogs w/ coffee in hand, the people at Smart Wool are climbing, biking and trailing! thus their deftly designed Baselayer products that are resistant to shrinking and itching, odor free, machine washable and…made entirely of wool. I KNOW!
behold, the Smart Wool Women’s Midweight Bottom.
although this lightweight legging comes in Black and Aegean – a pinstripe blue and green, i personally love this Deep Purple Heather. because they’re so thin, they disappear under any pant. i suggest pairing with their Women’s Lightweight V neck Baselayer shirt. Tanks are available too! perfect to layer, thin enough to not notice. or, wear on it’s own…can you say princess seams? colors are Dark Henna, Sterling Blue, Chocolate, Black and Natural.
keep your feet stylish and toasty with Smart Wool’s massive sock collection. let your inner Gemini reign queen. with as many color and pattern options available as size, weight and cushion padding, your socks can finally reflect all your style preferences.
next up: phalanges! extremities are always the first to go cold, therefore i daydream of gloves. and lately, i am lusting after two pairs found both in the UK. up first, Katie Mawson. she knits, she felts. check out her Mustard and Mercury felt wool gloves.
even though the finger tips are exposed, the glove keeps your palms and wrists wrapped, making sure blood flow still circulates. fold or roll back the upper for a better grip. Katie is all about the color, so you’ll be sure to find a myriad of color combinations and stripe patterns.
lastly, i looked to my old standby – TOAST. also 100% wool, their take on the fingerless glove is a little more lightweight and with an elongated sleeve…fun for scruntching. of course, great color combo’s too.
while we’re on the subject of TOAST, this season they’re rolling out a few perfect staple sweaters. my vote goes to their Cashmere Roll Neck in Winter White Marl or Midnight Marl. cropped at the waist, it’s great for cinching with a belt or pairing w/ a riding jacket. this sweater is simply classic…so get creative when accessorizing.
and i’m a huge fan of their Carina Grown on Sleeve Pullover. i know i said waistline…but trust me, this draping is good on it’s own or cinch with a vest. the V line neck is begging for a cowl neck scarf! shown here in Oatmeal, it also comes in Slate, Kingfisher and Charcoal.
a slimmer substitute, thin and good for layering, is the Anytime Cowl Neck sweater found at Sundance. again, great colors…Celery, Black, Tea Rose (although quite pink!), and Vanilla.
now for the boots! when in doubt, go FRYE. you can’t go wrong. their Heath Outside Zip boot in Maple is sturdy, tall and boasts thick leather on the upper shaft. their rustic charm will transition you in and out of every season.
or, glam it up a bit with the cropped ankle length boot in Cognac, at Seattle’s Totokaelo boutique. wooden heal = chic Scandinavian clog upgrade. perfect leather stitching + tan hide + dramatic lacing = Victorian Americana. love at first site. (so sorry for the poor image size!)
last but not least, the Woodie Boot by Camper. Camper is great because their stylish AND you can stand in them for + hours on end. their Woodie boot is the perfect shade of gray and cropped at the ankle, great for pants or fun in the Spring with cute mini skirts.
scarves, scarves, scarves! god i love a good accessory. cowl necks, whilst bunchy, are really the way to go in the dead of winter. you can toss them over your head and bundle around the neck or stretch over the shoulder for a more dramatic look. they’re the perfect multipurpose accessory.
found at (yet again) TOAST, the Eva Snood Cowl Scarf is rustic, Bedouin and romantic. highly recommend for any casual outfit.
not a fan of the bulk, try their Mohair Check Scarf. it’s bright candy colors will cheer up any outfit and being 100% wool, you’re sure to stay warm.
i love a good plaid, and Pendleton Woolen Mills does a great job with their Tartans. check out their Tartan Scarf in 100% wool.
last but not least, if you’re searching for a modern cropped jacket, look to Eileen Fisher. her Biker Jacket is a chic version of a contemporary classic and the waist line provides a sense of sexy despite the hidden layers. angled back seams provide dimension and the asymmetrical zip front says sporty. good through all seasons at 69% viscose, 29% nylon and a friendly 6% spandex.
those jeans she’s wearing are a must have! find them in Dark, Vintage Black (shown here) or Washed Indigo. they’re Eileen’s Skinny Jean in Organic Stretch Cotton Denim. YES! ORGANIC!!!
i hope you’ve enjoyed my wintery suggestions and discovered a few fun items in which to stay warm and stylish. many many thanks to the fabulous Sarahbeth Larrimore for doing what she does best…being gracious, brilliant and inspiring!
i hope you’ll take the time to visit me at Pour la Maison – design inspiration for the home!
wishing you a warm, cheery holiday season!
mary anne bennick
Oh my, MA, I think I need everything in here… specifically every item the woman in yellow is wearing. Stunning!