Winter is officially arriving next week but we’ve already experienced cold temperatures – by California standards – the last couple of weeks. I love fall and winter clothes and think getting dressed is the most fun this time of year.
Winter weather means hats, boots, coats, scarves and sweaters, which are my favorite items to shop for and to wear.
My lifestyle suits a casual wardrobe. Lately I have been wearing several different styles of outfits – uniforms, if you will – that I find a cinch to put together, easy to vary, appropriate for our somewhat mild climate, and always comfortable.
Here are 5 ways I like to dress for winter in California:
1) Wear a Great Coat and Fun Hat
This is what I wear when I don’t know what to wear and my hair isn’t doing what I want it to. I feel put together in this timeless look and it’s just so simple. A good coat – especially a classic khaki trench or a high-quality wool coat – is well worth the splurge, in my opinion. And hats are a fun way to turn to heads, keep your noggin warm and deal with an unruly or flat ‘do.
Sophia Plume by Bigalli from Montecristi Panama Hat Company
Sam Edelman booties (similar)
2) Don a Wrap or Poncho
Casey, who owns Mason Street Designs, is a friend of mine. She carries these gorgeous cashmere wraps and sent one me one as a gift recently. I fell in love! I will be telling you more about Casey and her business in Friday’s Women in Business Holiday Gift Guide. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, if you’d like to get your hands on her Luxe Pullover Wraps at a great price (just $90, marked down for readers from $129!), use the code WOMENINBUSINESS at checkout.
I love how figure-forgiving this Luxe Pullover Wrap is (that is important to me this time of year!) and it’s incredibly soft. I wore this outfit last Sunday, spending the day with my husband in the town of Sonoma. I layered it with a long-sleeved tee by Stella Carakasi for extra warmth and added a hat.
I also like to wear this wrap/poncho with boyfriend jeans, a long sleeved tee and sneakers for a sportier look.
Jigsaw twill pants (similar)
Black felt hat from Montecristi Panama Hat Company, no longer available (similar)
Stella Carakasi Sure Thing Tee in white
Boots from Italy
Bag from Kenneth Cole (very old)
3) Cosy up to Oversized Sweaters
Remember the late 1980s when huge sweaters were so popular? I used to borrow my boyfriend’s sweaters and wear them with stirrup pants and a scrunchie in my hair. Oversized sweaters are back but this time I am skipping the stirrups and scrunchie and wearing them with jeans and sneakers. I also will wear them with skinny pants, boots or booties and a long necklace. I hope this style sticks around for a few more seasons. I love the cozy comfort of a roomy sweater.
Nike sneakers, no longer available (similar)
4) Layer Your Look with Long Sweater Vests and Cardigans
I have a thing for sweater cardigans and vests that are long. I first started wearing them years ago when Missoni did a line for Target. That particular long cardigan was what gave me and Jill of Everything Just So the idea for our long-running How I Wear My series. Jill has one too.
A few months ago, I bought this fringed vest at Nordstrom. It’s got a boho vibe that I love. I wear it with tees, sweaters and even a denim shirt. Throw on some jeans, add a long necklace and booties and I am set!
Fringed sweater vest, no longer available (similar)
Necklace by Sally Drennon
5) Capes and Shawls with Monochromatic Foundation Outfit
This cape is pure luxury. Made from Royal baby Alpaca fibers, this Gil Cape is from Peru. It’s warm, velvety soft and the color is rich and beautiful. When I wear it, I like to minimize the impact the rest of my outfit makes so the focus is on the material, the color and the drape of the cape. I put on a monochromatic outfit as my foundation, then simply threw the cape on over my shoulders. It can’t get much easier than that!
Stella Carakasi Look Sharp Leggings
Alpaca shawl from Montecristi Panama Hats Company
Vince Camuto tassel necklace (similar)
What’s your favorite season for fashion?
How do you dress for winter where you live?
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Make it a rich day!
Disclosure: I was given the Mason Street Designs Luxe Pullover Wrap as a gift. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.