Cold Weather Layering

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Club Monaco vest (shop similar options below), Custom jacket from Hong Kong (details here), Madewell dress (shop similar styles below), SPANX tights, Hunter Huntress boots

It has been pouring rain for the last 3 days in San Francisco which has resulted in my Hunter boots getting some heavy rotation, and increased layering. I love putting unexpected pieces together and adore how this faux fur vest looks with this more polished blazer. The polka dot dress adds some fun pattern mixing and the boots tone down the trendiness.

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The one benefit of this weather (aside from the natural benefits, of course)? My hair adores humidity! These curls are aux-natural and i’m obsessed with the lack of heat styling that’s necessary.

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My dress and faux fur vest are from last season, but shop a few of this season’s options here:

Top 3 Boot Brands for Wide Calves

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J.Crew flat boot, Hunter “Huntress” rain boot, DUO Custom Wide Calf Heeled Boot

One of my most visited posts of all time surrounds wide-calf boots, and my never ending search for the perfect pairs. After many years of ordering and sending back boots that just didn’t quite work, i’ve found my staple items, and the brands that carry them. I wholeheartedly believe that every woman shouldn’t be without a basic black riding boot, a pair of rain boots, and a classic heeled leather boot. These have served me well across varying types of weather, through many states and in numerous formal and casual occasions.

My black riding boots are from J.Crew extended calf sizing, and I love them (see my full review here). I have styled them with jeans and skirts, and they are absolute workhorses in my wardrobe. In fact, they have already lasted me through two seasons.

Hunter Huntress boots were a newer discovery. Always wanting a pair, I searched long and hard before finding the Huntress, their extended calf version. While they don’t come in many colors, they fit my 16 inch calf beautifully (review here) and have been worn through countless weekends.

My DUO boots were a purchase of necessity. I spent close to 2 years searching for the perfect heeled, extended calf boot. I finally stumbled across DUO and was drawn into their custom-fit option. I took the plunge and ordered from this UK-based brand and have loved them. They have so many gorgeous, chic styles that you would never be able to tell the boot is extended calf. An absolute lifesaver and a work staple (see my last styling here).

Are there any brands you love for extended calf sizes?

Sole Society Kita Bootie

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Equipment sweater (here in solid), Banana Republic Scarf (similar and 40% off), Club Monaco dress (updated version), Sole Society Kita Bootie c/o, Tory Burch sunglasses, Kenneth Cole bag (similar), Club Monaco belt

A few weeks ago Sole Society was kind enough to send me a few pairs of booties to try out for Spring time. Not one to be patient, I wanted to figure a way to style these ankle booties for Winter. I decided to go the safe route and hide the ankle length of the bootie under a maxi dress and pair with other muted colors to keep things basic. I’m loving this combo and it definitely helps to ease me into the bootie world.

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Remember my review of the infamous Rag and Bone booties? I think the side profile of these from Sole Society is far superior. If you’re looking for a cheaper option, these nude booties also come in black.

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The Kita bootie is a manageable 3 inch heel height with a rubber sole, providing extra comfort. The faux suede upper is also comfortable and the side zip makes them easy to get into.

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What do you think of the nude bootie? Yay or nay?

Winter Shoe Essentials

Winter Shoe Essentials

Rain Boots (example outfit post), Warm Boots (example outfit), Patent Flats (example outfit), Classic Leather (example outfit)

I was walking to work with a colleague the other day and she made the comment that I seem to rotate between a few pairs of shoes. Now, granted, I commute to work (we walk 2 miles each way) so my commuting shoes have to be amazingly sturdy. But aside from those pairs she was incredibly observant in noticing that in the Winter time, my shoe options are limited and I tend to stay within a few holy grail pairs. My rain boots are for cold or wet days. Patent flats are sturdy when walking to lunches in cold weather, and pair well with tights. Basic black leather acts as a workhorse for skirts or jeans tucked in. And comfy boots are for those days when I need to commute ultra warm or want a bit of added comfort.

I’d love to know, what are your Winter shoe essentials? Is there something i’m glaringly missing?

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