Monday, February 25, 2013

Reader Request: Casually In Charge (and Warm!)

Good morning! I hope all of you had a great weekend topped off by Oscars viewing (or whatever you preferred to see).  I am watching the awards as I type, and am loving so many of the gowns this year!  I can't wait to read all the recap posts by bloggers with the patience to gather photos and compile them.  (Sorry, not happening here!)

Today I'm excited to offer some help to Mellissa, a reader from snowy Canada who is looking for some outfit inspiration as she overhauls her work wardrobe.  Mellissa's situation is a little unique in that she works in a male-dominated field in an active job where dressing up is definitely not a requirement (or practical, for that matter), and in a climate where is snows 6+ months per year.  Definitely a challenge! 

Hopefully these ideas will be of help:

Generally, adding a "completer piece" such as a blazer or cardigan adds polish (and warmth) to an outfit.  I think ponte blazers paired with sleek sweaters and dark jeans (in whatever cut you prefer) are a great way to be casual but still chic.  As a bonus, these blazers are generally inexpensive, fairly warm, and washable.  This option from Nordstrom is under $45, and you can even find options for around $20, like this classic gray version from Target.  
For more personality, add in some thick scarves and a sturdy wedge boot like these from Lucky (I know, not snow friendly) or these from Chinese Laundry (both pictured above).  And when the weather takes a turn for the cold and wet, Sorel makes some great boots that don't look too much like you're off for a trek in the tundra (like these or these, as pictured above)

And on the days when you don't feel like wearing jeans yet again, a slim or boot leg corduroy pant is both comfortable and warm and pairs well with cozy sweater jackets (I want this one from Gap) or a layered button-down and sweater.  (Personally, I think the LOFT curvy skinny cords are best for tucking into boots since they don't bunch up around the knees and aren't too low-rise.  Plus, I still think J.Crew Factory makes the best, affordable chambray shirt, and they're almost always offering 30% off).

Hopefully this was helpful for Mellissa and anyone else looking to add a little polish to their outfits, even when jeans and a hoodie are technically acceptable.  If you've got any ideas for Mellissa, especially since I have no idea about practical snow attire, please share in the comments!


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