Fall/Winter Fashion

Styling Mother Tomcat Jeans for Winter

We haven’t had a lot of snow here the last few years, so when we got our big snowstorm last month, I took the opportunity to get some wintry outfit pictures. I had just received these Mother Tomcat straight ankle jeans, and I wanted to try styling them for winter.

You may remember that I shared them in a Try-On Haul a while back, and wasn’t sure about them. Plus, at full price, they’re quite spendy.

All that to say, I sent the first pair back. But then they went on sale at Anthro over the holidays, and I decided to give them one more try.

Remembering that they ran small, I ordered both the 28 and the 29, but the 29 got canceled so I’m wearing the 28 here. They are pretty snug! I would definitely like to try the 29 for comparison’s sake.

These jeans have the perfect grey wash, and the fabric is fairly thick but with just enough stretch so as not to feel constricting, but I’m still not 100% in love with them. It may have to do with the high rise and the front-tuck.

I tried it both ways, and Alison agreed that the front tuck was necessary to keep a good balance, but I’m not loving the way my midsection looks in these pictures. #justkeepingitreal

I also think they need to be a little bit shorter to get “the look” just right. A cuff didn’t look quite right, so I just wore them as-is, but I suppose I could have them hemmed.

They’re actually pretty flattering from the rear… I feel like they have potential, but I need to play with them some more at home.

I kept the outfit monochromatic with a black turtleneck and black boots, and then I added a plaid scarf for pattern and interest.

My sweater is old, but it’s comparable to the Halogen cashmere turtleneck, which is still on sale and well stocked. In fact, I think I would like the Halogen one better because it doesn’t have that wide ribbed band at the waist, so it front tucks a little easier.

The weatherproof Aquatalia boots I’m wearing here are also old and out of stock, but they work well with these jeans because they have a tall, slim shaft so the jeans easily fall over top.

This pair of La Canadiennes would work well too, and they’re also weatherproof; but this pair actually has a more similar shape to mine, and they’re 68% off!!! I’m not familiar with that brand, but they look nice, and the price is fantastic.

Then I topped it all off with my grey wool cocoon coat from J.Crew. I like how the lighter shade of the grey contrasts with the darker colors of the outfit, and keeps the monochromatic look going.

This coat goes on sale from time to time, but it’s full price at the moment. I did find a similar style at J.Crew Factory for much less, if you’re interested.

I also found a similar plaid scarf at Amazon — the color is Gray Plaid 2.

Anyway! Even though I’d like to make some tweaks to this look, I decided to go ahead and share it anyway, if for no other reason than the scenery is so pretty.

For those not from around here, these pictures were taken at Washington’s Headquarters in Valley Forge National Park. It’s such a pretty area, with walking trails connecting the various points in the Park.

What do you think? Would you wear it?

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Mother Tomcat jeans (also at Shopbop) // similar sweater // similar boots (option) // J.Crew cocoon coat (option) // scarf (option – Gray Plaid 2) // sunnies (option)

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photos: Alison Cornell

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94 thoughts on “Styling Mother Tomcat Jeans for Winter

  1. I wonder if the issue is with the height of the booties. Visually I think these straighter styles look better cropped and with either sneakers or some other shoe that shows a little skin. I also have had to realize that not all of the new trends are flattering for me. I bought several pairs of high-rise jeans in the last year or so and they are so unflattering on me. They really make me look like I have a large gut and I don’t. I have tried them with so many different tops and now the only way I will wear them is with a top that is not tucked in and that kinda defeats the purpose. I love to try new trends, but I only stick with the ones that are flattering on my body type.

  2. Please don’t bring up anything political.  I read your blog for the fashion ideas. If you are upset over politics I don’t want to know it, since I have stopped listening to nation news since the election.  If you are not up to writing your blog, don’t write it.

  3. I love this look!  Are you wearing a small in the J Crew Cocoon coat? Could you compare the J Crew cocoon coat to the Talbot stadium coat, I think you have talked about both.  The Talbot looks a little more fitted? I want to purchase one but have not been into try either on yet.
    Thank you!

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