Believe it or not, I’ve had these pictures since before Christmas! The day we shot this look, I didn’t really have any brilliant post topic ideas. I just knew we wanted to take advantage of the snowy landscape, so I threw a bunch of my favorite winter wardrobe basics into the car along with about every coat I own, and drove over to one of our favorite spots in Valley Forge National Park — Washington’s Headquarters.
One thing I’d like to get better about in 2021 is having a list of topics at the ready, so when I get sponsored post offers or need a few more outfits to round out a photo shoot, I have a plan for the outfit.
In this case, there was no plan, so this outfit is just another version of my everyday winter uniform. Let’s start by talking about these boots.
As you may remember, they are the ones that inspired my Winter Boot Review.
Now that I’ve worn them a few times, I can speak more to their comfort and wearability. Suffice it to say, I’m really glad I decided to keep them! In fact, I even included them in my Best Purchases of 2020.
I love this shade of tan with the cozy white shearling accent and contrasting black lug sole and laces. For that reason, they work really well with lighter and darker tones, and I love that they’re weather proof.
They’re a bit heavier than some of my other boots, but they have a soft and supportive footbed. Sizes are getting depleted, but they are currently 25% off at Nordstrom, or if you wear a small size, they’re an additional 50% off that at Bloomies.
If you want something lighter and a little more sporty and don’t need the weather-proof aspect, these J/Slides are marked way down, and they are soooo warm and comfy with a faux fur lining.
I did not size up in the Sorels; I have the 8, and I can wear thin socks with them comfortably. My favorites are the J.Crew cashmere trouser socks.
They’re a bit of a splurge, but I snagged a couple pairs when they were on sale before the holidays. I’m all for spoiling ourselves with little luxuries these days. In fact, they’re on sale again, so be sure to grab yourself a pair! (Use code SPRING for 30% off!)
Speaking of life’s little luxuries, these cashmere lined leather gloves are such a pleasure to wear.
They’re like 10 years old, so this color is long gone, and they aren’t touchscreen compatible either; but Nordstrom has some other colors that are, and they’re on sale too.
This coat is old, as well, but Barbour makes a similar style. It even has a plaid lining.
I’ve been really impressed with this denim brand, and they have a good variety of styles and washes. Shipping and returns are free, and you can get 20% off your first order.
I snagged this sweater on a really good sale before the holidays, and I’ve been wearing it every chance I can get.
If you’d like a more budget-friendly alternative, Banana has a similar style for a lot less. It’s also a great option for those who are allergic to wool because it’s a cotton/poly blend. I styled the camel color in this post back in the fall.
Now that everything is back to full price, this outfit really starts to add up, but my cost pear wear for each wardrobe item will be very low. That’s why I push the sales so hard when they’re happening.
Buying quality basics when they go on sale is how I’ve built a wardrobe that I love with pieces that will last me a very long time. I hope I can help you do the same!
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photos: Alison Cornell