The ability to get cozy can come late in Texas. Since we could be sweating whilst Trick or Treating with the kids, giving thanks, or even getting our Christmas tree, it is often after the new year that we get to pull out our cashmere sweaters, comfy leggings, and other soft knits with any regularity. That is why I was incredibly happy that the cold came early and stayed this past holiday season so I could pull out some of my cozier pieces whether at home or on the go.
For my work look, I went with one of my favorite color combos – red and camel. The jacket is the sartorial equivalent of hygge and is, quite frankly, one of those dream come true addition to my wardrobe. After looking for the perfect camel coat for years, I honestly thought I was going to have to start some sort of short-term money market and invest in Burberry one to get exactly what I wanted, but a Gap version from my beloved Rags came through in a big way. Since the weather was gloomy, I decided to add some happy to my outfit with this red sheath dress from Loft. Boots were necessary for warmth and because it was finally Friday after a particularly challenging week and I wanted to end it feeling like I kicked ass (OTK boots can do that for you). My bag and accessories are all consignment finds from YSL and Givenchy.
When it comes to dressing cozy casual, I love to play with texture. This is one of the many areas where I subscribe to the more is more philosophy – more softness, more comfort, more snuggly layers. When it comes to leggings, I will always by a HUE girl. They are the base for both of my looks below and with just a few small changes went from casual casual to dressy casual #girlspeak. I love graphic tees and this “Jet Set” one from Target is no exception. I never thought I would be an UGGS gal, but these lace up ones made me a believer. This merino wool duster I bought at Nordstrom a few seasons ago is so soft that it is like wearing your favorite blanket. This outfit is great for anything school related, even morning drop off (but more on that in a future post). For the dressier look I wore over the holidays (and many times since), I traded the tee for a silk Vince blouse from Moss Designer Consignment and topped it with an amazing Diane von Furstenberg fur-trimmed vest I scored at Austin’s Le Garage Sale. The boots are also DVF and yet another Rags find. My amazing 3-stone labradorite cocktail ring is from my dear friends at Brit & Bell.
We all have days when all we want to do is stay all cuddled up in bed, but most of us don’t have that option. That being said, I personally don’t feel like myself, nor am I as productive on the days when I can work from home in my sweats. A lot of people think that looking polished must be uncomfortable and that is farther from the truth. Dressing cozy, feeling put together, great style, and even looking professional do not have to be mutually exclusive.
Images by Breezy Ritter