Hints of Spring

When the weather is changing, figuring out what to wear can be a challenge. I always say that comfort is just as important as putting together a stylish look. Below are four pieces that will keep you looking and feeling good before the warmer weather rolls in. 

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1. Layered Lightweight Sweater

Sometimes it’s impossible to decide whether or not a coat is needed in between seasons. Have no fear, your favorite lightweight sweater is here to save the day. I like to layer a crisp, button-up shirt underneath a sweater for a preppy feel. The best part? If you get too warm, you can remove the sweater and still present an elevated look with your collared shirt. Make a statement by choosing a sweater that has a pattern. I went for a throwback vibe with this argyle print. Just make sure that you wear a complimenting solid-color button-down underneath your sweater to ensure your outfit doesn’t become too busy.

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2. Mock Turtleneck

I’ll admit, turtlenecks were never my favorite because I often found them itchy, frumpy and uncomfortable. Then I discovered the mock turtleneck, a piece that has a shorter neck (so you don’t feel suffocated) and tighter fit. There isn’t as much fabric with this style which makes it ideal for tucking in to create a sleek silhouette. It’s a great choice for cooler days and if you get too chilly, throw a blazer on over this for a bolder look. The mock turtleneck brings an element of high fashion into your wardrobe which will definitely turn a few heads.

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3. Henley

If there are days when you have no idea what to wear, throw on a cotton Henley, dark denim, boots and sunglasses, and you will instantly look effortlessly cool. Everyone should have a small collection of Henleys. I sometimes even wear them on cool nights by the beach because they’re so comfortable. Henleys are fitted around the shoulders and arms, accentuating the parts of your body that you want to show. They also have buttons going down the neck that when warmer, can and should be unbuttoned to give you a more rugged feel.

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4. Khaki Jacket

One of the most useful layering pieces in between seasons is a khaki jacket. If you’re wondering what to wear underneath this jacket, the answer is anything and everything in your closet. Whether it’s a tee-shirt, Henley, sweater, or even tank top, this jacket will work to create any vibe you’re going for. The shearling collar is a great way to add a touch of insulation to your jacket to ensure you’re not too cold, but don’t worry, the khaki color still screams spring so its seasonally relevant. Once it officially becomes warmer, remove the shearling collar. If yours doesn’t detach, swap the jacket out for one with a regular collar.

4 Winter Staples

This winter feels so long, doesn’t it?! That’s why I find myself constantly reinventing looks to keep my style fresh. Here are four items this season that I recommend keeping in your winter rotation.

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Double-Breasted Jacket 

Old Hollywood glamour. That’s the feeling I get when wearing a double-breasted jacket. If you’re looking to shake up the traditional sports coat, I highly recommend exploring this dapper style. You’ll instantly be transported into a world of sophistication. These types of jackets traditionally run a bit looser, so for a more modern look, find one with a tapered waist. Also, play with patterns to give the jacket a more current feel. The jacket I’m wearing has a checkered pattern in different shade of navy, which gives it a more playful vibe. If an entire double-breasted suit seems a bit dated for you, create a more modern version of this popular 1930s style by pairing the jacket with dark denim, a bright turtleneck and lace-up boots.

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Cable-Knit Cardigan

Textured cardigans are one of my favorite layering pieces in the fall, winter and even early spring. The versatility of the cardigan makes it so valuable! You can wear it with many different types of dress shirts, flannels, v-neck tees and Henleys. Sometimes thin, cotton cardigans can fall a little flat and make you look frumpy instead of accentuating the lines of your body. That’s why a fitted, textured, cable-knit cardigan is always a great choice to layer with. It adds dimension to your outfit while dressing up any shirt you wear underneath. Here’s a tip for you: look for cardigans that have modern shawl collars. They frame the lines of your body nicely and add an extra level of elevation to your entire outfit.

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Quilted Bomber Jacket

The bomber jacket seems to be a piece that never goes out of style. Year after year, the bomber is reimagined with different patterns, fabrics, prints and colors. I love quilted bomber jackets because they give you a rugged look to switch up your style. After all, who says we have to only dress one way? As much as I love a well-tailored suit, blazer or crisp button down shirt, I also love fitted denim, a cool bomber jacket and suede boots. I usually pair a henley with this jacket and top it off with some mirror-lens shades. Another perk of wearing bomber jackets? They accentuate your shoulders and give you a trim waistline.

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Plaid Overcoat 

Most people buy overcoats in black and navy because they go with everything. Trust me, I love a multi-purposed piece and think that the more use you can get out of it, the better. But, I also think it’s important to switch it up and make a statement with your outerwear. This plaid charcoal overcoat is one of my newest favorite pieces, and the beauty of it is that it does go with most colors too. Pair it with brown, navy, black or beige pants, and you can rock this coat on multiple occasions. Just make sure you wear this pattern with solid pants. Mixing patterns can make the outfit look too busy and will take away from the beauty of a plaid overcoat. This style will give you a more high-fashion look and is a great way to have some fun during the long (and sometimes seemingly never-ending) season of outerwear.

Jacket Versatility  

The temperatures have officially dropped which means it’s time to layer on jackets for the next four to five months. I get bored wearing the same jacket everyday, so over the years my collection has grown (perhaps a little too much for my NYC apartment). There are so many looks you can achieve with different styles of jackets. Even a slightly lighter coat in your collection can be used if you are appropriately layered, so don’t be too quick to write off a favorite jacket of yours this season. Below are a few of my favorite styles that I recommend to spice up your wardrobe.

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1. Down Jacket

For the coldest days, a down jacket can really help keep you warm. They don’t have to be big and puffy to be warm. Many companies are now making them fashion-forward. Canada Goose is my go-to jacket when it’s super cold. I know, they’re pretty expensive, but if you invest in one, you really could keep it forever. I used mine maybe 65% of time in the winter. I love that their coats have different warmth levels. For example, their “extreme” style combats 25-degree weather and below. Many of the jackets also have drawcords that make the waist adjustable to accentuate your silhouette and come in a variety of colors and styles. Of course, there are plenty of other great brands out there like The North Face and Uniqlo. Give those a try too!

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2. Navy or Black Pea Coat

I love the look of a sleek pea coat. The double breasted design and big lapels provide an element of drama and elegance to your outfit. I like to wear the lapels up to protect myself even more from windy, cold weather. Pea coats are generally a shorter style, giving you a sports jacket look. It also makes you appear longer because it’s a  clean, tailored separation between your torso and legs, which isn’t always the case when wearing super long jackets. This coat can be worn over dress pants or chinos, and looks equally as dapper with a pair of light or dark denim. You know I I love a versatile piece! Layer the coat with your favorite scarf and you will achieve a dapper look that will keep you cozy and warm all winter long.

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3. Charcoal Topcoat

Topcoats are slightly lighter and a touch shorter than an overcoat. While both are worn over suits, and an overcoat may keep you warmer, topcoats are some of my favorite pieces for a preppy, layered outfit. Bundling up in a thick sweater layered over a button-down is a great look. Throw a topcoat on over your layers and you instantly have a luxurious, classic look. Charcoal is a color that goes with everything and, in my opinion, is such a classy color. I highly recommend getting this formal-style jacket in a light or dark shade of charcoal.

Bundle up this season in ways that compliment the rest of your outfit and don’t forget to factor in your outerwear when building out your looks. Stay warm out there! ❄️

The Chelsea Boot

*This post was sponsored by Zappos

Never underestimate the power of footwear, especially great boots. I just can’t live without them. Here’s why: Strong statement shoes add the finishing touch to your outfit, and trust me, that doesn’t go unnoticed. Boots add an elevated and seasonal feel to your outfit that, when done right, can pull your entire look together. They’re so multi-functional that you can wear them with denim, chinos or even full suits. You can tuck the pants in for a more rugged look or keep the pants over the boots for a dressier feel. Depending on the vibe of the outfit, there are so many ways to play with styling boots during the fall and winter months. You can get so many looks out of them!

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I've been wearing Steve Madden boots for years. Their lace-up combat boots (in both black and brown) are staples in my wardrobe because they are comfortable and versatile enough to wear with everything. Now I have a new Steve Madden style to add to my collection: the Chelsea boot. I ordered the boots from Zappos, which is always such an easy experience. Shipping is free and fast. Plus, if you are as indecisive as me, they have a 365-day return policy, which takes the pressure off of having to make decisions too quickly. The Chelsea boot is one of my favorite styles because it’s both casual and formal. They don’t have laces, and the sides are elastic, creating a sleek and modern silhouette. That’s why they pair perfectly with a slim style of pants. Remember: the fit matters. They shouldn’t be loose.

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When it comes to shoe brands that deliver solid quality at an affordable price point, Steve Madden is one I often refer to my fellas. They have a variety of fashion-forward fall styles that you can filter through on Zappos, based on your own personal style. They come in a variety of different fabrics (leathers, suedes, etc.), textures, and colors. Most importantly, they feel so comfortable when I'm running through New York City every day. I rarely sacrifice comfort for style, so it’s refreshing to see that a brand I've been wearing for years doesn’t change the impressive quality of their footwear. Take advantage of the cozy seasons and get those boots ready for months of styling!

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