Details: Gap scarf and pants / Halogen riding boots via Nordstrom / Old Navy puffer vest / The Limited sweater / Michael Kors watch and bangle
The thing I miss most about the warmer weather besides the … warmer weather are the unabashedly bright colors. I like that with this outfit, I still get to be bright while looking appropriately wintery at the same time. Also, I am currently obsessed with this buffalo plaid scarf. I searched high and low for it at my local Gap after I saw it in a Christmas ad. I finally found it in the men’s section. It goes with any winter outfit and was a perfect complement for our date night, which involved ice skating at PPG plaza downtown and the Winter Lights Show at the Phipps.
Details: Thrifted Evan Piccone blazer / Willie Smith blouse via TJ Maxx / Gap sweater / Target pants / Halogen riding boots via Nordstrom / J.Crew necklace
The first snow of the season came fast and furious in Pittsburgh last week. I hadn’t even thought of my winter work wear strategy when I was confronted with issues such as “How do I keep my legs warm?” and “If I want to layer a turtle neck under a button down, should people start calling me Martha Stewart?” I was able to keep my wits about me long enough to decide to go for pants and riding boots. The combination would not be complete without a blazer layered on top to elevate it from a tailored weekend look to a polished work look. Also, I just can’t seem to break up with these pants.
What did you wear on the first snow of the year?
It’s always hard trying to tow the line between professional and unique with a work look. I think this outfit does the trick. Normally, a nice pair of loafers would be appropriate here, but I put on my riding boots to mix it up and tossed on this mustard scarf to add color to an otherwise neutral palate. I didn’t notice this at first, but the mustard really compliments the blue and white striped ruffle peaking out. This outfit makes me feel very “me” without looking out of place for work. What do you wear to make your mark at work?
Details: Gap cardigan / TJ Maxx jeans / Ralph Lauren top / Franco Sarto via Nordstrom boots / the Limited belt
I have added leopard print in subtle doses to my wardrobe. A pair of heels here, a belt there. Basically the antithesis of a Lady Gaga exhibition-style effort. Oftentimes, I have been on trend pairing it with a contrasting pattern or bright color. To mix it up for fall I have gone completely subtle. Pairing it with this neutral tan cardigan makes the belt look like it goes with the ensemble. I think there is nothing wrong with accessories looking like they go with your outfit, even though sometimes it is more fun to wear something loud that contrasts. The off-kilter look, which J.Crew has made popular with its style guide, is one of my favorite looks, but sometimes it’s OK to match.
A faithful reader approached me about doing a post on how to wear riding boots to work. In my humble opinion, she could not have asked anyone better. I wear mine so much that you would think I was hiding a horse somewhere in my second floor, one bedroom apartment. If I was, his name would be Rusty. Just saying.
Look 1: Equestrian
This is probably the easiest way to use riding boots with an already existing work look. I usually wear this shift dress with black heels and a black cardigan. To make it work with these boots, I added pieces that carry the equestrian theme. Those pieces can be a tailored jacket or scarf — or any pieces that match the look and feel of your boots, but that can also be paired with a work look.
Details: F21 jacket / H&M dress and scarf / Wanted Royalty boots via Piperlime
Look 2: Brights
Here is a way that you can wear your riding boots to work and incorporate another current trend for fall — brights. The tan of these boots goes well with blues and greens, but I would encourage you to experiment with different colors based on the specific shade of your riding boot. You never know.
Details: Thrifted blouse / H&M skirt / Banana Republic necklace / Wanted Royalty boots via Piperlime
Look 3: Plaid
A plaid skirt is a great middle-ground piece for work. It has that woodsy charm that goes really well with riding boots without looking too casual. I found this skirt at a consignment shop, and I am not sure of the brand. I would highly recommend looking for one at your local thrift or consignment shop. This seems to be one thing I see consistently. You may want to hem it though for fear of looking too much like Laura Ingalls.
Details: Gap turtleneck / Thrifted skirt / Wanted Royalty boots via Piperlime