Every few years or so, Urban Outfitters would liquidate its winter tights and socks stock, and it’s when I would aggressively hoard tights. It’s one sale that I have never regretted shopping. If you are a frequent tights wearer, be sure to browse this sale.
Also be sure to join UO Rewards (membership is free) to take advantage of the extra 17% off savings (discount reflected at checkout, no code needed).
Things didn’t take long to hit bottom after the season’s first snow. This week, temperatures fell into the teens, bringing with it general misery. I gave serious thought to wearing snow pants to the office, but by the end of the morning’s first hot chocolate, I was able to talk myself down to just wearing fleece-lined tights under wool trousers.
Speaking of fleece-lined tights, I hope all of you near me in latitude and continentality (or north of me; *shiver*) picked up dozens of those UO ones that I kept pushing on you over the years. I now have some 50 unopened pairs just sitting in my closet waiting to be called to duty.
One category of apparel I start to order in bulk when it gets cold is coats. Today I want to share some photos and my thoughts on J. Crew’s Perfect Winter Parka, which is a stylish yet functional option. It will not replace that full-length down-filled puffer for especially biting winter days (if it’s below 20°F, you will need stronger defenses), but should be adequate, with its sherpa-lined hood, water-resistant insulation, and quilted inner layer, for most winters, when equipped with the right base layers (like pieces from Uniqlo’s HEATTECH collection).
Most reviewers found the style to run a size big, but I personally thought my normal size fit true to size, and the drawstrings on the inside also allow the wearer to create a waistline and moderate the bulkiness of the coat. If you are on the tall end of petite (5’3″+), you may want to order the style in regular sizes, as the sleeves on the petite are barely long enough on 5’2 me.
This parka retails for $298, and is often excluded from J. Crew’s storewide sales. Sizes have more or less sold out online, so you may want to check your local store if you are interested.
Here are a few more parkas that caught my eye:
For those of you battling truly cold winters, I will review some Canada Goose options in the coming weeks (specifically the Trillium Parka and the Mystique Parka, which I “borrowed” from my mom’s closet).
A pair of tall rain boots is essential for surviving New England winters (a slight exaggeration, but not untrue). On the days following heavy snowfall, when the ground is a minefield of slush puddles that render UGG boots useless–those days are what rain boots are made for. Sure, before you can put your feet inside rubber boots, you will need to first put on fleece-lined tights and boot socks (and an optional jeans/pants layer), but that’s a small price to pay for warmth and dryness.
Most reviewers recommend ordering a size down, but if you intend to wear the shoes with thick boot socks, your “normal” size might be more appropriate. In a size 7, the boots measure 15 inches tall, and 15.5 inches around the widest part, with a 1″ heel.
And if you have wider calves, Hunter offers an Adjustable Calf Rain Boot that accommodates calves up to 17″ in circumference.
Ann Taylor and LOFT are both running timed (sale ends Tuesday at midnight PST) 50% off everything sales (use code BESTMONDAY for Ann Taylor and code CYBER for LOFT). Here are a few fitting room pictures that I thought I’d share.
I ordered the Ann Taylor Stripe Off the Shoulder Sheath Sweater Dress a size down from the size pictured here; it fits about half a size (to a full size) larger than what you might expect (even accounting for the intended, slightly looser fit), and the material is thick enough to not be wrinkle-prone. I can see this being great for travel. The length is a little longer than what I was expecting, but with a “nude” heel it can still be flattering. (I am 5’2 and wearing a petite size here.)
I also tried on the Orange Blossom Belted Shirtdress, which is lightweight and perfect for summer. The fit is true to size. I like the print’s muted palette, but am not sold on the cotton poplin, which looks like it requires a good steam before every wear.
I love the vibrant color of this Matte Jersey Bell Sleeve Top, and can see it pairing well with shorts. I do find it too trendy, and unlikely to survive another season before looking passé, so passed on it.
I am on the fence about the Striped Ruffle Off the Shoulder Top, which is appropriately priced and pretty good for what it is. The material is stretchy (a rayon, nylon, and spandex mix) and should travel well. If I don’t already own like 10 tops similar to this one, I probably would’ve bought this on the spot. The fit is true to size.