Urban Outfitters $1.99 Tights + Socks Sale (+ an Extra 17% Off For UO Rewards Members)

Out From Under Cozy Lined Boot Sock

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).

Out From Under Fleece Lined Full Tight
Polka Dot Lace Garter Tight
Out From Under Faux Fur Lined Footless Tight (fleece lined version here)
Out From Under 120 Denier Basic Opaque Tight

More picks: Crochet Cuff Knee-High Sock, Out From Under Lurex Varsity Stripe Crew Sock, Basic Sheer Ribbed Tight, Tonal Scrunchy Over-The-Knee Sock, Crochet Cuff Knee-High Sock, Out From Under Chevron Stitch Thigh High Sock, Lacey Faux Thigh High Tight, and 50 Denier Basic Sheer Tight.

Happy shopping!

Extra 30% Off Sale Items at Urban Outfitters (+ $2 Black Tights)

All sale items are 30% off at Urban Outfitters through 4/19/15; the discount will be reflected at check out. Standard shipping is free on all orders of $50+.

I’ve bought close to thirty pairs of Fleece-Lined Tight and 120 Denier Opaque Tight in the last few weeks as they’ve steadily dropped in price; they are now $2.09 a pair. I can attest to the warmness of the Fleece-Lined Tight and the usefulness of the 120 Denier Opaque Tight. A normal person would probably never need 30 pairs of tights in her life but I have monkey hands.

Kimchi Blue Bethany Linen Apron Dress (additional colors here)

 Other hosiery are also on sale for about $2. Consider these: Sheer Pin Dot Tight, Intarsia Tight, Fleece-Lined Footless Tight, and Classic Sheer Tight (three colors). Fun socks on super sale can be found here: Crochet Button-Cuff Knee-High Sock, Lightweight Button-Rib Over-The-Knee Sock, Diamond Ruffle Over-The-Knee Sock, Cozy Marled Knee-High Sock, Crochet Button-Cuff Knee-High Sock, Lightweight Button-Rib Over-The-Knee Sock, Lightweight Button-Rib Over-The-Knee Sock, Marled Stripe Crew Slub-Knit Sock, and Ribbed Slouchy Crew Sock.

Alice & UO Sleeveless Layered Tank Top
Kimchi Blue Lace Jan Jan Mini Dress
Reversible Canvas + Vegan Leather Tote Bag
Truly Madly Deeply Colorblock Henley Tunic Top
Cooperative Scallop-Edge Twofer Dress
BDG Most Comfy Tee Dress
Canadian Sweater Company Tote Bag
Brushed Plaid Blanket Scarf
Glamorous X UO Sherpa Moto Jacket
Kimchi Blue Bella Pullover Sweater
Stylestalker Love Machine Dress
Bickley + Mitchell Pointelle Knit Eternity Scarf

Happy shopping!

Review: J. Crew Perfect Winter Parka

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.

J. Crew Perfect Winter Parka in Wild Olive (size XXSP) || J. Crew Ribbed Beanie with Faux-Fur Pom-Pom in Black (matching scarf here) || Salvatore Ferragamo Ginny Score Medium Leather Shoulder Bag in Lipstick Red (reviewed here) || Acne Studios Canada Scarf in Caramel Brown (reviewed here) || LOFT Petite Seamed Ponte Leggings || Sorel Joan of Arctic™ Boot (also here and here)

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).

Review: Hunter Original Tall Rain Boot

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.

(I’d also recommend getting shearling insoles to further winterize your rain boots.)

And Hunter rain boots are the gold standard. For those of average-height, the Original Tall Rain Boot might be the best option.

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.

If you are petite, have narrower calves, or live in a temperate area, I would recommend the Hunter Tour Packable Rain Boot (seen below; also sold here and here).

A few more tall rain boot options at different price points:

Or buy the Hunter Original Tall Rain Boot at Hunter, Amazon, Nordstrom, Zappos, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord + Taylor, Dillard’sBloomingdale’s, Nordstrom Rack, and Urban Outfitters.

Weekly Shopping Update: Ann Taylor Fitting Room

Ann Taylor Stripe Off the Shoulder Sheath Sweater Dress || Size XSP

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.)

Orange Blossom Belted Shirtdress || XXSP

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.

Spring Lace Sheath Dress || 0P

Ann Taylor’s lace sheath dresses will always have a special place in my closet, and I couldn’t resist trying on this spring’s version in a bold, fiery red. The style fits about a half size smaller than other AT sheath dresses, so size up if you are buxom.

Matte Jersey Bell Sleeve Top  + The Portofino Pant (00P)

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.

Striped Ruffle Off the Shoulder Top (XXSP) + The Portofino Pant (00P)

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.

The shoes seen above are the Demi Suede T-Strap Sandals, which fit true to size for Ann Taylor shoes.

And for those who need to stock up on stockings for next winter, all sale styles are an extra 40% off at Urban Outfitters. I had previously blogged about some sale styles here.

Happy shopping!

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