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: UGG Classic Mini II Boots

As I mentioned in my review of the UGG Ultra Mini Boots, the primary difference between the Classic Mini II and the Ultra Mini is the shaft height. As such, I’ve excerpted select sections from the earlier review.

Love it or hate it, in the land of “sensible” cold weather shoes, the UGG boot is king. Its revenue is growing despite the pandemic, bucking all retail trends, and it also just opened a flagship store in NYC, which is the ultimate sign of confidence.

It remains to be seen if the UGG renaissance signals a permanent shift: I have accepted Ugg boots as a comfort object, but I am not totally sold on them as a statement piece. That is why I only own “basic” Ugg boots (and linens). If you feel the same way, read on for a review of the UGG® Classic Mini II Boot, one of the brand’s bestsellers.

SEASONALITY

My first pairs of Uggs were the Classic Tall Boots, which, while warm, were somewhat cumbersome to wear and inconvenient to pull on or remove. The “Mini II” and “Ultra Mini” have proved more practical solutions for me.

But it’s important to remember that classic UGG shearling boots are not snow shoes (in fact, they were marketed to surfers) and are best suited for cold but dry conditions. In non-pandemic times, these boots are great to travel in, since they are rather light and cozy. Just as importantly, they pass as outdoor shoes, but are as comfortable and warm as slippers. These days, I have mostly been wearing my ugg boots as indoor shoes.

If you need something sturdier and that are made for harsher conditions or slush puddles, try the Ugg Adirondack Waterproof III Boots.

Between the Ultra Mini (3.75″ shaft) and the Mini (5″), I prefer the Mini, which works better with ankle socks, legging pants, and footless tights.

DETAILS/MATERIAL/WORKMANSHIP

UGG classic boots, including the Mini, have real shearling/leather uppers that are treated for water-repellence and stain-resistance, but the footbeds are lined in a material called UGGplush that’s 80% wool and 20% lyocell. The lining, which measures 17mm, is plush and warm.

My favorite detail on the Mini (which you will also find on the Ultra Mini but not on the taller styles) is the pull tabs on the back, which enable easy-on, easy-off.

The Ugg classic boot is easily identified by the tonal stitching on the exterior and the UGG labels at the heel. These boots are generally well made and, based on my experience, last between five to eight seasons; I normally only retire them when the lining starts to thin from (overzealously) cleaning the insoles.

It’s not a shoe without flaws, of course: The flat rubber outsole offers no arch support and also has no gripping lugs or special traction pattern that give you grip on slippery surfaces.

Furthermore, while these shoes have insoles that are somewhat breathable and have some antimicrobial properties, if your feet sweat, you’ll get more mileage out of your boots by wearing wool socks.

FIT

UGG classic boots are only offered in whole sizes and they have a forgiving round toe, so I would recommend sizing down if you are in between sizes and plan to wear these boots sockless. But if you have wide feet and/or plan to wear winter socks with your Uggs, then I would suggest ordering your normal size (or the next size up if you wear a half size).

ALTERNATIVES TO THE UGG MINI II

For dealing with shallow puddles, try the Hunter Original Refined Chelsea Waterproof Rain Boots with Welly Boot Socks. (For navigating muddy morasses, try the Hunter Tour Packable Waterproof Rain Boot with compatible Welly Boot Socks.) If you are looking for something heavier duty, try the Sorel Caribou Waterproof Boot or the UGG Adirondack III Boot, both of which have heavy rubber treads, and also provide warmth (the latter is lighter, but comes with a higher price tag).

PRICE

At $159.95, the UGG Mini II Boots are priced as an “accessible luxury”: they are within reach of middle class consumers, but don’t provide the best value. And the Mini is one of UGG’s bestsellers, so the “classic” colors almost never go on sale. If your want approaches a need, there’s probably no reason to wait for a sale.


Buy the UGG® Classic Mini II Shearling Lined Boots at Amazon, Bloomingdale’s, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Shoes.com, UGG, Urban Outfitters, Walmart, Anthropologie, Macy’s, Belk, and Zappos.


Read my review of the UGG Ultra Mini Boots here.

UGG Mini Boots


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.


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