Essential Winter Boots | Blush Beanie and Tall Boots
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Top: Forever 21 sweater (old, similar here) || Coat: J.Crew || Bottoms: Madewell || Accessories: Forever 21 beanie (old, similar here), Madewell Small Transport Crossbody, Kate Spade necklace (old, similar here) || Shoes: Forever 21 boots (old, similar here)
I wear boots year-round, but never are they more necessary than in the wintertime. I’ve mentioned this a lot but I am downsizing my closet but I’m hoping to keep a few key pieces that are important for me to have to survive a winter in DC. While I am titling this post “Essential Winter Boots,” I realize that winter is different for everyone depending on where you live or what your cold tolerance level is. Where I live, the winters are brutal and I’m a total weenie against the cold. Warm boots are a must and lots of them for me!
When it gets cold, I always reach for these tall boots. They provide so much coverage of the legs and adds an extra layer of warmth against the cold! In the Autumn when the chill just starts to set, I like to wear these with a short skirt, but in the winter, I wear them with either a pair of skinny jeans or tights. The ones I’m featuring here are by Catherine Malandrino and I got them from Nordstrom Rack two years ago. I like that they have a thick heel giving me some height (which I need at my 5’3” height). I also really love this very similar pair by Steve Madden at a more affordable price point. I’ve also seen these gorgeous ones by Marc Fisher, and of course, I can’t talk about over the knee boots without mentioning the beautiful Highland boots by Stuart Weitzman.
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If it snows a lot where you live, a pair of comfy duck boots are a must. They’re perfect for trekking in the icy streets without slipping and they keep your toes super warm! I have a pair from Sperry called their Saltwater Boots which are nice because they have a side zipper that makes getting into and out of them a breeze. L.L. Bean also makes great ones that I recommend. If you’re in the mood for a splurge, Sorel is also a great option that’s a winter favorite in many cold regions!
A nice pair of ankle boots can be worn year-round! These kinds of boots are perfect because they’re shorter making them a more versatile option, while providing good foot coverage. My absolute favorite boots are from Blondo - these Nova booties are waterproof, making them a great option in the rain, sleet and snow. Best of all - they have a small heel that’s perfect for a shortie like me! I also love these cute (also waterproof) booties from Aqua. Looking for an ethical option? Everlane’s Boss boots are something I’m planning on buying at some point!
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There’s over-the-knee boots and then there are knee boots that hit you at just the leg or maybe right underneath it. These are the kind of boots that give you a similar look to the OTK boots but are a bit less intimidating and can probably be worn to the office without anyone give you a second look. I got mine from Sézane, these are their High Gabriella boots. Tory Burch also makes lovely boots that I love. Also my favorites are these waterproof ones from Blondo.
Fall and Winter have their fair share wet and rainy days and that calls for a sturdy pair of rain boots. I got my Hunter Packable Tours last summer and they’ve been a staple in my closet since. I can see this being great for days with that wintry mix of snow and rain as well. What I particularly love about the Packable Tours from Hunter is that they’re foldable and can easily be stored away. Plus, the color is too pretty! Looking for something a bit more affordable? Crocs makes a great pair for under $50.
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now, onto the outfit
I wore this outfit to go to Union Market because they had a pop-up event with Everlane. I ended up getting this cute cashmere sweater and another one for Brian as a Christmas gift. If you haven’t checked out Everlane’s cashmere collection, you have to do it. It’s so soft! I wore mine to work yesterday and got tons of compliments.
The sweater I’m wearing here is obviously not from Everlane - quite the opposite, in fact. I got this sweater from Forever 21 years ago. I am happy to report that throughout the entirety of 2018, I haven’t shopped at Forever 21! This is kind of a big deal for me, at least because when I started this blog and my career in general, F21 was my one-stop shop for everything. I’ve been slowly trying to ween myself off of fast fashion and Forever 21 was the first brand I cut myself off from. I still have some of the clothes from there that haven’t fallen apart, but I plan on abstaining from shopping there until they get better at being transparent about their manufacturing practices.