I can already see your puzzled expression. You’re wondering why this short sleeve nonsense is a “winter” outfit.
So let’s not waste any time. Let’s jump right into outfit two.
(In case you missed it: For the next two weeks, I’m partnering up with my friend and fellow lean closet enthusiast Lee of Style Bee, and we’re hosting a remix challenge: 10 pieces of clothing, 10 outfits, 10 days. Want to join? Details here.)
So yeah. It’s the dead of winter and I’m wearing a short sleeve tee and no jacket. Why? Oh, because it’s 81 degrees today. Texas has obviously stopped checking it’s email, and is missing all the winter memos.
Personally, I’m fine with this, grateful actually. As a lifelong Texan, I’m used to the random 80 degree winter day. (Plus, I know that a lot of you are experiencing extreme cold right now, and 80 degrees sounds delightful. If you need a break from the cold, come on down, we’ll pull out the murphy bed.)
But as a blogger, especially one hosting a “winter” remix right now, I’m mildly bummed about the warm weather.
Why? Well, because I’m actually making strides when it comes to successful cold weather dressing … and I kinda wanted to show off my newfound skills.
But, that’s just not in the cards right now. What is in the cards, however, is another lesson in being present and dressing for my real life — not my fantasy life. What can you do except say, “How fascinating!” :)
So, this is what winter looks like for me: Sometimes it’s bundling up, sometimes it’s wearing a short sleeve tee. Embracing the mix.
Today is a low key day, so I’ll be at home working and out running a few errands. No big plans for tonight, so this look will carry me through the day.
ITEM #2: ANKLE BOOTIES
These ankle booties are practically legendary in my closet.
I’ve had ’em since 2014, and they are probably the most worn shoe in my wardrobe. They almost always come with me on trips. And they just work.
- An angled heel: Ever feel like you’re tipping forward when you wear a heel? Look for booties with an angled heel — it changes up your center of gravity, making it easier to walk.
- A low heel: At two and a half inches, it hardly feels like a heel to me. It’s comfortable even for heavy walking days.
- Seasonless style: Meaning, they are cool enough for the warm months, but warm enough for winter. Just add warm socks (I like either wool no-show socks or camp socks).
My ankle booties are old, but this pair from Eileen Fisher is my favorite similar pair. Same heel height, same color, same slanted heel. If I had to replace my booties right now (thankfully I don’t), that EF pair would be my pick. At $250, they are definitely an investment, but they are beautiful quality and responsibly made.
This pair from TOMS is a close second at $140. No slanted heel, but it’s got the same heel height and same color.
SIMPLICITY TO THE MAX | This is a super simple look, teetering on the edge of boring, but I think it’s stellar. For my fall remix, I made the mistake of getting a little too into styling, trying to counterbalance the limited pieces by overstyling. Because of that, some of the outfits just didn’t feel true to my style. So this time, I’m just trying to keep things as real and as wearable as possible.
MATCHING BAG AND SHOES | You know me. Right now, I’m into matching my bag and shoes. I don’t treat it like a rule, but when an outfit needs “bookends” I do it.
LAYERED NECKLACES | I haven’t been into jewelry lately, but I wanted to add a tiny bit of interest to this plain jane outfit, so I layered two delicate necklaces. My fav combination for a v-neck.
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And there you have it — outfit number two!
Are you taking part in the remix? It’s not to late to start! Here’s your assignment for today: Snap a selfie of your outfit and post it on IG with the tag #winter10x10 so we can all follow along.
Later today, I’ll be sharing real life in this outfit on my IG Stories, so feel free to follow along. I’m @caroline_joy on Instagram. Lee will be doing the same in her IG Stories (she’s @leevosburgh), and don’t forget to check out her outfit post today, too!
See you tomorrow for outfit number three!
01 | Tee (old by Everlane) | similar (made responsibly)
06 | Delicate circle necklace (old) | similar