After a couple of years of searching for the perfect navy topcoat, I stumbled along one of my favorite additions to my cold-weather wardrobe amid the madness of this year’s after-Christmas sales.
The silhouette of the jacket is lean but still roomy enough for me to add an extra layer if need be. And I have to admit this piece became a closet staple for me during our mild winter in NYC.
With this mild New York City weather we’ve been having, I must admit I’ve gotten a little spoiled when it comes to ease of my winter layering. But my favorite days this season have been the ones I’ve been able to comfortably wear just a light jacket and T-shirt with no worries about a surprise burst making me second guess my outwear choice.
My jacket in the look above looks like a normal denim jacket. However, it features a cold-cutting lining that makes it the perfect fit for this winter’s spring-like days. With a snapback, white T-shirt, black low-top sneakers and distressed denim tossed into the mix, sharp comfort was definitely the theme for the day.
One look inside my closet will offer a pretty clear view of my denim obsession. But I must admit that my denim bomber was quite the sartorial game changer when I found it during a random Friday night shopping trip.
Now the jacket is definitely made for milder weather if it is worn without another layer over it. However, when I do rock it solo, it makes a pretty bold statement when doubled — or even tripled — with a denim shirt and pants. And the texture and deep blue color is a great way to break up an-all black looks as well.
In the look above, I chose to give the all-denim option a go, adding a black and white snapback and grey sneakers for a little contrast.
A flannel shirt is a winter layering must-have. So I always look forward to pulling out my trusty black and white plaid button-down when the temps start to dip a bit. I can easily toss it over a T-shirt — as I did in the look above — or even a long-sleeved button-down or denim jacket in the fall.
And even when we get a winter blast — such as with our new friend Winter Storm Jonas last weekend — my flannel serves as a warm layer when I wear it under my parka or sherpa-lined trucker jacket.
I typically like to let the shirt be the focus of a look, though, just like I did above. I stuck with mostly black elements to pull everything together and added a little texture with a black leather jacket and worn-in khaki chinos. Topped off with a beanie, I was ready to take on a slightly chilly night in the City.
From Janet Hubert‘s epic Will Smith diss to the first Democratic debate and Mos Def’s troubles in South Africa, here are the top moments in entertainment news this week!
Janet Hubert slammed Jada Pinkett Smith over her call for a boycott of the Oscars. — E! News
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders squared off during the first Democratic debate. — CNN
Love & Hip Hop: New York‘s Tara Wallace confirmed that she is indeed pregnant with her third child with Peter Gunz. — OKMagazine.com
Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump‘s bid for president. — The Washington Post
Beyoncé fueled more pregnancy rumors during a surprise appearance at USC. — USA Today
Khloe Kardashian‘s Kocktails with Khloe talk show made its debut to mixed reviews. — Refinery 29
Mos Def was charged for using a fake passport as well as helping his family stay in South Africa illegally. — TMZ
Mariah Carey is engaged to her billionaire boyfriend James Packer. — Huffington Post
Several celebrities have organized drives for and helped send bottled water to Flint, Michigan. — Detroit Free Press
Stacey Dash caused quite the buzz with the comments she made about BET! Us Weekly
Sometimes I run into pieces that I just know I must have after one glance, and my olive coach jacket I purchased this fall happened to be one of those of finds. It turned out to be a little more insulated than I expected, making for the perfect top layer if the temperatures aren’t too cold. And it is also roomy enough that I can still comfortably throw a denim jacket or sweatshirt under it if need be.
I paired it with my favorite pair of distressed denim jeans, an olive sweatshirt I found during a thrifting trip and my favorite black and white sneakers and Yankees snapback — making for a slightly moody moment on a crisp New York City day.
Much like the rest of the
world universe, I immediately became a victim of Adele-itis as soon as the siren dropped her comeback single “Hello” in October. But after watching the video at least 30 times — not counting my restarts to see her close her flip phone — it hit me that the black and white gem was a video style post waiting to happen. It took me awhile to finally get around to it, but I refused to close out 2015 without making this post reality.
Her leading man Tristan Wilds‘ looks in the video in no way rival Adele’s checkered coat or cozy fur. But there was one standout piece that served as inspiration for my first video style story — the grey cable knit sweater he rocked during one of the doomed couple’s flashbacks.
So if you’re looking to leave your lover calling your phone 1000 times to organize a post-breakup chat, the cable knit sweaters I gathered above may be just what you need.
You can also catch the video for “Hello” below if you’ve been disconnected from basically all things related to life for the last two months and need to catch up!
I went several years without a camo jacket as part of my wardrobe. But when I finally decided to make the leap, I knew exactly where I’d kick off my hunt for the perfect layering piece — the thrift store.
After a pretty lengthy search, I decided to add the jacket above to my outerwear collection. And it has remained a trusty go-to ever since.
I have always been a fan of the versatility that comes with a camo jacket. You can wear it over a T-shirt during the summer or toss it over a sweatshirt and button down during the cooler fall months. And seeing that most thrift store camo jackets are unlined, they can also be easily be worn under even bulkier jackets come winter time.
I obviously went for the middle option with my latest look, letting my camo layer make the biggest statement after pairing it with one of my favorite worn-in crewneck sweatshirts and a blue button-down shirt. I added dark denim and black wingtips to ground the moody look, topping it off with a black fedora.
The after-Christmas sales are in full swing. And in my successful online and window shopping, I’ve come across several trendy items and style staples I’m eager to add to my collection!
I’m listening to Erykah Badu’s But You Caint Use My Phone. I’m wanting the Uniform Wares Leather Watch. I’m needing the Nike Air Hurrache Utility Premium. I’m carrying my passport in the Herschel Raynor Leather Passport Holder. I’m covering my head with the Oakland Athletics MLB Practice Original Fit 9FIFTY Snapback. And my favorite December cover girls are the gorgeous Emma Watson for Porter‘s Issue 12 and the beautiful Zendaya for Flare.