Most years, I feel a little bit at a loss style-wise as we transition out of the winter months into spring and summer. In Minnesota, so much of the year is spent in freezing temperatures that bundling up and living in jeans and a sweater is my ultimate comfort zone. I usually struggle lots with dressing for warmer weather and coming up with creative outfits that I feel good in! But this year, I’m feeling the opposite - it’s as if I’ve forgotten how to dress for fall. My style has evolved quite a bit over the past few years, and I think that ever-changing dynamic has contributed to my mental block about dressing for the cooler seasons this year. However, there are a few staple pieces that are easing my transition! These are all pieces that function as building blocks or basic pieces in my outfits which helps me feel a little less like a deer in the headlights of all the new seasonal options.
First up are the Cheeky Straight Jeans from Everlane. I have talked about these before and I swear by them! I spent months and months searching for the quintessential vintage jeans that were high-waisted and fitted in the waist and hips, with a touch of extra room at at the ankles for that perfect straight-legged look. I scoured thrift stores and vintage shops many, many times with no luck. I even settled for a couple of ill-fitting pairs because I wanted some so badly, only to donate them shortly afterwards because they just didn’t work on me. When Everlane released the Cheeky Straight Jean, I was so excited to try them but didn’t get my hopes up since no other straight-legged jeans had worked for me yet. Thankfully, these ones were perfect and they have become such a necessity in my closet! The fabric is 98% cotton with just a hint of stretch. The rise is high at 11” and I love the flexibility and comfort that the 2% elastane adds to the denim. They do stretch out a little bit with wear, but they always shrink straight back to their original fit and shape when washed. I loved my original Washed Black pair so much that I opted to try these in Bone, as well! It’s wonderful having a well-fitting pair of jeans in both a dark and a light color.
I also want to highlight Everlane’s cashmere line. I purchased my first cashmere sweater (the V-neck version) two winters ago and it’s still going strong for this upcoming year! Cashmere is a type of wool, but I have fairly sensitive skin and I don’t find Everlane’s cashmere to be itchy or uncomfortable at all. It’s extremely warm and wonderfully soft, and there are more than enough colors and cuts to fit into any closet. The sweaters are quite thin and light, which makes them really easy to tuck in fully or partially (which is how I wear them most often). They also layer very well and look great under a jumpsuit, dress, or another sweater. I do find that some pilling and wear happens in high-friction areas like the underarms and hemline, but the pills are easily removable and the majority of the fabric stays in excellent condition. I add another cashmere sweater or two to my collection each year and I never get tired of them!
Another piece that I really couldn’t live without during the cooler seasons is the Pima Micro Rib Long-Sleeve Crew. I wear the short-sleeved version lots in warmer weather and own the scoop-neck tee, as well! I almost never have multiples in my closet, but I have three of these long-sleeve tees because they are such a necessity once the temps start to drop outside. The fabric is 95% pima cotton (the other 5% is elastane), which makes these tops so comfortable and soft on the skin. The ribbing makes them look a little more elevated and adds a really lovely texture to any outfit. My favorite thing about these tops is that the stretchy, ribbed fabric holds its shape extraordinarily well. I especially notice this in the sleeves; I often push my sleeves up near my elbows, which almost always results in misshapen cuffs that slip down more and more easily throughout the day. However, I can wear the Micro Rib long-sleeves multiple times without any stretching out anywhere. I like these tops enough to wear them on their own, but I wear them the most underneath other things. They’re the perfect layering piece to help get a few more wears out of summer dresses or jumpsuits, and they’re also amazing underneath sweaters. The extra layer adds more warmth and also helps to keep my skin comfortable and non-itchy. The black version is completely opaque, and while the white is a little see-through, I find that they work well with a nude bra. These tees are such a simple, basic piece, but I honestly can’t recommend them enough for autumn and winter!
Finally, I want to mention a style that is new to me but is already much-loved! I somehow made it through last winter without any black boots, and I knew that a high-quality pair was top of my wishlist for fall and winter this year. I’m honestly not sure how I managed last year because midwestern winters are so full of mud and dirt that quickly ruins lighter-colored shoes! I was on the lookout for something that was ankle-length, sleek, and low-profile. I hate fussing around with laces and zippers on shoes, so a slip-on style was important to me. I was also ideally hoping for boots with a rubber sole for the sake of durability and weather-proofing. I was so excited to find The Western Boot! They checked every box for what I was looking for, and they’re such a unique style. I definitely don’t have anything in my closet that’s quite like them! The Western Boot features smooth, high-quality leather combined with an elastic section at the back, which makes them so easy to pull on. The have an angled heel that adds a little bit of height while remaining low enough that they’re easy to walk in, and the rubber soles are going to be perfect for trudging through rain, slush, and snow over the next six months (please note that these aren’t marketed as a water-resistant shoe - I just know they’re going to be better in the snow and rain than some of my other shoes with wooden or leather soles). The design is a nod to Americana-style cowboy boots, and while I was concerned that these wouldn’t quite fit into my closet, I absolutely love the way they look. With their square toe and sleek feel, they just make me feel cool! The leather isn’t quite as buttery-soft as the leather that Everlane uses in their Day shoe lines, so there is a little bit more of a break-in period. I’ve been wearing them for a few hours at a time each day and they ease up a little bit with each wear. The first time I wore them, they felt just a hair tight, but they have already loosened with a few more wears and will continue to as they break in more fully. I’m able to wear them with winter socks as-is, but would probably go up a half size if I wanted a roomier fit.
Do you have any pieces that you reach for over and over in the transitional seasons?
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