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ania styles: coats + scarves

coat: old by Mango – similar on sale here, here and here / scarf: old by zara

shoes: Jonak booties – from when i was trying to look french while living there 🙂

dress: old by mango – similar here and here

it is officially the season where my hands have begun to crack and bleed. yay for winter. #eyerollemoji

as much as i try to convince myself i like winter, i despise when it gets so cold you have to hustle to and fro with your head down in your scarf and your hands shoved deeeeeep into your pockets. i like the coziness and snow falling and christmastime, but can we just see the sun a liiiiiiittle more often?

for this style post, i am focusing on scarves and coats.

well, actually scarves is easy to sum up: zara and on sale at j crew.

when people ask me where i get a scarf, that is always the answer. but since working at free people, i have become obsessed with this one with fringe and this super soft one that makes me think of being swaddled in straight up velvet. they fly out of the store. other good stores to find reasonably priced scarves is the tbd department of nordstrom and urban outfitters! what i look for is something that goes with the color of coats i have and warm. pretty easy criteria.;)

i like to get either huge blanket scarves, which seems to be zara’s specialty or a long one like below that i can wrap around and around so my whole face stays warm.

when i lived in france, i learned to love winter jackets. in america, we tend to value warmth over style in the winter. the french were like “we can do both”. #ofcourseyoucan i have no problem with my big, down eddie bauer jacket (seriously though – if you need a puffy coat, grab this similar one!). i love that big fur hood and the fitted part at the end of the sleeve so that the cold doesn’t creep up in.

but the europeans didn’t wear puffy coats and they looked just fine and toasty. they have a way of looking weather appropriate and warm without looking like they just got outfitted by REI. it’s something i have been challenging myself to do this winter just for fun. my british girlfriends even had these amazing fur coats they found at thrift stores that they would wear out and about – oh my lanta, i was just one big heart eyes emoji. paired with skinny jeans and converse? gosh, they looked so casual freaking cool.

but anyways, back to winter coats in the good old us of a.

i thought this might be a good time to draw your attention to warm clothing since:

  1. it’s freezing outside
  2. it’s freezing outside
  3. refer to 1 & 2
  4. there’s tons of sales going on!

am i funny or nah?;)

things for you to keep in mind when you buy a nice winter coat: this is an investment. yes, it may be expensive. but let’s say winter is four months long and you wear it everyday. that’s 160ish days you’ll wear this jacket AND most likely it’ll last for next winter too. as i have been learning to spend my money on less but higher quality, coats is the very top of the list.

okay, maybe this will help – here is a list of questions i ask myself as i try on coats:

does this color look good on me or just the last girl that tried it on? will this color go with a lot of clothing/scarves i own? will i wear this coat next season? will it last til next season? how thick is the wool? are there pockets? how long is it/how long do i need it to be? will this be on better sale in a month? how long are the sleeves? can i pop the color? is there a hood? could i wear this to work/church? is it dry clean only?

also, you pretty people are in luck because january is a HUGE sale month for europe. so mango and zara, two of my go to’s for coats AND scarves, are having great sales! they run very true to size, in my experience and even though it might not be the j crew coat of my dreams quality, they’ve been lasting me three winters so i think that’s pretty good!

here are some that caught my eye from those two stores and others just to help narrow the search for you:)

zara: full pointed collar coat | coat with tassel detail | soft faux fur coat

mango: lapels wool coat | pockets wool coat

madewell: sherpa cocoon coat | city grid coat | monsieur coat | octave blazer coat | teatro swing coat

j crew: stadium cloth cocoon coat

i had a couple requests to do this post which made me so happy because ultimately i want to be writing what you would like to be reading so here you go! thanks for reading – i seriously love writing for you all. 🙂

and i will never turn my back on you… #thegirlsgotjokes

 

xx,

ae

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