Puff Love

Well, Puxsutawney Phil has declared another six weeks of winter, so those of us in colder climes will not be putting our puffers away any time soon. That being said, when we get a sunny day with temps in the 40s, it almost feels like Spring. So a puffer vest is the perfect option.

This puffer vest is actually extra puffy and almost feels like you’re wearing a featherweight pillow. When I’m up at the cabin, I would definitely wear it indoors, layering it over my PJs or sweater. Since it’s a neutral beige tone, it would also be a good travel piece for sunnier climes that get chilly at night. I love the roomy pockets and cinch tie waist for extra shaping and waist definition. And while I think this piece looks pretty expensive, it’s anything but.

My cozy striped cashmere sweater is a Nordstrom Rack find, and that’s my go-to online site for shopping cashmere. They have a fantastic selection of designer options at very affordable prices. You do have to commit to purchases pretty quickly, because they will sell out. But if you want to refresh your winter wardrobe with a new sweater or two this winter, I highly recommend shopping here.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend snipping these wide leg black jeans the way I did, but I’m very happy with the results. The cropped version I wanted was sold out, so I went for the longer length and shortened them myself. If you don’t want a frayed edge, you could hem them for a more polished look.

For accessories, I doubled up on Gucci with my splurge double G belt (styled totally differently in my last post) and my (very!) LOVED tote, which is a perfect way to celebrate Year of the Tiger. My beanie is another cashmere oldie but goodie. I forgot I even had these adorable gloves until I was styling the shoot. Another reminder to always shop your closet! Last but not least, you’ve seen my waterproof, black suede Aquitalia boots in many posts (like here and here), and I can promise that as long as it’s cold out there you will be seeing them lots more. One of my fave, and most versatile, footwear purchases ever.

So my friends, I hope if it’s chilly where you are, you find ways to warm your body and your heart. And if you’re living in sunnier spaces, I’m pretty darn jelly right about now.

Puffer Vest: (H & M, on sale, also in a cool shiny black finish) Not a vest but love this funnel neck jacket and this hooded version.

Sweater: (Catharine Malandrino, sold out in colorway shown here but love this pretty option.)

Jeans: (H & M, sold out.) Love these (already cropped and on sale!) and these (also on sale) if you want a longer look.

Bag: (Gucci, no longer available) But you can celebrate Year of the Tiger in other fab ways with this, this or this.

Belt: (Gucci, reversible version here!) Affordable quality option here.

Gloves:(I have no idea of where I bought them!) Over-the-top version here and no pom poms but ruffles here.

Boots: (Aquitalia, old) Very similar here with just a slightly higher heel.

Beanie: (old, J. Crew) Great alternative (in lots of colors!) here.

Photos by Kristin Moore-Gantz @artdirectthis. Art by @rubin415.

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12 thoughts on “Puff Love

  1. Couldn’t agree more about classic Aquitalia boots – worth every cent because they last forever, are waterproof, and are super comfy. Nice longer-length puffer vest too. I also wear mine (Athleta) from several years ago that are longer in length, pack down to nothing, and are 3-seasons staples!

    1. I’m with you, Kathy. Aquitalia is a standout investment to any winter wardrobe. And a puffer vest is a must.

  2. I especially love the gloves…they are fun! Perhaps it wouldn’t be too hard to add fur ruffles to gloves I already have! You always look beautiful cuz!

    1. Awww, thanks cuz! I’m a big fan of my hot glue gun and pom poms (even fur ones) but also love your idea. xoxo

  3. Between you and Kathy H., I’m pretty proud and happy that you had the nerve to cut those jeans! Outfit looks great, always such a beautiful mix between colors and neutrals!

    1. Ha! It helped that the jeans were bought at a bargain price. Not sure i would try this trick with a designer pair!

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