Winter = dressing warm and cozy. Especially when heading outdoors. In my part of the world, it’s mid-winter, and though our Northern California weather is pretty mild by Midwest and East Coast standards, it feels pretty darn cold to me some days. But a warm winter jacket look doesn’t mean we need to step outside looking like a version of the Michelin Man!
I’m the queen of feeling cold, and I’m pretty happy bundling up when I feel chilled. I can easily feel a bit indifferent to what I look like heading out the door. But NO! Seriously, I don’t want to let myself go there. It’s not that difficult to put a minute of thought into our warm winter layers.
Think about how you dress – what clothes you choose when you are out and about. Does your look help you to feel amazing? Does it boost your confidence? Do you feel creative when putting an outfit together? Have you considered what message you are communicating by how you’ve dressed?
Putting together your outfit each day is so much more than throwing on whatever is easy to grab. It IS a creative process! It absolutely DOES communicate something about you. And, yes, dressing so you feel great can truly be a confidence booster.
Here are three looks for fending off the cold and feeling stylish at the same time.
Puffer (or Puffy) Jacket
Puffer jackets and coats continue to be a fashion trend. (Check out all the options in the widget below – so many sales too!) It’s so easy to end up a parody of the Michelin Man! But with a few simple tweaks, your puffer look is elevated to chic. I opted for flared jeans and my fun white leather booties for a start. (We don’t get snow in the greater Bay Area of Northern Cal, so footwear choices can be versatile.)
My off-white puffer is definitely cozy but a bit plain. To make the look a little more stylish, I added a pretty scarf with a neutral color palette. I also topped off the look with a knit beani in neutral tones (I bought the beanie at a local boutique that caters to young people, so I feel cool whenever I wear it!)
Such easy add-ons to equal big impact!
Cozy Camel Jacket
This next look moves into a little more color and contrast, with a camel car coat-inspired jacket. For interest (and warmth) I’ve added a pair of fun cashmere fingerless gloves. The gloves are an eggplant/dark brown tone that work so well with the scarf. Throw on a beautiful and richly toned scarf, and we have a look ready for anything from running errands to an afternoon or evening date.
My knit beanie with this look has a perky pom pom on top. Sadly, my photos didn’t capture that whimsical feature. I don’t love myself in a beanie, however, on cold days wearing a hat does make a huge contribution to staying warm. So I wear them.
Cheery Pink Car Coat
This third warm look is making a full commitment to bright! This pink car coat (fits more with the description of a traditional car coat) is fun and super warm and very easy to throw on as I’m heading out the door on those days I’m feeling confident or on the days I feel like my confidence could use a little fertilizer.
*Wonder what qualifies as a car coat? I did. Scroll to the bottom of the post to see what I found (credit: us.gloverall.com).
Pink has become a favorite color of mine over the past five years or so. I don’t really know why. I like the femininity of it and the whimsy of pink. When I was young – in my early teens probably – there were only two colors I thought I could wear that went with my brunette coloring: brown and pink. That’s so funny to me now, but because of that, for years I didn’t like pink. Now as a mature woman, it’s a bit ironic that I gravitate to pink in all of its tones.
What’s your favorite color? What color are you wearing when you feel amazing? How about a coat in that color? Can you imagine how you would feel walking out the door in that coat?
This fun look is intensified by a gorgeous, bold scarf in pink and red tones AND my favorite lug sole boots. This look is perfect for a casual office setting and then could transition to dinner out. (I’m sorry I keep talking about these boots, but I’ve been loving them for so many reasons. Curious why? See below.)
Above, I added a black cashmere beanie just to show the look.
The backlit lighting makes my background look fake, but it’s an actual little grove at Sonoma State University.
If you’re a regular Dez & Dot follower, you’ve seen these boots a few times already. The lug sole is a popular trend in shoes this season. Because the trend is so big, I decided I had to try it. There are options for all ages, and this boot is a more grown-up interpretation of the lug sole style. And they are SO comfortable.
The boots are by Blondo, a shoe company that does a beautiful job of making quality shoes that are waterproof but don’t look like rain boots. They come in several colors: wine, taupe, sand, black nubuck, and black leather (I have the black leather and am thinking about adding another color). They are available from Nordstrom (shopping link here).
Stay Warm with a Puffer Jacket!
Well, I went a little overboard. It feels like a shopping trip to me when I curate styles for you to browse! Below is a very wide assortment of cozy puffers. Note that some styles come in different colors in addition to what’s shown here, so if you see something you love but don’t love the color, check for other options by clicking on the image.
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Car Coat Inspired & Cozy
So many fun jackets and car coat styles below! A many are on sale. As noted above, click on the jacket/coat to find out if other colors or patterns are available.
The History of the Car Coat
The car coat’s name can trace its roots back to its original function of protecting drivers and their passengers when automobiles used to be open top. To this day, the name has stuck given its connotations of sophistication and suave styling.
Car coats became popular in the early 1900s when most cars were open top and required protective clothing.
Although functional, the car coat was also seen as a status symbol. It showed you owned or knew someone who owned an automobile which led to a lot of people often wearing their car coats outside the car. The style grew in popularity as cars became more affordable.
As cars changed to have roofs and heating, the car coat followed suit becoming shorter and lightweight. The style we recognize today is a mid-thigh length A-Line shape with a flat front. The shape allows room for movement, the length ensures there’s no fabric getting in the way of using foot pedals and the flat front stops the coat from bunching and creasing when sat down.