Dressing for Winter

WINTER STYLE: RAINBOW KNIT SWEATER AND OVER THE KNEE BOOTS

The Steele Maiden: Winter Style - Rainbow Knit Sweater and Suede Over the Knee Boots

My winter wardrobe is fairly neutral – which is why this rainbow knit sweater feels like such a fun addition. A little bit boxy, a little bit 80s, and a lot bit cozy – I lived in this sweater for most of the weekend. And don’t worry Mom, I promise I only unwrapped my scarf and opened up my coat for the 5 minutes it took to snap these photos.

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New York feels so cold out right now that wearing anything but my huge puffer jacket and taking a few photos in our neighborhood honestly feels like a chore. So I’m trying my best to have find joy in winter accessories like this fringe scarf and wool beret (see more of my favorites under $50 here) and shoes. Over the knee boots are my secret weapon in the winter – they look stylish but also act as a thick second layer over jeans which I don’t find to be warm at all. I like that this taupe suede pair feels more casual than some of my other pairs and are really walkable for commuting to work.

Wool Beret | Loft Rainbow Knit Sweater – 50% off right now | Teddy Peacoat | Suede OTK Boots | Dagne Dover Bucket Bag c/o | Quay Cat Eye Sunglasses

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PASTEL WINTER ACCESSORIES UNDER $50

The Steele Maiden: Pastel Winter Accessories Under $50

Well helloooo there Friday! The first full 5-day week back at work in 2018 and it passed by in a blur of 10 hour days at my desk… anyone else? Needless to say I’m ready for the weekend.

Likewise, I’m ready for ways to dress up my boring black and grey winter coats. And now that the glitz of the holidays has faded, pastel winter accessories feel like a fresh way to do that. I’m especially into the touches of velvet, hits of lavender/baby blue and fun hats (as evidenced in the above photo). Oh – and everything is under $50 because after December’s indulgences – January is a month that, I think we all can agree, was made for healthy eating and minimal spending.

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CASUAL WINTER LAYERS

The Steele Maiden: Casual Winter Layers - Floral Puffer Jacket

Last week, as we entered a new year – I took a quick poll on my Instagram Stories to hear what you wanted to see more of on the blog in 2018. And one of the things you all resoundingly agreed on was budget-friendly looks and casual style. I get it – a frilly dress is fun and all, but when it’s freezing cold and you’ve got to go run errands, all you really want to see are ideas of how to look reasonably cute while staying warm. So for my first new outfit post of the year I’m sticking to price-concious, casual winter layers. And I plan on bringing you lots more where this came from in the new year.

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This outfit is exactly the type of thing that to me – makes winter dressing a little bit more fun. I’ve got lots of layers on (including tights under my overalls to be sure my legs didn’t get too cold), but the mix of textures and pattern saves it from feeling boring. I originally got this floral puffer jacket back in the Fall (see how I first wore it here), but with the addition of a thin striped turtleneck, thick sweater and these overalls – it stands up pretty well to much colder temps. It’s good to find ways to shop your own closet across seasons. Plus, I’m already sick of my black puffer jacket this winter and we’re only 1 week into January.

Lands’ End Floral Puffer Jacket c/o | Striped Turtleneck | Knit Pullover Sweater | Sole Society Suede Booties c/o | Anthropologie Knit Pom Hat | H&M Overalls | Burberry Lipstick in Bright Plum c/o

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COZY WINTER TEXTURES

The Steele Maiden: Cozy Winter Textures

Once it drops below 30 degrees I basically only want to wear things that have a fuzzy texture. And once it drops below 10 degrees I could pretty much be mistaken for a bear. These cozy winter textures (shearling, thick knits and felted wool) are all perfect for when you don’t want to get out from under your covers but have to – because you know, work and stuff.

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These past few days I’ve admittedly been hiding inside of my giant puffer coat – but on days when it’s a bit less frigid this wool striped coat is actually decently warm. Same goes for these shearling-lined booties. And these earmuffs are my absolute favorite thing (a souvenir from our visit to the sheep-filled English countryside – but I linked a nearly identical pair), so delightfully oversized that they just make everything feel more fun. Plus they don’t have that horrible static/flattening effect on my hair that knit hats tend to do. Win, win.

Wool Striped Coat c/o Amazon Fashion | Sweater | Talbots Grey Jeans c/o | Seychelles Shearling Booties c/o | Shearling Earmuffs – similar | Radley London Backpack c/o

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THE BEST SNOW BOOTS FOR A NEW YORK WINTER

Best Winter Snow Boots

After 7 winters in New York City (and a lifetime on the East Coast) – I think it’s safe to say I’ve learned a thing or two about proper footwear. There are boots that are perfect for light, fluttery snow with a side of somewhat slick streets that I would NEVER think about wearing on the 2nd day after a big snowstorm when the slush is calf-deep off the edge of every single curb. Below – the 3 types of all-weather/snow boots that I have in my arsenal to survive any New York City winter.

FOR LIGHT SNOW OR A WINTRY MIX

FOR A FEW INCHES OR A MAJOR BLIZZARD

FOR POST-SNOWSTORM SLUSH

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