Capsule Wardrobe: Skinny Jeans for Winter

Allie you shared something on Facebook about skinny jeans aren’t stylish any more. I just bought three pairs of skinny jeans in brown, jean color, and a tan cord. How can I make them look okay this winter? What tops are best with them, what shoes? I live in Michigan so I need to be warm.

The conversation on that article went deeper into what jeans are coming back en vogue, and how even though they say skinnies are dead they aren’t going anywhere. Like boot cut jeans, peasant tops, a-line shift dresses, and tall boots; there’s some trends that won’t go away even though fashion “experts” say they are dead. They don’t ever die because we real women with real bodies find these trends flattering and extremely wearable. It’s funny how five years ago many of us refused to adopt the skinny jean trend and now we refuse to let the trend go. But just because one news article says skinnies are passé doesn’t mean you need to find a whole new wardrobe. I’m still rocking my skinnies because though I was a late adopter, I now LOVE THEM.  And what matters most when it comes to style is wearing what is true to you, wear what you love!

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I’ve found the best way to incorporate a trend, whether hot off the runway or something the New York Times deems dated, is to wear it with similar colors. Create a color story with your wardrobe, mixing varying shades of similar hues or going monochromatic. For this capsule collection based off your skinnies wardrobe, I stuck to a warm palette of neutrals that will look luxe and show the skinnies are a purposeful addition to your closet.

When wearing skinny pants, it’s important to balance the figure or you can quickly look like a lollipop. Luckily, this is easy to do when it’s cold and you want lots of weight and layers. The first row of tops are the type that can just be thrown on with skinnies and look chic: tunics, slouchy sweaters, ponchos, and chunky knits that balance the frame. The second row is all about the layers; a knit blazer adds polish without sacrificing comfort or warmth, and waterfall cardigans and sweater coats are cozy and on trend while balancing the frame.

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Speaking of base layers, this year has really embraced layering, and practical layering at that. Turtlenecks are easy to find at all pricepoints, henleys are back in style, and there’s nothing wrong with even putting another layer under these pieces. Because I’m Allie, I added a striped knit which adds interest to an outfit of solids, and I also find to be the easiest pattern to mix with other patterns.

As for shoes, I also believe balance is important and I also believe in the importance of function over fashion. I chose three different shoes that will balance the skinny jeans while keeping you warm and dry through the winter. A pair of tall boots are a perfect pairing over skinny jeans. A pair of ankle boots are also a great pairing and this season chunky marled socks have come back in fashion and look great filling the space between cuffed skinny and boot (or over tucked-in skinny for extra cold weather protection). Use a waterproofing spray on your leather shoes and put rolled magazines in them to improve ventilation and help them keep their shape. Finally, if you’re in an area that has snow and slush, by all means wear boots appropriate for the weather! A traditional lace-up style of duck boot is back on trend and looks great laced up over skinnies.

Accessories are what pull a look together. Pashminas and infinity scarves are stylish while adding warmth and color to an outfit. A wide leather belt can cinch those sweaters to create a completely different look. Having a quality bag can add a luxe look even to discount mart knits and make the wearing of snow boots quite chic. Choosing one in a color similar to your leather shoes ties an entire ensemble together.

7 Comments

  1. Lee4
    November 19, 2014 / 5:01 pm

    Any tips on wearing the short boots with pants & jeans? One pin I saw on Pinterest said you should not let pants tuck inside the booties & to always show some ankle. As it gets colder, that may not be practical. Plus, not all my pants or jeans will work that way but I’d still like to wear my booties. Can I wear them with pants too? Major shoe confusion here…

    • November 19, 2014 / 5:07 pm

      Oh man, screw ankle showing come winter! I like tucking mine inside my boots, holding them in place with socks, though my sister got some little suspender-like clips off Amazon to make pants into stirrup pants and she finds them to work and be comfortable. I also wear booties under straight and wider leg pants (doing that today actually!). I’ve also taken taller thicker socks, roll the jeans, have the socks fill the gap between booties and pant and have a bit of the sock go under the jean to keep out all the cold. Sacrificing comfort is never stylish! <3

      • Lee4
        November 19, 2014 / 6:15 pm

        Thanks for replying & for all the suggestions. See, this is why I read your blog every day. I’ll have to give these a try soon.

  2. November 19, 2014 / 4:12 pm

    I guess I’m just a late adopter. It took me a fair while to get into skinny jeans and now I’m not planning to shop for wider legs anytime soon. I love your balance of chunky shoes and cosy tops with the skinny jeans.

  3. November 17, 2014 / 1:19 pm

    I have to agree!! As we get older, I think it’s more important to make sure what you are wearing is good for you, then add a tidge of what’s in style!

  4. November 17, 2014 / 12:11 pm

    Omg too funny! Years ago I hated the skinny jean trend and swore I’d never wear them. Now it’s all I wear. Glad to know I’m not the only one!

  5. November 17, 2014 / 11:29 am

    This is a great post. I get so frustrated when people bemoan things being “dead” when they love them. If you like a style, if you think it fits and flatters you and you looks your best in it, who cares if it’s last season? Rock those skinny jeans! I will wear mine with my tall boots when I’m a grizzled old lady 🙂

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