My Tried and True Winter Coat and Boots

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Although nothing like Winter in the U.P. where Scotti lives, usually by January in West Michigan you can expect freezing temperatures and a solid layer of snow that won’t melt until Spring. But this past week it was so unseasonably warm almost all of the snow melted.

Not that I’m complaining, but it gets hot fast when you have all of your warmest gear on and it’s 60 degrees outside.

With the exception of our random weekend of warm weather…this marks my third Michigan winter and I think I’m finally figuring out how to dress for serious cold and snow. As long as you have a very warm coat and snow-proof boots, it’s really not so bad. I swear.  Read on for my go-to winter weather picks.

This winter, I never leave the house without my Kara Parka by Sanctuary and my Out n’ About Sorels. And if you’re in the market for a new winter coat or winter boots, now is a great time to buy because basically all my favorites are on sale and up to 55% off. See how I wear mine and then browse my favs.

Warm Winter Parka and Duck Boots


parka – Sanctuary’s Kara Winter Faux Fur Parka, $259.95. This coat is SERIOUSLY warm thanks to it’s faux fur lining. I also love that the faux fur trim on the hood is detachable.

sweater – H&M Oversized Mohair-blend Sweater, $39.95. I went to HM the other day and most of the store was on sale, they’re clearing out their old inventory to make room for new stuff so it’s definitely worth a browse.

jeans – Levi’s 521 High Rise Skinny Jeans, $44.50. For the price and the quality, you can’t beat Levi’s.

boots – Sorel Out N About Boots I love my Out N Abouts, although they’ve gotten mixed reviews from buyers at Nordstroms. The issue is they run REALLY small, so make sure to order a whole size up.

bag – Matisse’s Neuvo Leather Messenger Backpack, $279.95. It’s a leather backpack to last a lifetime, I’m still working on softening up the leather.

More Parkas to Love…


Browse Duck Boots…



Photos by the absolutely amazing Sam Marz. You can see more of his work on Instagram: @sammarz (and I’m @jessbobess) –

Stay warm and toasty my friends xx,



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  1. I got the Out and About boots based off of another post of yours and I LOVE them! I love sorels and these are great. I am in NW Pennsylvania so we get lots of snow and cold. I was raised on Sorels (just like Shana:)) They used to be for warmth not fashion, but I just love these little boots and I love the color (I got the same ones you are wearing here). They go with everything! Thanks for the recommendation:)

  2. As much as I love my Out and Abouts, they are not cold weather boots. I live in Northern Minnesota and only wear them when it’s 25 degrees above zero but my feet are cold until it’s a good 45 and that’s with warm wool socks. They keep your feet dry though! And they are cute, cute, cute!

  3. Laura Flanagan on

    I love these looks (and the other “cold” weather looks you guys have featured)…but is that REALLY what you guys wear when it’s cold and snowy??? I’m from WI and have lived in MN and MI, and fingerless gloves (Scottie’s post), unzipped jackets, and short unlined booties would not have been at all realistic for me in that climate! Now I live in NC, and these looks are pretty spot on for what I need for most days in a more temperate climate. But I’d really like to know what you wear when it’s single digits and you’re walking through a foot or more of snow!

    • Ha. I was wondering this too. However, I must admit that these posts are more realistic than some other “winter” outfits I see in magazines or other blogs. (Exposed legs or sandals in Winter?! NO.) I’m in Canada. When it gets super cold here I don’t think anyone actually cares what they look like. But…. I guess that would be a pretty boring blog post.

      • I live in MI and my winter boots are sperry duck boots. I don’t know that I would wear them sledding but they definitely work for everyday wear. But I always zip my coat! 😉 I’m guessing the coats are unzipped in these posts so you can see what they’re wearing under their coats. It’s posts that show people who live in MI wearing flats in the dead of winter that drive me crazy. That’s not practical at all!

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