The Best Way To Perk Up Your Black Jacket This Winter

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I’ve been talking about my love of taupe for several years now.  It originally started in the summer with a pair of taupe booties….then a backpack….and then I realized that summer was long-gone but my taupe obsession was not.

Two years later, here we are.

Taupe booties have the freshness of white ankle boots (or close, anyway), without the statement.  White boots are a THING.  Taupe boots?  They’re just an easy, albeit unexpected choice.  They’re like KISS before the makeup, Shakira without the hips – still cool, but not, ya know, rockstars. (Also, can lie.) Thank you, intern Sydney, for these nuggets of comparison gold.

In any case, taupe accessories – booties included – are an easy way to update winter blacks.  Black puffer jackets, black sweater, black jeans….try taupe!  And while I don’t usually match my shoes and bags exactly….various shades of taupe (or even a light gray) all seem to work together to lighten up my usual winter outfits.

Outfit Details

jacket: old IRO, but this Madewell jacket is really similar (and soft!!) and beloved by readers.

jeans: my usual AG Legging Jeans (I’m wearing a 25 in these, but I should’ve gotten the 24)

scarf: Sole Society Textured Leopard Print Scarf c/o – obsessed with Sole Society’s giant blanket scarves, and this one is so pretty.  There’s a few other blanket scarves that would look cute with taupe booties, however, if silver leopard isn’t your thing (but seriously, how could it not be??)

bag: Sole Society Carly Backpack c/o – I love the color, shape, and size of this backpack, but I don’t love the clasp.  Luckily, there’s an internal drawstring that works well if you don’t want to futz with the magnetic closure.  But if that will bug you, Sole Society has a whole range of affordable bags in taupe, all perfect for testing out the versatility of taupe in winter.  Here are my favs….

booties: Sole Society Barbora Booties – I LOVE these.  I love that they’re flat and made out of suuuuper soft leather.  There’s nothing to scrape or pinch or be broken in.  Because I’m a huge baby, I’ll probably throw gel inserts in them to make them feel like sneakers.




A huge thank you to Sole Society for sponsoring this post!!  I love working with you guys – figuring out how to try new trends or styling ideas in an affordable way is always so much fun.  And readers, thank you for your continued support!  It doesn’t go unnoticed, and is so very much appreciated.

photo credit: Redfield Photography 


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Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and denim-underwear, always.

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  1. I like this because it’s unexpected. Expected would be that you “liven up” a black jacket with something lively, not taupe! lol. So I like it because it’s cool like “oh, this old stuff I’ve had forever? I just threw it on.” Not– see how hard I’m trying to liven this black coat up with a cool bold pattern? (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.).

  2. I LOVE ❤️ my taupe booties!! I’ve got 2 pairs and I wear them. All. The. Time. They make the legs look miles long and work with everything! And, taking your advise about white booties, I broke down and bought a kitten heeled pair. Love 💗 them! As always, love your blog!

  3. I agree about the AG Jeans. I have the same ones and wish I went down a size. I love them but they are a bit too big. Great outfits on this post!

  4. I love that flat pair of boots!
    By the way, Annmarie’s piece about moving to a new house and all of the meaning that the house she is leaving has been to her (and the fish!), I just loved it. It was moving and enjoyable to read. ❤️❤️❤️

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