Winter Capsule Planning: These Boots, This Bag…Which Coat?

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During the winter, my wardrobe becomes very predictable: a black silk cami (for warmth), tucked into a pair of skinny jeans with a cozy sweater on top. Most of the time — especially for running errands, etc., — I finish the look off with a short puffer jacket, backpack, and chic snowboots. If it’s really cold, I add a cute hat and mittens, too.

This look works in downtown Philadelphia, it works in snowy ski towns, it works in the frigid cold temps of Marquette, MI. It’s easy, it feels like me; I love it. And, if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, I guarantee you’ve seen it before.

A black puffer jacket, a white or brown winter coat? For our capsule wardrobe checklist, we've got the boots & the bag, but which coat?

But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to change it up…a little.

I find that I’m happiest with small-ish tweaks to a formula that otherwise works just fine. So when I came across these cute (waterproof!!) UGG boots, I was intrigued: could these be my new, go-to winter boots?

A black puffer jacket, a white or brown winter coat? For our capsule wardrobe checklist, we've got the boots & the bag, but which coat?

I have worn UGG’s hiking boots before — they’re shockingly warm and grippy. I actually hiked to the Eben Ice Caves in them…and remember being surprised by how warm they were. I also wore them a ton with leggings, here. I’m a bit concerned that the shaft is so low (they don’t look much higher than my UGG minis)…but they’re cute, warm and the overall direction would be a fresh change from my usual black. (That said, if you aren’t feeling this particular pair of boots, I’ve rounded up other options that would work just as well with the coats/bags/hats highlighted below.)

Coat Option 1: Do The Boots Work With My Existing Jacket (aka a Black Puffer)?

When I’m outfit planning, especially for pieces that will be worn on the daily, making a collage helps. It’s a bit like paper dolls. I can then see pieces come together (or not). So. If I buy nothing else…will boots like these work with my existing black puffer jacket?

A black puffer jacket, a white or brown winter coat? For our capsule wardrobe checklist, we've got the boots & the bag, but which coat?

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In this case? Yes. However, because they’re so much more casual in nature, I don’t think they’d work with a super-sporty, shiny puffer jacket. But matte black? Yup.

Coat Option 2: What About Winter White?

I have a few winter white fleece jackets I’ve been wearing this fall…soooo…what if I doubled-down on winter white for actual winter? It would certainly change the vibe of my go-to outfit, and — not gonna lie — I’m kiiiinda into the resulting Winter Princess lewk.

A black puffer jacket, a white or brown winter coat? For our capsule wardrobe checklist, we've got the boots & the bag, but which coat?

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Coat Option 3: Ooooo…Warm Tones

Lastly…I’ve been really drawn to luxe, textured puffers in varying shades of brown. They’re like a fresh twist on ’70s retro styling. We’re talking faux leather, corduroy, velvet…in the prettiest, most flattering shades.

A black puffer jacket, a white or brown winter coat? For our capsule wardrobe checklist, we've got the boots & the bag, but which coat?

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On The Hunt: Winter Boots In Shades Of Tan

Now that I’ve convinced myself on the concept of a lighter, tanner winter boot…I’ve gotta find the perfect one. Ideally, I’d find a boot that worked with both skinny jeans, leggings and cropped mom jeans…but that holy grail of boot has proven pretty elusive. For winter, if I had to prioritize one style, it would probably be skinny jeans. Why? They’re easier to wear in the snow, especially with OTK boots or snow boots of any kind. (Cropped mom jeans, on the other hand, are pretty disastrous in the snow.)

So. Here are all the boots that caught my eye — any could be swapped in for the UGG boots in the above collages. I’ll be ordering my top three from this list to try (and will report back)….

ps. If any of the boots (below) are from Backcountry, don’t forget to take 15% off with code THEMOMEDIT.

Does anyone else put this much thought into new purchases? It might just be the job…but I’m pretty sure I’ve always been this obsessive about it. Hmm.

xo,

S

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Really cute combos. I had a long white puffer coat back in the day but when I moved to NYC it got gross immediately and I gave it to my sister. City grime is appparently no joke.

    The brown-tone collage has me missing the AMAZING dark brown corduroy bomber jacket (with matching faux shearling on the collar) that I bought back in…2006, at Mango in Spain. I wore that jacket to DEATH and loved it; glad to see similar styles are coming back around again.

    My eye went straight to those Bos & Co. boots–I’m a sucker for color blocking and the zip opening looks so convenient along with the grippy sole.

  2. Hi, first time commenter here. Thanks for the roundup – of COURSE I love the La Canadienne boots the most. Wish they weren’t $575, but I know that brand is super high quality. I live in Colorado and so therefore live in puffers all winter. Love the winter white option with the tan/brown boots! Also, quick random question, if you don’t mind me asking: How do you make a collage like this? Seems like a great tip/idea for even non fashion bloggers 🙂

  3. I echo Danielle’s love for this post and her ask. I do NOT ski, but I am going to have to bundle up to sit on porches to visit with my parents, aunt and uncle who are all 80 years young. I figure if it keeps all of you warm on the slopes it will keep me warm on the porches. Although I am looking for a long and warm coat.

  4. Beven, I bought a pair of La Canadienne boots on sale 15 years ago and they are still going strong. Their style tends to be timeless and they are a workhorse in terms of durability. Keep your eye out for a sale. For if you can swing it at a lower price point, you won’t regret it.

  5. I am so glad to see skinny jeans in the mix here. I was very fearful they were on their way out, and I haven’t figured out how to pull off the non-cropped straight jean look yet. Skinnies are still an important jean style for my Minnesota winters!

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