It’s January, people, put away those sequins. Faux-fur? BYE. The holidays are O-V-E-R, and it’s now just gray skies, work, and detox. So get out your tumeric ginger tea, grind those goji berries, and embrace your black puffer coat. WELCOME TO JANUARY.
I’m kidding. Mostly. Raines’ birthday is in January (as is mine), and I’ve always found January to feel like…a new beginning. Which feels sanity-saving after the craziness (and utter excess) of the holidays. I find myself gleefully tearing down Christmas decorations and — on a rampage — vowing to declutter the entire house, while Mike and the boys cower in fear of my MOMENTUM. (And by ‘cower in fear’ I mean ‘roll their eyes’.)
I don’t usually get much decluttering done (I tend to lose steam mid-January), but one thing that has stayed consistent, year after year, is that by Jan? I’m OVER IT. I’m over getting dressed up, I’m over trends, I’m over uncomfortable shoes and complicated bra situations, and I just want to wear black, black and more black. And….if I’m being totally honest here….I’ll stay in this mode until April.
Over the years, I’ve sometimes thrown together a very tongue-in-cheek “style resolution” article (you can type it into our search bar) but frankly, my Style Resolutions from 2017 totally suffice for today. Especially the last one:
…will wear all black, unapologetically. Like my soul.
On that note….
My Favorite Black Jeans, Boots, Sweater and Backpack
I’m suuuuuper picky about the wash of my black jeans; I want them to be perfectly faded but NOT gray. I also like a black turtleneck that is thick and cozy…yet still fits under a jacket. By now, you guys are probably aware of how much I like this backpack, and I’ve been really impressed with these waterproof UGG boots. (Fully tested them in 18-degree weather over the holidays.) All together? I have an outfit that works in almost any situation, any weather. Not only am I wearing this all over Philly, but if I’m traveling anywhere cold….I’m packing this.
My Everyday Outfit Idea For Urban Adventures
My favorite pieces are the ones featured above, but I do have a few others that I can stand behind. And since these really are the kinds of pieces that will get a ton of wear, I thought it was worth rounding up.
More Faded Black Skinny Jeans
The jeans below are pairs that I’ve tried and loved…AND they have that faded-black wash I insist upon.
More Cozy-Chic Black Sweaters
I was going to round up more sweaters…but…to be honest, I wouldn’t recommend ANY of them over these six below. Truly my top picks.
More Water-Resistant Backpacks
These aren’t necessarily sexy…WAIT. They are. They ARE sexy, in their own no-nonsense, clean-the-house-as-foreplay kind of way.
More Cute Hiking-Inspired Boots
I hate clunky snowboots because I do SO much walking. The boots on this list had to be lightweight enough to walk around all day (or do a little hiking), they had to look cute with skinny jeans, AND they had to be waterproof.