One of my favorite things about winter time is that even tucked away here in California, I’m able to pull out jackets and boots, scarves and sweaters. While we don’t experience snow in the Bay Area, it does tend to cool down just enough to justify getting a few fun cool-weather staples.
Hopefully you received all the goodies that were on your holiday wish list, but in the case that you’re looking for a few warm-weather articles to ring in 2016, I wanted to share a few of my favorite winter fashion finds.
One of my favorite and cost-effective purchases this season is Old Navy’s Frost Free Fleece-Lined Vest ($34.95). I am in love with the vest look and always find myself dreaming over the adorable vests that other brands come out with each season. However, many of the other vests that I covet come at an $80-$150 price point, which can certainly get a bit pricey. My Old Navy vest, pictured below in Herringbone Grey, was a nice alternative to the pricier options and came in an adorable (and versatile, I may add) color. Bonus points to this vest for being available in petite sizing.
My next purchase this winter has been a pair of Hunter Original Tall Rain Boots ($150.00). Luckily, I didn’t have to pay full retail due to an excellent sale at Costco that allowed me to nab these adorable boots in glossy black for a mere $79.99! Even at the greatly reduced price, these were still just a bit of a splurge for me because, let’s be honest, I live in California and not only are we in the midst of a major drought, but also it’s rare that we get so much rain that we need knee-high rain boots. That being said, they were just too cute to pass up and I’m hoping that my purchase will foreshadow a “rain-ier” 2016! What I love about these boots is their slim cut and comfortable fit!
Another major winter fashion staple for me is my UNIQLO Ultra Light Down Jacket ($79.99). While I actually purchased my jacket last season, this popular style is still available in stores and online. This jacket is an incredible find –it’s lightweight and portable (bundling into a small pouch you receive with your purchase), and the down filling gives you an instantaneous surge of warmth. I originally purchased this jacket to have something to throw on in my early morning commutes, but it has seen a lot more action than that by becoming a staple item that I pack when I travel. It’s also a great option for hikers, as it takes up very little space/weight in a backpack.
The final items that I want to share are the most amazing Merino Wool Trail Socks that I located at…wait for it…Costco! By now, you should know that I’m a HUGE fan of Costco. I was introduced to these socks by my Mom who is busily planning her packing list for a trip my parents are taking to Scandinavia to see the Northern Lights. While on her typical shopping trip she found these adorable merino wool socks. Since EVERYTHING at Costco comes in bulk, her purchase included a bit more than she needed, so she dropped off a pair for me. (Thanks, Mom!) The socks are both warm and breathable, and I’ve been wearing them in my riding boots and Hunter rain boots. Oh, and did I mention they’re only $11.99 for a pack of four?
I’ll be honest, while California winters aren’t quite the same as other parts of the world, we still love to dabble in cool weather fashion. Do you have a great winter clothing piece or accessory that you love this year? If so, please share in the comments below!