We had our first 30 degree morning this past week in New York, which briskly reminded me that winter will be here before we know it! Now that November has started, this is the ideal time to purchase a new winter coat for two major reasons:
1. Timing - It’s still early enough in the season, so you’ll have ample time to research, purchase and make alterations (if necessary) to your new coat before old man winter arrives.
2. Also, timing (sensing a trend?) - We’re at this quiet time right now where you might have a little extra money in your pocket to invest in a new staple winter coat, before the holidays kick in and your savings account starts to dwindle.
As a working woman, I have written about the importance of sourcing a professional winter coat before, but I’ll reiterate this again … owning a classic + timeless winter coat, that you incorporate into your work wardrobe, will never be a purchase that you regret. In fact, a stunning winter coat is one article of clothing that I recommend splurging on, as you’ll get years of wear out of a quality coat, while staying warm all winter long.
Now as a tall woman, I know firsthand that finding a warm, gorgeous, winter coat with sleeves that are long enough can be quite a challenge. However, I recently had the pleasure of meeting Robin Harris, founder of Model Atelier, who just released a dazzling collection of fall/winter coats. For those who haven’t heard of Model Atelier before, this luxury retailer produces clothing exclusively for tall, strong and confident women who are 5’7” and taller. And their new collection of outerwear is truly worth checking out!
My favorite piece from the new Model Atelier outerwear collection, for the fall season, has to be this Leather Trimmed London Cape. There are so many gorgeous capes available right now, but most are not work appropriate. In a corporate setting, it’s important to look put-together, and many of the capes I’ve tried are too bulky + large, giving the appearance of wearing a blanket. Not a look that I’m going for. I want to look serious and polished, not like I threw a blanket over my head and came to work.
This smart cape has been tailored to look chic, while maintaining a work-appropriate appearance. It feels incredibly soft and warm, and I adore the leather piping detail along with the button closure at the neck.
One word describes this coat … sharp. In a classic black color, with slimming tailoring and gold buttons throughout, this Modern Trench Coat just looks city chic. My favorite detail has to be the gorgeous floral silk motiff that lines the interior of the jacket. With an elevated elegance, this trench coat is sure to take you into the harsh winter in style.
Ready for more? You can see the entire Model Atelier collection in person this weekend! Details are below, and be sure to check out my Instagram page for an incredible giveaway happening now!
Cape - Leather Trimmed London Cape from Model Atelier (here)
Coat - Modern Trench Coat from Model Atelier (here)
Earrings - Triangle Tassel Statement Earrings from ilymix (here)
While the 2016 fall runways have wrapped, the weather is finally cooling down and I am thrilled to start wearing some of my favorite fall accessories. This year, there were a few trends exhibited on the runway that are easy to incorporate into both work wear and street styles during the chiller months ahead.
TREND ONE - (Fur + Purse = Furse)
Plush purses were all over the runway for this season, and I adore how a furse can create a luxurious vibe even from your most conventional look. My fave … the Ilsa Bag from Worth New York. I’ll be posting some winter-worthy looks from the latest Worth NY collection in a few weeks, but this purse is so chic, I can’t wait until then to show it to you. Calf hair, leather, and just enough punch to spice up your work week.
TREND TWO - Pump It Up
Heels are back in a big way, especially sky high pumps … but with cooler temperatures ahead, I’m modifying this trend to include a closed toe and a boot feel. Long Tall Sally has a super chic, on-trend Mixed Material Ankle Boot that I have worn on repeat so far this fall. These comfortable booties feature suede with a snake effect on the front, leather on the back, and cushy block heel (3.7” heel height … if you're going to go big, go big). I have paired these shoes with black skinnies for the weekend, and a black pencil skirt + tights for the work week. Hello versatility!
TREND THREE - Statement Scarves
Ditch your statement necklaces and switch things up this fall by incorporating a statement scarf with your outfit. Scarves are coming on strong this season, particularly those with fabric canvases and visual elements that add interest to monochromatic outfits. My top picks for the season are this Mardi Gras Merino Wool stunner from My Signature Scarf (how gorgeous is the print, seriously), and this Plaid Blanket Scarf from ilymix. I wore both several times during our trip to Italy earlier this month, and I received many compliments on the Mardi Gras scarf for it’s beauty, and was always nice and toasty in the plaid ilymix blanket scarf.
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TREND FOUR - Master Mixer
It’s all about mishmashing old favorites from your jewelry box, and bringing new life into pieces by mixing metals. I have been experimenting with this trend lately, and have been continuously gravitating towards two items from my jewelry case. First up is this beautiful Star Ring from Lanie Lynn Jewelry, which I’ve worn for several weekend parties and brunches. The classic rose gold color creates a neutral pallet, allowing for a perfect pairing with other yellow gold or silver accessories, and since it's adjustable, I have been wearing it higher up on my fingers for a modern + minimalist look. And then there’s these striking Egyptian Ear Jackets, also from Lanie Lynn. I love the emerald green color (if it’s a jewel tone it’s for me), but these timeless + elegant earrings also come in a fiery navy blue.
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TREND FIVE - THROWING SHADE
As many fall wardrobes start to gravitate towards darker, monochromatic colors, this is a fantastic time to experiment with a new pair of sunnies while the weather is still on the warmer side and that gorgeous sun is still shining! I picked up these wholesale sunglasses recently, and have been wearing them during my commutes to add a little pop to otherwise uniformed outfits. There is also a great wholesale sunglasses distributor worth checking out if you're looking to try a new style, but not spend a fortune on a pair of shades.
Purse - Ilsa Bag from Worth New York (here)
Boots - Deluxe Mixed Material Ankle Boot thanks to Long Tall Sally (here)
Scarf - Mardi Gras Pure Merino Wool thanks to My Signature Scarf (here)
Scarf - Blanket Stripes Scarf from ilymix (here)
Ring - Rose Gold Star thanks to Lanie Lynn Jewelry (here)
Earrings - Egyptian Ear Jackets in Emerald thanks to Lanie Lynn Jewelry (here)
Sunnies - Purple Rain thanks to Solo-Solis (here and here)
No matter where you live, there are inevitably days when Mother Nature gets the best of you during a portion of your commute. Especially if your trek to and from work involves some form of public transportation, you’re often left waiting for a train/subway/bus while snow accumulates at your feet, or rain washes down on you.
Now that fall is starting to set in, it’s time to begin thinking about how to master the art of maintaining your professional look while commuting during the cooler months ahead. And this is not an easy feat. Rachel Mancini, a Cleveland-based CPA (who also inspired me to write this blog post) chatted with me about her struggles commuting to a major city each day. “I live in a suburb outside Cleveland, and walk about a mile for my morning commute. We have finicky weather where we can have a blizzard in the morning, then sunny skies in the afternoon. I am at a loss on what footwear to slip on when Mother Nature strikes, so I still look polished and professional.”
Girl, I got you. Here are my commuting tips to maintain your chic + professional business appearance during mother nature’s worst!
CHECK THE WEATHER
Seems intuitive, but I can’t tell you how many times I have forgotten to look and been caught in the rain. Just sneak a peek while you’re picking out your outfit, whether that’s the night before work, or in the morning. Mother nature preys on the uninformed. Arm yourself accordingly.
ROLL IT UP
For those days without precipitation, I reach for a rollable flat during my commute. There are tons of retailers that sell some form of rollable flat, but I’ll be honest, there are very few that actually look polished and professional for those moments when you bump into your boss while walking into your office building, or when you head out after work for drinks with friends. Here are the three I recommend:
WELLIES AND WINTER BOOTS
Invest in one great pair of timeless + sophisticated rain boots, and one pair of winter boots to wear during your commute. Opt for black since it will never go out of style, and steer clear of trendy details, or anything with a sole that doesn’t provide some traction. Black suede OTK boots are a great look for winter, but they’re not great for commuting in slippery conditions. Think function first, then fashion. Here are my top picks for rainy days:
And my top picks for snowy weather:
Once I arrive at my desk, I usually switch out of my commuting shoes and into my pumps for the work day. Last winter, I purchased a boot tray, filled it with river rocks, and kept it under my desk during the winter. It might seem trivial, but having an organized place for your boots while you’re at work, and a tray where they can dry off makes a big difference. And this is the perfect spot to store an extra pair of boots for those days when rain sets in mid-day and you’re stuck at the office without proper footwear. Here's a great tutorial ...
What are some of your favorite tips for navigating the winter months, commuting and maintaining a professional appearance all the while?
Sending a special thank you to Rachel Mancini for suggesting this blog post topic, and for helping contribute to this blog post.
I will be taking next week off from posting, as I am currently traveling around Italy with family, but be sure to visit the Six Foot Style Instagram page to see what I’m wearing while vacationing! Arrivederci!
It’s official, I have started to drag my fall/winter clothing out of the storage bins and turn over my closet. As I shed a silent tear while putting away my colorful summer clothing, I have taken inventory of my colder weather work outfits. Shocker … so many pieces are black. What is it about living in New York that makes me automatically default to black clothing in winter months?
While that might remain a mystery forever, I am determined to break my shopping habits this winter! So I set out to source a chic and sophisticated skirt suit set that’s appropriate for fall, yet traditional and classic enough in appearance for the workplace. I needed something timeless, functional and appropriately sized for my longer frame.
Search over. I am completely enamored with this flecked navy pencil skirt and blazer from Long Tall Sally. While navy might not stray too far from my love affair with black clothing, the flecked detailing on this skirt suit set creates a beautiful print without being too boisterous or overdone.
This smart skirt sits just below the knee, and incorporates that traditional and ever-classic pencil skirt silhouette without restriction. You’ll definitely be able to move, hail a cab, dash for the subway, and sit comfortably in this skirt. And the neat, single button jacket has a chic triple pleat along the back hem giving it an almost peplum feel from behind. The blazer also hugs in all the right places, and let’s take a moment to look at the sleeve length (tall ladies rejoice). What I love most though, is the venting details on both the jacket and skirt. Rather than a traditional vent that opens when flexed, exposing your shirt below or your legs, these vents open, but have been finished inside with additional, matching fabric.
Both pieces are fully lined for the autumn chill, and pair perfectly with the Long Tall Sally Flecked A-Line Suit Dress and Flecked Wide Navy Pants. I’ve written about this topic before, but I am always an advocate for purchasing matching separates when available for work wear. This flecked set is a great find for women entering the workforce as you’ll be able to create multiple looks from a few pieces.
You can check out this suit set, and hang with me at the Long Tall Sally pop up shop in NYC on Saturday, October 22nd! Make sure to RSVP here.
Shoes - Sophia thanks to Long Tall Sally (here)
Skirt - Flecked Navy Pencil thanks to Long Tall Sally (here)
Blouse - Tie Detail from Long Tall Sally (here)
Blazer - Flecked Navy Suit Jacket thanks to Long Tall Sally (here)
Bag - Parker Satchel thanks to GiGi New York (here)
Thank you to Long Tall Sally for partnering with me on this post! Can’t wait to see your entire team (and all my beautiful tall NY women at the LTS pop up shop on October 21st and 22nd.
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