As temperatures plummet, it’s time to think about cold weather gear and fusing comfort with style. The current trend is to assemble luxurious pieces with used or coarse elements — you’ll see utility boots worn with super-slick gym pants under luxurious puffy coats on Park Avenue, as it’s the Boho style to look like you woke up and put on whatever was at hand. Relaxed and unaffected, you can wear your versatile outfits to the club scene, an upstate farm, or the gym. The point is to show a unique talent at mixing different influences and to fashion-surf different styles.
Here are some recommendations for key footwear and jackets this season:
The Fringe bootie is still super hot this fall, adding a playful twist to your casual jeans or leggings. These Brazilian Carrano Fringe Booties come in soft tan fine suede with a luxurious inner leather lining and sole. Very comfortable and tapered, and they close with a back gold tinted zipper. You’ll look fabulous in them with a Boho hat and loose coat or poncho, whether strolling around the village or dining in Tribeca. Carrano styles are available at http://www.lastcall.com and
Another favorite this season is the two-colored riding Coretta Boot in the CatFootwear collection. This was born out of the real workmen Caterpillar shoe tradition and mixes the sturdiness of its mother line with the refinement of European craft. Comfortable and waterproof with a microfiber lining, sealed seams, two types of weather treated leather, and an inside zipper, you never have to worry about rain or snow. With its 2.5-inch heel, this is your ideal city boot to wear with leggings, tight-fitting jeans, short or knee-length skirts by day or night. Read more at http://www.Catfootwear.com
For extra warmth once the temperatures really plunge, there’s nothing quite like the black City Casual Rola Tall Boot by Rockport. In full-grain leather, it has a lightweight rubber outsole to provide an extra grip on icy pavement and a retention foam foot bed with special sports technology by ADIPRENE® & ADIPRENE® + Adidas, which provides a cushioned heel for shock resistance and support. You won’t believe how feather-light, comfortable and super warm these boots are, and once on, you won’t want to take them off. With a two-inch heel, they give you a little height boost to look perfectly elegant anywhere while you feeling as though you’re wearing sneakers. Find these at http://www.rockport.com.
I also love the Zeldie style in the Baretraps collection. These 2-inch heeled booties in suede and microfiber have a bedded footbed and soft faux shearling lining to ensure you’re comfy and warm. A “Stay Dry System” features water-repellent technology and all day breathability. Bonus: a hidden stretch panel ensures a perfect fit. They look adorable with a straight skirt or miniskirt, worn with a puffy or insulated jacket. Available in black, brown and grey, you can find them at http://www.footwearunlimited.com/BareTraps.
Increasingly more city women are shunning traditional city coats for sportwear-inspired down jackets. One of the best puffy coat lines is undeniably the French line Montcler. This year’s Joinville High-Collar Puffer Jacket in navy is so chic with its off-center, two-way front zip and angled front zip pockets. You’ll easily wear it from the office to the country. With 90% down and 10% feather fill, it’s guaranteed to keep you cozy and looking fantastic, and it goes with everything. Available at http://www.Neimanmarcus.com
Ski and snowboard outerwear is particularly popular with the Earth-conscious, physically active Millennial generation. In the new Oakley collection, the Charlie 2 Biozone Insulated Jacket with Oakley’s FN dry protective layer is perfect for the worst New York winter and combines warmth, ease and style. Taped seams and a snap-down hood with a drawcord cinch system retain heat and block out rain, snow and cold on the slopes and on the harshest city streets. With an artsy design, the boxy jacket looks great with insulated leggings or loose Boho wool pants, a cool beanie hat and a pair of relaxed boots. Available in all three Oakley store locations in NYC: Soho, Times Square and Fifth Avenue, and online at http://www.oakley.com.
Arctic temperatures are not unheard of in New York’s winters of late but you’ll never have to endure frozen toes in a pair of Arctic Sport II by the Muck Boot Company. These colorful and stylish Açai purple tall boots are the warmest boots imaginable. Designed for outdoor adventurers, Artic Sport IIs allow your toes to be cozy and warm even at twenty-below temperatures, thanks to 5mm of CR flex-foam. This style also comes in mid-shaft-length size and the colors black, green, and black/pink. This durable boot is your go-to for looking like an explorer in the next snow storm! Available at http://www.muckbootcompany.com.