As we were walking back from a coffee run, I mentioned to my friend Ari that I could totally see how New Yorkers (especially attendees of New York Fashion Week) and those in other cold parts of the country eventually became immune to the idea of cold ankles. Until this outfit, I had been wearing nothing but snow boots and thick socks. I have definitely been yearning to break out some of my flats, be it sandals or loafers. When this pair arrived as a replacement for my well-loved vintage pair of Cole Haans that I finally had to donate, my common sense went out the window. I threw em on with my favorite outfit of all time (white button up and jeans), cold ankles be damned.
Truth be told, I couldn't tell you what my favorite season to dress for is. I love scarves, coats, and jeans, but love the ease of throwing on shorts and a tee shirt in the summer. I think what it comes down to is I don't enjoy wearing tights, so I just automatically relegate my skirts and dresses to the warmer months. This doesn't necessarily mean I prefer it one way or another, just that I have two very distinct wardrobes for the warmer and cooler months.
On that note, you may remember, I attempted a capsule wardrobe for the winter months; and while I have been steadily cleaning out more and more of my clothing as time goes on, I figured out quickly that I didn't do enough research to accurately define what I wanted for winter. I have rearranged my most frequently used items slightly and tweaked what I consider to be essentials. Overall, I am definitely striving towards knowing my style and a "less is more" approach, but the capsule idea isn't for everyone. Similarly, I'm more of the mindset that a "capsule wardrobe" means that you rely religiously on ten or so staples and the rest is seasonal. That part of the idea hasn't really changed for me considering I transpose a white button up and jeans to every single season. I just happen to live a part of the world where a "five piece wardrobe" isn't ideal or practical.
Overall, I already feel much more at ease having hunted down this grey coat on Poshmark. As a plus side, I don't feel too guilty for breaking my own New Year's Resolution/ capsule wardrobe because everything in this outfit is secondhand with the exception of the jeans, which were made in America. I didn't plan it out this way which I am hoping is a testament to my wardrobe moving in the right direction :).