Winter is coming

With Christmas only a few weeks away, it is time for me to bust out my glittery oxfords to strut around with at parties. But what about for the inevitable gloomy period that sticks around after the holidays? Here are my styling tips that will carry you to Christmas, New Years, and well beyond.

Ankle boots – a nice pair of ankle boots look good with anything, from jeans to dresses, and even culottes (though make sure they have a heel if you go this route.) I’m currently killing it in a pair of Grenson lace-up boots in patent leather (aka the only leather to really survive several winters in rainy BC.) (Image: Grenson Emma Boots at Urban Excess)


Un-fussy coat – everyone will see you in this first, and a good jacket can up the cred of all the other clothes you are wearing. Make sure you go for a good wool or other non-pilling fabric. Avoid any textured polyesters as they will look like garbage in a very short period of time and will not last. (Image: Banana Republic)


Fake or ethical fur accessories – everyone has been swooning over two fake fur stoles I bought from H&M back in 2010. I also have a super-ratty black furry scarf I bought from Aldo last season that I wear daily because it keeps me warm. My picks for the season are red or teal fur scarves from the Hudson’s Bay fur shop (both look amazing with black or grey coats), or some of the huge fake fur stoles from Le Chateau or Aldo. I also managed to snag a recycled black fur muff from Turnabout that is seasons-old Topshop. Win! (Image: Le Chateau)


Knee-high boots or above – they will be dated by next season and really over-power most everyday outfits. If you insist on this style, never pair it with bare legs underneath in winter – it comes across a little hooker-y.

Coats from Zara or Aritzia – the styles will be totally on point, but do you really want to look like every other female in this city? If you do, go with Aritzia as the quality will be superior (as well as the price tag!)

Splurge on rubber boots – there is no need for this. Stop the madness! Unless you are wading through a ditch or culvert, anything above a short boot is unnecessary. Plus your legs and feet will get hot and sweaty.

Final thoughts – one thing I always tell people is that there are three items everyone should invest in that are non-negotiable: shoes, jackets, and bags. Everything else is up for grabs. If you can’t do all three, at least invest in one to elevate your look.

Happy Holidays!