Winter Accessories Paired with our Print Winter Coats
Quote of the day: “Sometimes questions are more important than answers.” Nancy Willard
And with this quote in mind, my question to you is how do you choose your winter accessories to go with your print winter coats? Do you match them to the colors in your coat or try for a pop of different color? And then on top of that, do you keep the scarf and gloves in the same colorway or mix it up?
It looks like I could have titled this post print winter coats and tall boots, but it goes to show how the three of us think alike. Especially when the weather is chilly. Which is why we’ve been concentrating on more winter apparel this year.
Even though many of you live in the warmer regions, this could easily apply with lighter weight coats and cotton scarves. Just ignore the gloves and hats, and it could work for you too.
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: One of my favorite print coats, is this crazy patterned one that I bought from our local boutique, Trendz, about 6 years ago.
There are many reasons I love it so much, one of them being that the pattern on the sleeves, looks like yarn, which speaks to the knitter in me. I was also attracted to how the different patterns play so well together.
It’s not an extremely heavy coat, so I usually bundle up like this in order to be warm enough. However, I may try to layer another coat under it like we experimented with a couple of weeks ago.
Interesting story about this red scarf. I actually knitted it for Sherry last year. It’s an alpaca yarn which is very soft. However, after I knitted it and put it around my neck, I realized it wasn’t soft. It was incredibly scratchy. So I selected another alpaca yarn and made her another one. But I couldn’t just throw this one out, so I find if I layer it over another scarf (sometimes knit, sometimes fabric) I can get some use out of it without the scratchy feel.
I guess it goes to show I don’t always have an easy time purging items. The hand knit objects are always a little harder to say goodbye to.
As for the red gloves, I did not knit these.
These were a gift from a good friend, and are actually crocheted. There’s a lovely flower on the top and are much better made than I could ever do. You would laugh if you ever saw my attempt at crocheting Converse baby sneakers. I had to made 5 of them to get a pair that were about the same size, LOL! I guess I should stick to knitting….
And if by chance you’ve been vacillating about the over the knee boots this winter then let me tell you that this pair is under $40 right now. I can tell you they are my most worn pair and I only bought them in October. I like that they have stiffness at the top, so they don’t fall down like one of my other pairs. They are also not very over the knee. I’d call them baby over the knee boots, so they don’t seem so different to most women.
I would like to point out that I’m the one who went with the matchy matchy winter accessories in this post. The hat, the one scarf, the gloves and even the purse are all red.
You’d be surprised that I don’t have many knitted beanies in my closet. I always think they are so cute, and I tell myself that I could easily knit one up, but I never get around to it. So when we saw this red one at Bed, Bath & Beyond awhile ago for under $5, I snatched it up.
Coat: (similar here)~~Boots: G by Guess (here)~~Red Scarf: I knitted it (similar here)~~Grey Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Gloves: (similar here)~~Hat: (similar here)~~Purse: Tommy Hilfiger-thrifted (similar here)
Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: Nancy’s print coat is a southwestern version that she picked up in Santa Fe almost 7 years ago.
I think it’s a perfect example of how our winter coats really last for many years. Even if you don’t see them at the stores and consider them “out of style”, they rarely get worn out. So it’s not a terrible idea to tuck them in the back of the closet and wait until that style comes around again. Because it always does.
Of course, I also think it’s a fabulous idea to pull out the items you absolutely love whether they are “in style” or not. I think Nancy has done this perfectly by pairing the coat with a denim skirt and OTK boots.
Since the coat is full of muted neutrals, it gives such a great selection of colored winter accessories to choose from.
This hat was actually Nancy’s aunt’s hat, and I think it’s wonderful that she pulls it out and wears it to keep her head warm. The scarf goes nicely with both the hat and jacket even though they don’t exactly match.
In a way Nancy pulled the tans for the hat and scarf, and then incorporated greens for the gloves and purse.
The coat doesn’t even have any green in it, yet because the gloves and purse are a muted green, they work perfectly with the outfit. I was discussing with a reader how these fingerless gloves seem so silly. I realize they are for texting, but have you seen the texting gloves lately? They have a touch screen friendly thumb and finger in them like this pair or this pair. That is so much smarter in my opinion, unless you want to layer these fingerless gloves over fingered gloves for an interesting color combination.
The denim skirt was a great find at a consignment shop when we were visiting Frisco.
Denim has truly been having it’s day and a denim skirt is an easy way to combine casual and a skirt. They may be something you see more in the spring and summer, but I think the boots are a perfect way to winterize the denim skirt. These skirts also come in so many varieties lately. There is the embroidered ones, a light denim one, a button down the front one, and an asymmetrical one.
Charlotte’s (80+) Outfit: My mom’s floral coat was one we styled last winter from VIPme.
I know most of us think of florals as a spring element, but the dark florals have been hitting the style scene for winter lately. A floral coat like this one, is more of a blend, while this one has such lovely colors in it.
Mom is wearing one of her fur scarves. She has a couple in different colors, and we have been featuring each of ours in this winter season. If you don’t live in the colder climates, I can understand why you don’t have one in your possession. But if you live in the snowy areas, I’m beginning to think these scarves are a must have. It’s amazing to me how much warmer they are than the knit scarves.
The best part about the fur scarf is the variety lately. There are fun colors, stripes, prints, long ones or short ones. The second best part is you don’t have to spend a lot of money for these winter accessories. I think my mom said she bought this black one that she’s wearing at JoAnne Fabrics with one of her coupons!
Did I tell you about my mom’s boots?
You could probably call them vintage since she’s had them at least over 20 years. Recently, they were starting to look scuffed and worn, so she took them to the shoe guy. Originally she thought she would have them dyed, maybe a burgundy color. But the shoe guy talked her into just polishing them up instead for half the cost.
I guess that’s the advantage of having a multitude of boots to wear each winter. Then none of them really get worn out since they only get worn infrequently, LOL!
It’s a little funny how both my mom and I added in reddish winter accessories to our print coats. You could say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
What I’d love to point out with my mom though, is the addition of the black scarf that doesn’t match the rest of the accessories. I’m sure she has a red scarf, and she is a matchy matchy girl. Yet this combination is quite lovely.
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