I’m back home in Vermont for a few days and have been literally drinking in the fall atmosphere. It’s not officially peak foliage yet, but the trees are justtt starting to turn and the apple orchard down the road is open for business, so despite it being in the 70s, I’m declaring it fall.
While Burlington may not seem like the most fashionable place in the world, I’m always inspired when I come home. If you live for the grungy, hipstery, outdoorsy style, Burlington is right up your alley. I 100% blame my childhood in Vermont for my obsession with fuzzy wool socks and oversized Goodwill sweaters. I’m literally wearing a men’s size large sweater from Urban Outfitters as I type this, which is perfectly baggy and cozy and looks like it may have been a hand-me-down from my grandfather, which to my mind means it’s absolutely perfect.
Speaking of cozy sweaters, let’s get on to the focus of today’s post, which is a simple formula for cozy outfits.
Oversize Sweater + Leggings
This should come as no surprise at this point. The reason I like my sweaters oversize is because I also hate skinny jeans and prefer to wear leggings if at all possible, and thus I need a sweater that will cover the awkward seams around the crotch that all leggings seem to have. If this is not an issue for you, and/or you do not have the torso length of a 6’8″ man as I do, feel free to wear something sized for regular people.
Sweater – Brandy Melville // Backpack – Asos // Vans – Zappos // Leggings – American Apparel
This outfit is cute, cozy, and–most importantly–comfortable. This pair of leggings from American Apparel is the most perfect pair I’ve found, and I’ve done a considerable amount of research. Unlike the Target leggings I used to buy 2 at a time so I could layer them when they inevitably developed holes, these are thick and opaque. Gone are the days when it was acceptable to feign ignorance that your leggings were see-through. It’s 2016–get thee some opaque leggings. There’s really no excuse.
Turtleneck + Skinny Jeans
As much as I love leggings, I do realize that they’re not always practical. For one thing, most tops are not long enough to cover them, making pants with an actual zipper and pockets a necessity. And secondly, they’re usually frowned upon in a professional setting, though that does depend heavily on your profession and location. Generally speaking, when in doubt, go with the pants that fully cover your bum.
Sweater – Brandy Melville // Bag – Target // Boots – Nordstrom Rack // Jeans – Asos
Judging by my school pictures, turtlenecks were my bread and butter from grades 2-6, so the idea of wearing one again in my 20s is a little strange. Thankfully, the internet was invented in the meantime and I am not limited to circling turtlenecks in the Land’s End catalogue and hoping that my mother might place a mail order in time for the new school year– instead, I can waste away my days scrolling through pages of sweaters on H&M’s website trying to find that one I saw in store because H&M’s website is hopelessly disorganized and the inability to leave a review on their site seems intentional and somewhat telling. Anyway, suffice to say, times have changed.
Cropped Sweater + Maxi Dress
This list would not be complete without one pants-less option. I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite outfit formulas is to throw a sweater over a pencil skirt or midi dress, but this can also be done with a maxi dress. This is ideal for when you’re not sure which way the weather will go, because you can always take the sweater off if you get too hot and the maxi dress covers your legs in case it gets chilly.
Sweater – H&M // Hat – Forever 21 // Boots – Nordstrom Rack // Dress – Topshop
Even better, you probably don’t even need to buy anything to pull this outfit together (except for the hat, because let’s be honest, how often do you really get a chance to wear hats like this except for that one time at the farmer’s market?). I wear this type of outfit a lot on planes, because I’m perpetually cold and am already concerned enough about developing deep vein thrombosis without the added threat of skinny jeans cutting off circulation to my lower half. This combo is the ideal solution–warm, comfy, and without the potential for loss of life and limb.