Even though the opportunities may be few and far between, there’s nothing I love more than embracing my love for grungy flannel and beanies. I realize I’m no longer in college and should probably stop acting like I am, but dressing like a cozy bum is my bread and butter, and it’s far too late for me to change my ways now.
Based in Montréal, Garage is the perfect resource for all things grungy and warm (if you have been to Montréal you will know this is their style in a nutshell). Luckily for me, they also have a few brick and mortar stores in the US, and one of them is only a half hour metro ride away. The flannel in their storefront was calling my name, and obviously I had to stop in for research purposes.
Let’s take a look at how we can bring some of that Montréal spice into everyday life.
I really don’t know why anything that’s not skin-tight has to be called “boyfriend” jeans or “mom” jeans, as though any style of pants that doesn’t leave the imprint of its seams all down your legs is not young or feminine enough, but who am I to argue. I like this pair because they’re gray and look a little more cold-weather appropriate, and also mesh well with the all-black wardrobe I’ve apparently adopted.
Backpack – Topshop // Tank – Garage // Beanie – Urban // Jeans – Garage // Boots – Zara // Cardigan – F21
Of course, this is a pretty grungy outfit and would definitely stick out on the streets of DC, for example. However, since I have to dress more polished at work, I’ve really taken to fully embracing my grungy side on my days off. One of these days I’ll run into someone from work who won’t even recognize me, but that’s kind of a win-win, isn’t it?
The Mechanic Jacket
This jacket is not really called that, but I bought it recently and my boyfriend defeatedly said it looked like something his uncle would wear and asked if it came with loose cigarettes in the pocket. He’s probably planning to burn it when I’m at work one day, but I am personally obsessed with my mechanic jacket and have been wearing it whenever and wherever possible. Does everyone in DC think I got lost on the way to the car show? Probably, but I’m too cozy to care.
Scarf – Loft // Turtleneck – Garage // Bag- Zara // Boots – H&M // Jeans – Topshop // Jacket – Garage
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that faux fur scarves may or may not be the next scarf trend, if that could even be considered a thing. I was suspicious when I saw them in Loft, but now I see that Forever 21 and Zara also have their own versions (for much less I might add, but I’ll be fully transparent here and say that Loft’s version looked the nicest in this photo collage, and I am nothing if not superficial), so it seems like it’s at least a seasonal trend. If I’m wrong, forget I ever said anything. You can’t trust everything you hear.
Leggings + Hoodies
I can’t wrap up this post without mentioning Garage’s selection of cozy hoodies and leggings. Garage is a bit like Brandy Melville in that their selection isn’t huge and they tend to stick to the same styles, but everything they have looks like you could spend a evening by a fireplace with a mug of hot cocoa reading Jon Krakauer and pretending you might ever actually venture into the Alaskan tundra without state-of-the-art GPS and a rescue team on high alert. Which is to say, it’s perfect for lounging on the couch watching Netflix.
Sneakers – Zappos // Hoodie – Garage // Socks – Urban // Jacket – Zara // Scarf – F21 // Leggings – Garage
I love these leggings because they’re thick and soft, and have a tie at the waist so you aren’t incessantly pulling them up every time you sit or stand. Plus, I feel like they could actually be worn as pants, because the tie makes them look deliberate if your shirt isn’t long enough. I’m aware that that’s a controversial opinion, but where would we be if someone hadn’t decided to push the limits of fashion in the first place? Regardless, the only way this outfit could be any easier to pull together is if the shoes were velcro. And compared to hiking an Alaskan glacier, you really have nothing to complain about.