I can’t even begin to tell you how many times a day I used to complain about being cold. I felt like no matter what I did, my long ligaments were never properly insulated and my day-to-day activities like biking to class or walking to the grocery store felt impossible. I know what some of you may be thinking: Northern California chill is nothing compared to the snow storms of the East Coast. However, after being blessed with beautiful LA weather for the first eighteen years of my life, my closet was definitely not ready for anything colder than 65.
After a long winter break of shopping and enjoying the LA sunshine, I’m back and ready to kick this winter weather in the butt! Never again will I be cold. Never again will I let the weather stop me from going outside and having fun. Never again will I wear the same black Northface triclimate jacket 24/7. I, Laili Attai, accept the challenge of finding a way to stay warm and comfortable while still looking cute. If you’re ready to take this pledge with me, you’ve come to the right place. Grab your scarves and hot chocolate and keep reading.
- My Ultimate Secret: LONG UNDERWEAR
I know what you’re thinking. “NO”. But let me tell you right now, once you go team long underwear you never go back. Just ignore all of the jokes from your friends and enjoy the warmth and coziness that these bad babies provide. What appear to be normal leggings are actually a super thin under-layer made of an awesome non-itchy wool blend. They’re so thin that they even fit underneath my super skinny jeans. I don’t know how I ever lived without these. I’m literally wearing them by themselves as we speak.
- Wool Socks!
You know its time for an upgrade when you start losing circulation in your pinky toes every time you walk outside. Over winter break I bought some long wool socks from H&M for less than $10. Plus they’re super cute peeping out of your boots!
- Rain Booties
Before I got these cute little Jeffery Campbell rain booties I only had tall, bright lavender rain boots or short suede 100% NOT waterproof booties. Not only are these the most practical and comfortable shoes in my closet right now, but they were only $30 from Nordstrom Rack! I was also surprised at how many compliments I received when I started wearing them! No one would ever guess you’re wearing rubber on your feet.
- The RIGHT Kind of Sweater
This Madewell sweater is super thick, comfy, and cute…so of course I bought two in different colors! The turtleneck is an added plus because it acts as a built in scarf. Any skin showing will make you cold, so cover up! Winter is a great time to practice your modesty.
- Warm Accessories
Use this winter to take advantage of all the cute warm weather accessories! I opted for a long neutral coat that I got from Crossroads for only $35 (it retails for $200)! Lastly, my black hat ties the whole look together and keeps my head warm. Whether its some cute gloves or some earmuffs, winter is the time for accessories. Get creative!
This outfit is super simple and easy to throw on for a day of class and errands. Let me know in the comments below what your winter tips are!
Long Underwear: REI
White T-Shirt: Urban Outfitters
High-waisted Black Jeans: Urban Outfitters
Jeffery Campbell Rain Booties: Nordstrom Rack
Coat: Crossroads but originally by the company Twenty
Photo credits go to my amazing friend Brian ❤