winter weather | style

winter wool | paperyrain.com

winter wool | paperyrain.com

winter wool | paperyrain.com

winter wool | paperyrain.com

winter wool | paperyrain.com

winter wool | paperyrain.com

winter wool | paperyrain.com

Target knit slouchy beanie | J.Crew Factory classic chambray shirt | J.Crew Factory cable knit sweater (similar) | Baublebar bib necklace (similar) | Eddie Bauer vest (similar here and here) | Asos skater skirt | LL Bean smart wool tights | J.Crew camp socks | Sperry Top-sider waterproof cold weather boots (more options here) | Essie berry naughty nail polish | Covergirl craving cranberries lip gloss

We had our first official (sort of) snow day. The snow fell all morning into late afternoon (the beautiful, powdery kind of snow. It was perfect), but it didn’t stick, so we kind of cheated our way through our first snow. Because Matthew (my hubby) and I haven’t had the privilege of hosting Jack Frost for winter for the past few years (and because we are wingnuts), we couldn’t wait to get outside. We live right off the navy pier, so we decided to head down for a little lunch and some much needed snow time.

I think the key to enjoying the fluffy stuff is making sure you have the right layers on (and pairing the cold with hot chocolate). Because Chicago is a whole other beast during winter, I have stocked up on some must haves for this winter that I thought I’d share.

These smartwool tights are perfect for staying warm while wearing skirts as the temperature starts to drop and are also perfect for layering under another layer for the extra chilly nights. In other words, they are awesome. They are a little more expensive than regular tights, but for good reason, they keep your legs from freezing off (I’d say that’s a fair trade).

A down puffer everything is absolutely necessary here in Chicago, but there is no reason we can’t look like a walking marshmallow in style. My down plaid puffer vest is actually from when I was in 8th grade (probably the only time begging my parents turned out not to be an embarrassing mistake), but there are lots of cute puffer vests and coats right now. Here are a few of my favorites. 1 / 2 / 3

Lastly, my winter must haves include warm boots and socks. My duck boots are fleece lined, so they help with warmth when layered with warm socks. These will do the trick for another month here, but should do the trick for many other areas all winter. When it’s time to upgrade, there a couple really warm boots I have my eye on. 1 / 2 / 3

Now that I’ve stocked up, I’m ready to get outside. Here’s to a warm winter!

4 comments

  1. Hannah says:

    So cute! i’m super jealous of your snow. We haven’t had a “real” snowfall yet, which is unheard of for November in Alaska! Send some of that gorgeous snow my way, will you?

    • paperyrain says:

      I know!! The last time we chatted they were calling for snow where you are, so I can’t believe it has held off this long! Texas already had a snow.. apparently you guys swapped weather for November! Well.. maybe not swap, but they took you’re snow!! 🙂 Hope you are doing great!!

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