I think plaid and gingham are the fashion industry’s equivalent of what a pumpkin spice latte is to Starbucks: seen October through December, quite warm and most certainly comforting. Stumbling upon this University of Pittsburgh Fashionista over my Thanksgiving break was lucky; she pulled her outfit together with all the right colors and accessories and deserves some recognition.
Her brown semi-military parka is the first thing that you notice. It fits her well and actually becomes a piece of the outfit, not just something to cover up with. It complements the gray color she is wearing underneath, and it’s clearly just a trendy coat in general. Underneath this gorgeous jacket, you’ll find her gray plaid shirt. A button-down, the blouse is warm and fuzzy (just like pumpkin spice). Flannel is really great for the cold weather. Just be sure it’s tailored and not too lumberjack-esque.
Her black denim pants are the staple item in her ensamble (as most black pants will prove to be). You could easily replace these with black leggings or jeggings, but the black color is what pulls the other pieces together. Her black boots with three buckles on the side are both spunky and classic. Choosing a black boot for this outfit was wise, as black unifies the collection. Brown or chestnut would have added too many colors to the mix.
Her gold Marc Jacobs watch completes the outfit. An accessory such as this works best on its own, and it certainly speaks for itself.
Alright, DIY time. The jacket can be found at Urban Outfitters for under $100. You can find your plaid at a lot of stores, but there are some good choices online at Polyvore. Similar boots can be found at SHOPSTYLE, and of course the watch is Heaven-sent from MARC by MARC JACOBS and can be found at high-end department stores like Bloomingdale's. If you can’t afford the $200+ arm candy, try something similar but cheaper from Macy's.
Holiday and winter styles are aplenty. You have a lot of options for holiday fashion, but most of it will be dressy and non-conducive to cold temperatures. Cue the plaid flannel shirt. Try this look for the trendiest “casual” look of the season. And if you decided to make a pumpkin spice latte your accessory for the day, I wouldn’t discourage you.