STYLE GURU STYLE: Snow Fall, Rose Fall

Well, here we are in the dead of winter. While it is important to dress appropriately for the cold weather, that doesn’t mean winter fashions have to leave you looking like a marshmallow. This look, inspired by the runway, is the perfect example of how to combine fashion and function this winter. Although winter clothing tends to be much more modest and doesn’t show off much skin, it can be incredibly romantic.

I was inspired by Alexander McQueen’s 2015 ready-to-wear collection that was showcased this fall. Sarah Burton was able to bring the romance back to the cooler months with structured and sophisticated pieces. Check out the show here.

Many of the outfits included nature elements, such as a blooming flower that will eventually decay. The show was inspired by the art publication Visionaire, which demonstrated the rise and fall of the rose. To create this look, Burton worked with blacks, pops of color and texture.

Although this outfit is a lot more casual than the amazing designs in the show, there are some elements I translated into my own personal style. Long structured jackets were all over the runway. My jacket is a long black coat that is absolutely essential for cold winter months; you can throw it over a dress for a night out on the town or pair it with jeans for a more casual, everyday look. I added a pop of color with my tribal blanket scarf and matte maroon lipstick. The winter months are the very best time to experiment with deep, dark lip hues. They are the perfect accent to add a sensual vibe to your potentially boring black wardrobe.

Take a look at my shoes; I’m simply in love with duck boots. They are the most practical and comfortable boots I own, but they also make a trendy statement. Like many things from the ’90s, duck boots have made a comeback, going from geek to chic. I personally went with the Sperry Top-Siders’ version of the shoe because they have a sleeker and more versatile look, perfect for Oregon weather. Sorel also carries fabulous duck boats if you want more of a “braving the elements” look; whichever look calls to you, consider investing in these boots.

Get My Look: 1. The perfect duck boot. 2. A tribal blanket scarf. 3. A long, warm coat.