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Winter doesn’t officially begin until December 22nd, but sweater weather has been in full effect since October. Sometimes the cold temperatures and heavy rain can make life less enjoyable than the usual. But there are upsides to winter: cozy nights by the fireplace, hot chocolate, heated seats in cars, and sweaters. I’m not talking about crewnecks and hoodies or the hipster Christmas sweaters, but the chunky knit sweaters. The kind you can layer over a basic shirt and jeans and be good-to-go.

I think sweaters are a great investment. When living in Portland they’re a necessity and will never go out of style. I love sweaters so much I had to donate a trash bag full so that I would have room for more in my closet and dresser.

I definitely have my go-to brands or retailers for my wardrobe staples, including my sweaters. My favorite sweaters are by CPO Provisions, which is a Portland based company and are only sold at Urban Outfitters. The silhouette of the sweaters is pretty contemporary being a little oversized making them great for layering.  Some of the CPO sweaters either have side  or boat necks that give them a cool, modern feel.  

Every single CPO sweater I have is rib stitched, giving them volume, but is still pretty light in weight. Because of their stitching, the sweaters are airy and breathable so you don’t get too hot as you transition from outside to inside. The stitching also makes the sweaters stretchable, giving you room to move,. which is important when you’re layering over your sweater - even with a thick jacket or coat over your sweater you can still move within those layers.

The other cool aspect of these sweaters is the yarn that they use. The colors are very wintery; navy, black, white and gray with hints of specks in them, which add texture and a little color; they go with everything. When it comes to winter I don’t mess around with bright colors, I’d rather be subtle with darks and neutrals.

Again, you can only get these exclusively from Urban Outfitters, which we all know can be overpriced. But I bought all these sweaters from the months of March and June when they were out of season and on clearance. Originally these can go for $60, but I bought these for $10-$20!

I love to throw these on when I’m on the go. This past weekend had some great weather- it was cold but dry and sunny, perfect for bringing out the sweaters. For walking around and exploring the city, I went for a more casual look. Over my sweater I wore my Old Navy Parka to protect me from the wind. It was also dry out so I paired my sweater with some denim joggers also from Urban Outfitters and my Nike sneakers that I got from the Nordstrom fall clearance sale. If you wanted to dress these up, you could wear a buttoned up shirt underneath your sweater and pair it with some slacks and oxfords. You can never go wrong with sweaters, all that matters is that you’re comfortable, warm and simply stylish.

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Urban Outfitters |  CPO Woburn Aran Stripe Sweater

Urban Outfitters | CPO Woburn Aran Stripe Sweater

Old Navy |  Men's Zip Faux-Fur Parka

Old Navy | Men's Zip Faux-Fur Parka

H&M |  Denim Jogger Pants

H&M | Denim Jogger Pants

Nordstrom | Nike 'Air Max Tavas' Sneaker

Nordstrom | Nike 'Air Max Tavas' Sneaker

Fall Rain Boots

For the longest time I avoided rain boots, but living in Portland they’re a must. Walking to campus in the pouring rain with canvas or suede shoes was one of the most uncomfortable feelings in my life. Not only were my feet wet and cold, but I also ruined my shoes. So I set out on a mission to find a pair of rain boots that I actually liked. I did not want to wear knee high rubber boots and I didn’t want to look like a little kid who jumped in every puddle he saw. So you could imagine my excitement when I found these Hunter Boots!

Over the weekend, I paid a visit the pumpkin patch.  We all know that when we hear the word “pumpkin patch”, you better be prepared for some rain, dirt and mud - especially living here in the Pacific Northwest.   With the wet weather we had over the weekend, it gave me the perfect opportunity to break out my boots and put them to use!

 Because I’ve never worn rain boots before, I don’t have anything to compare them to, but in my opinion these boots are the best and here’s why:  First off, we have the combat boot style; they don’t even look like rain boots. They look more rugged than typical rain boots. Secondly, the laces are perfect; they make it easier for me to tuck in my jeans and for putting them on and taking them off. The laces also make the boots more comfortable. Unlike other rubber boots you can’t adjust the fitting , but with laces you can wear them as tight or as loose as you’d like. Lastly, they only go up to my shins, making it easier to walk in. Tall boots usually have a fixed size when it comes to how it fits around the legs, but if you would like something a little more loose and will allow for more movement, then  these short lace ups will be your best bet.

Even if these are rain boots, they’re perfect for walking around the city with and will definitely keep you comfortable. I paired these boots with a green bomber vest and of course, denim to keep with the combat vibe. I would recommend that you wear slim or fitted jeans with these boots, making them easier to tuck into your boots. Wearing regular or boot cut jeans will untuck and balloon over your boots, making you look frumpy.

Because I bought these boots 2 years ago, they unfortunately aren’t being sold anymore, but here are some other alternatives that I recommend!

1.   Ted Baker (Epsalo) shop

These boots from Ted Baker have a Doc Marten/Rocker vibe, but don’t let the cool style fool you. The insides are lined with fabric, for extra warmth and they have a shaped footbed for comfort.

2.   Converse (Chuck Taylor All Star City Hiker Hi) shop

If you’ve got a laid back style and you’ve been a loyal Converse fan then these are perfect for you. You   get the classic All Star look while staying dry. These All Stars have a rubber exterior and treaded bottoms giving you extra traction on the slick ground.

3.   Hunter (Original Lace-Up) shop

Hunter Boots are everyone’s go to, they’re simple yet fashionable. These lace-ups give you the same look and feel of Hunter’s Original boots with a hip and edgy feel. They’re very similar to the pair that I have, but the monotone color is more slick and classic.