Posts Tagged "winter"

Winter Outerwear and Creepers

What a surprise, another freezing day in Chicago in the winter.  There’s only so many days of boots and a puffy coat that I can handle, so I try to mix it up when I can.

I wanted to share some plus size outerwear looks with you.  This jacket is one of my favorites - it has such great lines and fits me well.  There’s something about a tailored-looking jacket that just makes you feel confident - even when it’s 4 below.

These shoes are new and are great for winter walking.  My partner S has been wearing creepers since high school.  I love the look of creepers, but never found a pair that felt really me.  When S showed me these great single-buckle gray TUKs, I totally fell in love and bought them immediately. They’re super comfortable and good for navigating streets covered in ice.

Outfit Details
Jacket - Guess Brand, Sz XL (guess has jackets up to 3x at Macys)
Scarf - Target
Black skinny jeans - Target
Argyle socks - H&M
Gray Creepers - TUK A8240
Stud bag - Forever 21

Winter Wear ideas by InTheThickofIt- via polyvore

Plus size blouse / Dorothy Perkins navy top / Dorothy Perkins jacket / Plus size a line skirt / Lands’ End lands end / even&odd wedge boots, $81 / Topshop / Grey hat / Dorothy Perkins pink shawl / Knitted scarve / Neff beanie / Silkies – Pantyhose, Shapewear, Plus Size, Tights, Toeless Hosiery,…

I’ve had some requests on how to layer for the winter.  I highly recommend fleece-lined tights or leggings and silk long-underwear for underneath everything/anything.

Keeping warm this winter…

For those of us that live in cold climates, it can be a struggle to stay warm and fashionable!  Chicago is a bitter city in the winter and I am always on the look-out for fun jackets and accessories for the cold days.  Additionally, it’s also so important to me to stay nice and warm in my house as well.  

So here are a few indoor and outdoor items for you to enjoy this winter.

White 4’ Pre-lit Christmas tree - A chic and easy way to dress up your home for christmas

 Patricia Green Slippers - Don’t let your toes go cold at home - instead of socks, try these CUTE lined ballet house slippers

Topshop Chunky Chain Scarf - I hate it when i lose the look of wearing a necklace when i’m wearing a scarf - here’s a cute way to accessorize with some added details

Oxblood Dotty Gloves - these sweet oxblood leather gloves will add a femme touch to any winter outfit

Cut Out Heart Gloves - another precious pair of gloves that just add a sweet detail on your hands

Short Puff Jacket - for those cold days when a puffy jacket is just necessary, this little coat is a stylish version to reach for

Mix Texture Jacket - this pretty coat is so on-trend with faux-leather sleeves and a wool-blend torso.  Great for a chilly day!

Red Fit-and-Flare - This style of coat just screams SWEET! The color is perfect for a cold gray day.

Art Institute Membership - Is there any better way to spend a freezing winter day than by browsing the beautiful art at The Art Institute Chicago?  I didn’t think so.

Chunky Sweater Throw - for those nights when you’re curled up on the couch watching television or reading a book, this pretty chunky throw will keep you warm and will look good in your house too!

A reader wrote in to ask what one would wear on a date in cold weather.  They said they tend to like a mix of tough and sweet.  This is what I came up with.

On the left: I know this leather skirt isn’t super cheap, but it’s not too bad price-wise and could be worn SO many ways.  I like it paired with a soft oversized sweater that would show some cleavage, cute patterned tights and some platform ankle boots (these boots also come in nude and black and they’re only $44!!!).

The earrings shown can go with both outfits easily.

On the right: More of a casual date outfit - but skinny black jeggings paired with a loose stripey cardigan is such an easy and fun look.  The fringe necklace and red boots really make it trendy and cute. Could also be paired with scrunch black boots.

Of course living in a cold climate means you’re going to have to wear a giant jacket and scarf over all of it - but that is addressed in other posts.

Sweet and Tough (Plus)


Plus size top
$30 -


Old navy sweater


Old navy
$40 -


Plus size pantyhose


Plus Size Lingerie | Plus Size Leather & Patent | Leather Pencil Skirt…
$150 -


Hidden wedge boots
$33 -


C Label wedge heel boots
$44 -


Call it SPRING shoulder bag
$45 -


ASOS oversized clutch
$27 -


ASOS metal jewelry
$18 -


Chain jewelry
$16 -


C LABEL Women’s Alley-6 Wedge Boot - designer shoes, handbags,…
$44 -

Winter Coats for the Plus Size person

Plus Size Coats/Jackets

$90 -

Dorothy Perkins duffle coat
£69 -

Old Navy zip jacket
$50 -

Plus size coat
$124 -

Kristen blake
$228 -

Dorothy Perkins leopard coat
£75 -

Old Navy fitted coat
$55 -

Dorothy Perkins duffle coat
£45 -

Fake fur coat
$131 -

Calvin Klein heavy coat
$280 -

ASOS faux fur trim coat
$137 -

Old navy
$90 -

Finding a plus size coat can be a challenge, especially in stores, but there are some stores I can recommend for in-person shopping and online!  I love being able to try coats on so I can make sure they’ll provide the coverage I want.  I prefer a wool coat for most of the winter, but there are some Chicago days that really require something super thick like a puffer jacket and snow boots.  I personally love coats that have some special details - whether it’s a pretty waistline detail or some unusual situation going on with the neck.  And of course my favorite way to really mix things up for the winter is with accessories (scarves/gloves/hats), but I’ll be posting something separate for that.

Macys has a great selection both in store and online.  They don’t allow for importing on polyvore, so I’ve linked some examples below.

Calvin Klein Plus Toggle Hooded Coat Size 0X-3X

Dollhouse Faux Fur Coat Size 1X-3X 

Calvin Klein Plus Faux Fur Size 0X-3X

If you’re on the smaller end of plus size, Old Navy and Target can be an option.  They’ve both got selections in the straight size line up to about a size 16/18.  Additionally I can recommend in store shopping at the following stores which tend to have a well-stocked plus size section: JC Penny, Nordstrom, Dillards, and some of the discount stores like Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshalls (if you feel like digging around).

Also for those of us that live in VERY cold climates, I can highly recommend Lands End.  They’ve got a great selection of VERY WARM coats in extended sizes.  But they stop at size 3X.

For my readers that are over size 3x, there are some great coats at Woman Within up to size 40 and LLBean has sizes up to 26