Three of my college besties are coming in town this weekend and I’m so excited to catch up and have a girls weekend! Much, much needed.
Getting dressed to go out in this frigid cold is always a challenge… You want to look cute, but you don’t want to freeze your butt off. (And just so we’re all on the same page — you definitely don’t want to be that girl that’s not wearing tights or a coat!)
Back in the college days, this was a real challenge. Our bars on campus rarely had coat checks… I hope they’ve changed that by now. Leaving our apartment and sprinting to the bar without our coats (just our booze blankets) was a regular occurrence in the winter months. I shiver just thinking about it! But when you would bring out a coat, it was very likely that it would get ruined, get stolen, or another drunk girl would get mixed up and grab yours instead of hers by accident. I definitely don’t miss that part of college!
Nowadays, most bars in NYC have some form of a coat check so this really isn’t an issue. THANK GOODNESS. However, figuring out the proper outfit is still a challenge. A cute skirt with tights and a form-fitting long-sleeved top is always a go-to for me. (An example of that here.) But when I’m looking to keep it a little bit more on the casual side (more often than not), I always reach for a pair of black skinny jeans. You can’t go wrong!
Even though I’m always one to error on the side of looking like a librarian in a bar (maybe that’s why I’m still single..), I keep it even more buttoned up in the dead of winter. When it’s this freaking cold (currently feels like -9 degrees Fahrenheit as I type this), layers are an absolute must for me! Layering for a night out without looking like abominable snowman can be tough, but I think I’ve found a semi-chic go-to. The last time I was headed out with the girls, I wore a simple black silky top, a white blazer, and layered a faux fur vest on top. Add black booties and a fresh white clutch and you’re good to go! It’s nice and warm, but still mindful of style.
Tart Collections Faux Fur Vest (on sale!)
H&M White Blazer (old, similar here)
Express Black Tank
Old Navy Black Jeans
Steve Madden Black Booties (on sale!)
Vera Bradley White Leather Quilted Clutch c/o
Julie Vos Necklace
Michael Kors Watch
Julie Vos Bangles
Maya Brenner Initial Studs (also available here & here!)
Stila ‘Beso’ Lipstick
Essie ‘No Baggage Please’
Click through the slideshow below to shop my look…