Every year, it is the same routine for us… we wrap up our jobs, we battle the lines at the stores for presents, and then we excitedly travel to our home towns to ring in the holidays. It is actually true for a lot of people in LA since so many come here for work and then leave when they have a moment.
For many it can be an extremely stressful time full of grumpy shoppers and grinchy attitudes and, ya know, we totally get why. However, if you’re one of those people who hate laughter, 24/7 Christmas music, holiday cheer, and #thatjoylife (thanks to my friend, Ashley G for that one) you should totally steer clear of us because we couldn’t be more like Buddy the ELF.
And when it comes to evoking joy in our lives, our clothes are no exception. Sure, we can get into our atheleisure suits for the airport to New York or the car drive to Lake Tahoe, but we pretty much wear our yoga pants most of the year. If you’re getting ready to see friends you haven’t seen in a while or family members you’re meeting for the first time, somehow the leggings and hoodie just may not be the right way to go. For today’s OOTD we’ve chosen something a bit more put together and A LOT more festive.
What inspired this look was this amazingly comfy buffalo plaid jacket from … drum roll please…. OLD NAVY! It is currently sold out online, but is still available in stores and it’s even 40% off the last time I checked. And if you’re out of luck there, this option from BB DAKOTA is pretty darn similar. The one from Old Navy is great because it has a standing collar but has no stiff lining so it is made of the same material throughout. Because of this, it means that the coat fits much more like a sweater than a jacket or blazer. On top of that you can size it up or down depending on what you’d like to wear it with… size up to wear layers underneath… size down if you just want a longsleeve tee. In general Old Navy sizes run a bit bigger so keep that in mind.
On top of that, the buffalo plaid pattern is exactly what makes this whole outfit so Christmas-y. If you’re not up for the usual green and red, this is a much more universal alternative. Usually associated with hunky lumberjacks, the fashion world has made it much more accessible for women and we couldn’t be happier. I think that’s why we love it so much. We love to combine masculine and feminine elements for most of our designs, which is why this OOTD is basically an interpretation of the modern day lumberjack. In fact, as a lot of costume designers do… I got this particular inspiration from history. Look at good ‘ol Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox (the pic on the bottom is actually a statue in Bemidji Minnesota). Paul Bunyan is sporting his buffalo plaid top, blue jeans, and brown boots!
As inspiration goes, the OOTD sadly doesn’t go beyond aesthetics. I clearly did not adopt his strength…
Funniest part is that the suitcase is actually empty… shhhhhhh.
Of course my second favorite part of the OOTD are my Timberland boots. I got this 2 years ago and they are no longer available; however, Connie did find a similar version at zappos.com the other day. Mine came with both neutral and red laces originally, but if yours do not come with red laces you can easily buy them at any shoe store. They’re available on amazon.com, but make sure to measure your laces so you get the proper length! As you can see I’ve worn them quite a bit and it’s made of real leather. I remember when I put them on initially it felt really stiff, but as all good rugged shoes it takes some time for them to settle in. Nowadays they fit like a glove and I love them… They’re also waterproof! Since where we are going it is very cold, I wore leg warmers with my jeans.
And last, but not least, I am in LOVE with this sweater from John + Jenn. I got it at Nordstrom Rack for $39.97, which is a great deal since it’s normally $195. For those of you who have sensitive skin like me, this cable knit sweater is not extremely itchy. I can get away with wearing a tank top underneath and my arms are fine. It’s the perfect item to wear underneath a coat or to wear by itself!
So if you’re traveling this season be sure to keep warm and stay safe. We know it’s a busy time, but take a moment to hug your loved ones and take advantage of the time off.
Lots of love,
Soma & Ulte