I used to cringe at the thought of putting on a pea coat, and puffer jackets once seemed far from pretty. Having spent most of my life in the sunny, arid climes of both Scottsdale and San Diego, my love affair with outerwear didn’t begin until December of 2007, after a move to the Midwest and one of the worst winters Kansas City, Missouri has ever seen. The need to bulk up my winter wardrobe came as quickly as the first ice storm, and I was faced with the devastating option of either freezing my bum off on the way to the shops, or trying to stick out the season wearing my ski jacket (chic enough for the slopes, style-blasphemy on the street).
Five years later, and I’ll be the first to admit my unapologetic obsession with cold-weather-wear, and the fact that I firmly believe a brisk wind can be used as the perfect accessory (hello, “nature’s wind machine”). I now live for these crisp fall mornings when it finally seems like adding a layer (and eventually two or three) seems not only prudent, but a great opportunity to bring some much-needed interest to our quickly fading summer trends.
Seems like it’s about time to start exploring our options for the upcoming season, so I decided to pop into Saks to check out their always on-point selection. Naturally, we snapped a few fun photos for you in the process. Whether you’re adding an anorak to your already-impressive collection, or in need of a new knit-cap for your first winter in NYC (go with Rag & Bone + Moncler, respectively)… Saks has my heart when it comes to a seriously stylish selection, and now this desert-girl is even more ready to be bundled up with the best of ‘em.
—Jessie Artigue, Style & Pepper
Apres ski: Moncler black puffer jacket, $975; Proenza Schouler dress, $2,450.
Calling Ali McGraw fans! Cole Haan camel wool coat $795; Vera Wang chiffon dress $895 Chloe orange wool sweater, $1,030; Vince fox fur gilet, $1,675; Chloe black booties $850, Saks Fifth Avenue Collection rex rabbit fur earmuffs, $70 and and Rag & Bone gloves $275.
Photographed by KSW, Styled by Sunita Kumar, Makeup by Ylenia Mazzei for Dior at Saks Fifth Avenue.
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