Just Because You Wanna

18th January

Do you ever get that bug to wear something in your closet even though it goes against convention or fashion expertise? Maybe you just bought a fabulous designer piece at an end-of-season sale and can’t wait a full year to wear it. Or you’ve packed something you were looking forward to wearing on a trip, but then realize once you get there that it is no longer “appropriate” for the weather.

Some of my favorite outfits are those which resulted from having taken a risk, from ignoring what I’ve been programmed to think is right. And so, I propose that when we get that sartorial inspiration, we try to make it work. Some of my favorite street style seems to follow that pattern – it has something unexpected, but works beautifully. Here are my favorite 5 examples.


Unconventional fashion

Cristina of Shoe Tease

We all know that wearing white after Labor Day is now a non-issue. But how about when we feel like wearing white jeans with nude pumps to expose a bit of ankle in the dead of winter – instead of something more obvious for the season, like tall black boots?

Canadian blogger Cristina of Shoe Tease beautifully demonstrates how to counter that tendency to go completely bundled – and all dark colors! – in winter. I love the way she styles her springy/summery lower half with a chunky yellow sweater, black winter coat, and light/dark handbag pulling it all together.


And then we have Rosa, who I recently spotted on Newbury Street in Boston. I was instantly drawn to her outfit – must have been the chestnut brown beanie, which adds just the right dose of casual and pop of color to this great weekend look.

unconventional style


While puffer coats get a lot of flak for destroying the silhouette, there’s a reason they’ve been around forever: in extreme cold, what besides a fur coat will truly keep us snug?

With a little creativity, we can avert the dreaded Michelin look: shopping for a jacket, for example, of a short cut and vertical decorative panel (as seen below). Extra points to this woman for styling it with high boots featuring a vertical line of studs.

Chic puffer coat

For more interesting puffer jackets, click here, here, and here. Manhattan, New York.

Even with a puffer coat of traditional cut, we can employ a few tricks to add some oomph to our look – for example, a short skirt and a long jacket (hey, isn’t that a Cake song?) with tall, fitted boots.

Making a puffer coat work

Midtown, New York City


I presume that a lot of us equate rubber boots with milder seasons, like fall. I was so inspired when Liliya included them in a spring-in-winter ensemble during New York’s recently warm spell.

Liliya Anisimova in Hunter boots

After that I still see loads of women sporting them in Boston and New York – in frigid temperatures. With the kaleidoscope of colors in which you can find a pair of Hunters, why not? They allow for a fanciful palette – like the one below – to brighten even the darkest wintery day.

Unconventional style

Newbury Street, Boston


One of my favorite counter-intuitive looks includes a short skirt or shorts in winter. You might recall as examples, Liliya’s recent shorts outfit-of-the-day or this image from our post about twinning.

Friends who dress alike

Midtown, New York City

When temperatures drop, a pair of tights, toasty boots, and layering up top afford us style and comfort.

Unconventional style

Love this play with neutrals. Notice also how a puffer VEST adds minimal puffiness. Newbury Street, Boston

In the name of expressing our individual style, I suggest that every so often we dare to ignore the “should’s” in favor of outfits that are a lot more fun. Which bit of fashion advice or convention have you ignored recently?

XO, Janea

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2 responses to “Just Because You Wanna”

  1. Francesca says:

    Lovely post! Reach of inspiration and self confidence <3


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