So whos excited that its finally cold out? All this frigid air means lots of great coats, hats and scarves.
The thing is, Ive had a spotty past with winter wear. In early college, I scored what I thought was a great deal on a long, gray wool coat that I soon realized made me look like a Joseph Goebbels devotee on my way to a Hitler Youth rally.
And during my ill-advised attempt at a tomboy phase in middle school, I pleaded for a Charlotte Hornets Starter jacket (but, giving away my decidedly non-tomboy personality, it was because of the colors).
I tend to stick with one simple coat over a few seasons, but Im tempted by these great finds at local stores.
Can we talk about the greatness that is Consortium (9215 N. Penn; 286-4183)? This clothing-and-more boutique opened in a new space in Casady Square in June and looks simply phenomenal all tall ceilings and exposed brick with chandeliers fashioned out of antlers painted red.
Plus and this is so cool Consortium now has its liquor license, meaning you can stop in not just to shop, but to sip on drinks, too.
I am in love with the Belstaff jackets for both men and women there.
The styles of this iconic brand run from cool-guy leather bomber jackets in weathered black or brown to longer wool coats studded with great details like a leather belt, cargo pockets or brushed gunmetal buttons. Its all very World War I on the Western Front.
For something a bit more glam, check out the absolutely gorgeous Moschino coat done in a gray and cream houndstooth pattern. The coat has tiered ruffles that start at the hip, and it can be ruched higher in the front pretty enough to be a dress.
At Blue 7 (7518 N. May; 604- 5199), there is a wide range of both mens and womens winter wear to choose from, with more coming in each week.
I was drawn to the interesting pea coats that go way beyond the standard hip-length navy (which is, sadly, what I have). From Tulle, I loved a pretty belted, red plaid coat with burnished brass buttons that hit at mid-thigh like a chic lumberjack (or would that be lumberjane?). Also check out a Jackie O-style wool coat in a short, swingy shape and bracelet-length sleeves in a sunny canary yellow.
Blue 7 also has a great selection of knit hats, mittens and scarves by Tullette and colorful pashminas by Pashmina.
Royce (7314 N. Western; 608- 0148) has a small but cool collection of hats and scarves, with more coming in soon. Check out two unisex scarves one is a lovely, chunky knit infinity scarf done in a deep gray and the other is a jersey material sporting a vintagestyle OU logo. Pretty cool.
The available hats, by Block Headware, are more stylish than wintery, but the canvas toppers would still keep you covered on cooler nights.