Winter Weather

ADD SOME SHINE: THE PATENT PUFFER

It’s February and it’s still freezing.

The parka game may be getting a little old and it gets harder and harder to actually attempt dressing up in the winter. Thankfully, some outerwear trends can make a statement and still keep you warm like the patent puffer.

Since fall, the patent trend has been everywhere. I love it in boots, skirts and yes even pants! I gave into the skirt and sadly declined on the pant once I tried them on in the fitting room and heard how they sounded as I tried walking back and forth and immediately thought of the Friends episode with Ross’s leather pants…the horror. lol

On Black Friday I had ventured into Zara in the suburbs and there it was…shining bright…the patent puffer. I knew I had to have it!

Yes, it was a bit ridiculous. Yes, it kind of made me feel like Missy Elliot in the ‘The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)’ video but I didn’t care — I needed it…and it was on sale! I got that and these boots I’m wearing here which also happen to be borderline patent…I can’t help myself. The heart wants what it wants.

For this look, I kept it super simple wearing a black turtleneck sweater by H&M and these amazing jeans by Levi’s in collaboration with Aritzia. They’re the jean I have been searching at every vintage store for…a light wash, non-destroyed pair of Levi’s 501s with a high waist. They do cut at the ankle so wearing a high ankle boot like these are perfect.

This puffer may seem a little bold to some but I think it’s a great way to ease into the trend if you’re still a little on the fence. It’s a fun outerwear piece that can also go sporty. I think it would look great with sweats or leggings for a more athleisure look as well!

Ready to shine?

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JACKET: Zara, similar here

SWEATER: H&M, similar here

JEANS: Aritzia

SHOES: Zara

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GREY ON GREY ON GREY

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 50 shades of grey — almost.

I live in grey. From my wardrobe to my bedroom — it is by far my favorite hue. One look I love is wearing this neutral from head to toe.

This coat I first discovered on Instagram and instantly took a screenshot. After dreaming about it for a week, I purchased at Aritzia and was so excited to wear it.

I wanted an alternative to my black coat this winter, and sometimes being in a sea of puffers around the city can get a little boring — having a statement coat to mix in every now and then is a great way to switch up your look.

I layered my coat with this dream of a sweatshirt I found at Forever 21. Under 20 bucks, I regret not buying two!

My jeans are Denim X — the latest fit from American Eagle Outfitters. They feel so soft, almost like a second-skin. The fabric has a ton of stretch and keeps their form. No one likes a saggy skinny jean!

My shoes are All Saints, I scored them last summer — they have become a staple in my closet and are surprisingly comfortable.

You can easily recreate this look with my picks below — who knew one color could be so versatile  – how will you wear it?

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Coat: Aritzia (now on sale!)
Sweatshirt: Forever 21
Shoes: All Saints (Similar)
Sunnies: Ray-Ban 

Photos by Allison Schaller

HOW TO BE A WRAP STAR

My absolute necessity for fall is the blanket scarf. I can’t live without it. I purchased my first one a few years ago from Aritzia and decided I needed a fresh one for the season! At first you might wonder, “How does one wear so much fabric?” or “Does it look like I’m wearing an actual blanket?” Have no fear. Here at Syma Speaks, we’ve made our first .gif (#trendy) to show you a few ways to wear this season’s most versatile item.

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1. Easy Breezy – I like this look for a day where I’m not freezing and just want to add some color and texture.

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2. The Shawl – This adds drama. Draped as a shawl, this not only keeps you super warm but plays up on the Kimono trend we’ve been seeing this past summer and the heavier fabric works for the cooler months.

_MG_02183. The Classic – Fashion meets function. Your safest bet to stay warm all winter long. Your scarf tied with an easy loop around your neck won’t go anywhere and is best when you’re running  errands around the city.

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4. Wrap Star – Wearing your blanket scarf like this lets it double as a coat  and you mean business. Your arms might not be handy but who cares – you’re as warm as can be.

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5. Flip It and Reverse It – Take a cue from Missy and wear the reverse side of your blanket scarf  the next time you drape it like a shawl. I’m obsessed with this navy and it gives a whole new feel to this look.

With so many ways to wear it – how will you rock the Blanket Scarf?

Shop some of my favorite options from Aritzia and aerie.

My Look

Hat, American Eagle Outfitters 

Sweatshirt , Forever 21

Scarf, Aritzia

Jeans, American Eagle Outfitters

Boots, Sam Edelman 

Photos by Allison Schaller