From the tundra of Wisconsin to the streets of Milan and the beaches of Los Angeles, I have almost nailed versatile and dynamic fashion down to a science. Being able to maintain a simple style without losing your own personal touch is a sense one has to develop. Whether you are more of the classic type, trendsetter, or boho-luxe babe, you should always take the style you’re imagining and adapt it to your lifestyle. After growing up in the Midwest, there is nothing more comforting than the perfect staple sweater, but with a twist (or as I would call it, functional fashion). From cable knits to turtle necks, dolman sleeves to hi-low hems, and belle sleeves to scalloped edges – there is one style that I have become absolutely obsessed with ever since I tried it on…and let’s just say it laces up nicely.
You may be asking yourself – if you live in Los Angeles, why do you need a (truly warm) sweater? While LA has been rather chilly this “winter” – the real reason was for my very first trip to the mountains people rave about in Mammoth Lake. Before I spent a weekend on the gorgeous, snow-covered slopes of this Swedish looking town, I had to do some serious pre-packing for the colder temperatures. Having been away from Wisconsin for nearly 8 years and have been in Los Angeles for 3 years by now, my wardrobe lacks serious winter weather gear and mainly consists of bikinis and gladiator sandals. From needing an actual waterproof snow jacket to fitted snow pants, warm boots – it was an adventure I wasn’t quite packed for. Who knew fleece lined leggings were a thing (and awesome)?
However, amidst my packing madness – I made sure to have some cute and cozy sweaters on hand for post-snowboarding coffees, fireplace dinners and pre-hot tub lounging (you know, the important stuff).
Here I am going to share with you how I styled my favorite versatile sweater this season for both a day in the city and a day in the mountains from Resolute Boutique. I’ll also include some of my essential winter accessories like scarves, hats and sunnies by ZeroUV (the sun is SO bright when you have snow reflecting off of everything).
First and foremost – if you are going to go on a snow-bunny-filled weekend, you need to start your packing and planning about 2 weeks in advance, should you need to order anything offline. My biggest piece of advice is to overpack, wear too many layers and buy gloves with wrist guards! I say that with my whole heart due to my unfortunate mishap at the bottom of my second slope where my board got a mind of it’s own and I fell and fractured my wrist.
Since I fractured my wrist, I got to spend some time exploring this bustling little town and learned that Mammoth Lakes also has some of thee cutest coffee shops and restaurants, I didn’t even feel like I was in California anymore. It resembled more of a small European town in Switzerland or Scandinavia with all of the dark wood lodges, tall Evergreen trees and mile high piles of snow (no joke there was at least 5-7 feet of snow surrounding us).
GOING TO THE MOUNTAINS: Business in the front – party in the back
One of my favorite things about my beige Resolute Boutique Winona Sweater is that it’s actually very warm without being bulky (between you and me, I didn’t have any layers on underneath in this picture…Shhh!).
If you are going for the super cozy, during-the-day look where you may be walking around outside or sitting out on a patio for lunch and don’t want to keep your winter jacket on, you can stay warm with the ties facing the backside with a cute scarf in the front. Don’t be afraid to mix in a pattern – like a fun bonbon scarf or infinity cable knit scarf – with this easy-to-pair neutral beige color.
Above, I’ve paired Resolute Boutique Winona Sweater with classic Levi jeans (because they fit my booty best) with the most comfortable MukLuk slippers – perfect for lounging by the fireplace with a glass of wine (or whiskey, whatever your poison may be).
Business in the front, party in the back! Here we still have the ties in the back, paired with black destroyed skinnies and a choker with waves for days hitting the shoulders. Throw on a cute pair of navy velvet booties and wa-la! The sweater becomes a nightlife outfit, and who doesn’t want to wear a cozy sweater out on the town instead of a thin little satin number (even though sometimes satin is required ;))
If you’re not in danger of snow – and it’s a chilly morning in LA – pair the sweater with these TO-DIE-FOR leopard print Dolce & Gabbana flats or a unique embroidered bootie (like these Rebecca Minkoff Bojana booties that I am obsessed with).
STAYING IN THE CITY: Tied Up Front
Don’t want to wear a scarf? This sweater is perfect to pair with a chic gold choker or even splash of turquoise tear drop earrings (pictured) or fun tassel dangler earrings (a current jewelry trend I am obsessed with) – it wouldn’t be a Sea Salt + Stilettos post without a turquoise tie-in ;). All jewelry is from Bauble Bar!
Want the sweater-of-the-season in your closet? Just visit Resolute Boutique online and use code ABBY10 for $10 off at checkout!
Have a great Friday loves, XX