Coat: Banana Republic, Gloves: Roundtree & Yorke, Wool Slacks: Pazoni by Nordstrom
Houston had another cold front hit town last week and you know what's the best thing about cold weather? No, it's not huddling under a pile of blankets by yourself weeping yourself silently to sleep (though I must admit, it's a close second). It's the ability to wear coats!
There is nothing that says "You have no idea what my body looks like underneath this" better than a full on coat. It makes heavier people look like they're pounds lighter and just wearing layers and stick people look normal. It's the great equalizer. Plus, your wardrobe is doubled by the addition of winter clothing (or you can be gross and just wear the same clothes underneath and no one would notice).
This here is my favorite piece of outerwear- an Italian wool/cashmere coat from Banana Republic I picked up last year on sale for a bargain half price in anticipation of flying to Chicago for work in the dead of winter. It's plenty warm without being too heavy and it’s slim fit, so I feel like it adds the illusion of inches to my height. In fact, it adds inches much better than any email you receive for v1Tagra or c1aL1s and does not require my bank account numbers either. I've worn this when wind chill was below zero and it's kept the cold out.
The only downside with winter clothing is its limited use- you can only wear it for maybe a month out of the year if you're lucky. Sometimes I do this thing where I try to maximize the use of outfits. I've worn my coat at least 20 times last year, so that makes each time I wore it like "renting" it for $5. The more I wear it, the less the "rental" cost is. My undergarments, man, I wear those things until the "rental" cost is like $0. So gross.
I also threw in a briefcase because this is what I look like going to work. People joke and think I must make a killing (by KILLING) but in actuality, inside the briefcase are a few decks of Magic:The Gathering, some Handi-Snacks, and some comic books. I'm actually a child!
Oh yeah, if you haven't already, don't forget to vote today! Don't make me come after you with my briefcase. So scary.