How to Style a Linen Dress in Winter

When I think of linen I think of bright spring days, warm summer weather, light pastels, and summer sandals. It’s one of my favorite fabrics to wear despite it’s wrinkling tendencies. If anything, the wrinkling makes linen all the more charming. Despite the typically summer aesthetic assigned to this fabric, it can be worn throughout the year. It’s all in the styling and fabric color.

I didn’t own any linen until I made the leap into slow fashion. I actually never even paid attention to what fabric I wore before I started this blog. Synthetic, natural, mystery, who cares? It’s affordable and looks nice. It’s actually so interesting looking back. Because now a lot of my love for an item is attributed to the quality of the fabric it’s made from.

Now that I’ve curated a few linen pieces, I don’t want to store them away for warm weather. I want to wear them now and often. So, how can a linen item be styled during the colder months? Today, I’m covering some simple ideas for wearing your linen dresses this winter.

Styling a Linen Dress in Winter

1. Add Dark Tights

Outfit Details notPerfectLinen Linen Dress || Lotta from Stockholm Clogs LL Bean Fisherman Sweater || J.Crew Wool Coat Black Tights

Outfit Details notPerfectLinen Linen Dress || Lotta from Stockholm Clogs LL Bean Fisherman Sweater || J.Crew Wool Coat Black Tights

I recently found this notPerfectLinen linen dress and have been trying to finding many different ways to wear it. My favorite has been adding a pair of black or sweater tights. It is one of the easiest and quickest ways to take a dress from summer to winter, spring to fall. Pair them with a pair of boots, black flats, or as I’m styling here, a pair of clogs. This would be more of an indoor look for winter. But it’s quite perfect for my office temperatures. Which leads us to the next addition.

2. Add a Cozy Sweater

Outfit Details notPerfectLinen Linen Dress || Lotta from Stockholm Clogs LL Bean Fisherman Sweater || J.Crew Wool Coat Black Tights

I couldn’t wear this outfit outside without the addition of this sweater. It takes this outfit from slightly winter ready to fully appropriate. I do want to add that the color of linen does play a pretty major role in seasonal appropriateness. You might be able to get away with soft pastels, however, darker tones (non-pastel) like greys, greens, blues, oranges, or reds work better. Throw a sweater on top of your dress and you’re ready for the day.

3. Add a Wool Coat

Outfit Details notPerfectLinen Linen Dress || Lotta from Stockholm Clogs LL Bean Fisherman Sweater || J.Crew Wool Coat Black Tights

Outfit Details notPerfectLinen Linen Dress || Lotta from Stockholm Clogs LL Bean Fisherman Sweater || J.Crew Wool Coat Black Tights

This step is pretty intuitive. And excuse my puffiness in this photo. I just love how a grey wool coat looks with this entire ensemble and wanted to share for inspiration. For me, it really pulls together the entire outfit and makes it ready for a cold day of activities.


I hope that helps create some style inspiration for taking your linen from warm to cold! I’m constantly trying to find ways to make the items in my closet multi-seasonal. It’s always a fun challenge.

So, how do you wear your linen in the winter? 

Outfit Details

notPerfectLinen Linen Dress || Lotta from Stockholm Clogs

LL Bean Fisherman Sweater || J.Crew Wool Coat

Black Tights

Winter Shorts with Tights

It’s easy to wear the same thing over and over during the winter time. Especially if you live somewhere that has a January with consistently below freezing temperatures. So, today I’m sharing a winter outfit formula to mix things up: a sweater + shorts + tights.

I’m very aware that I put in less effort on very cold days. I’ll walk over to my closet and grab what’s warm and works together. Usually a pair of jeans or trousers, a sweater, and my boots or converse. Add wool socks, a large scarf, a hat, and my winter coat, and that’s my go-to cold outfit for the week.

When I wear something similar too many days in a row, I usually force myself to mix it up. I brainstorm or research winter outfit inspiration to get out of my rut. And one combination I really like this winter is a sweater, winter shorts, and black tights.

Outfit Formula: Sweater + Shorts + Tights

Outfit Details LL Bean Fisherman Sweater || Black Shorts (similar) Madewell Brown Oxfords || Black Tights

Winter shorts with tights is such a great way to mix up your winter outfits while also getting use out of a piece of clothing that’s probably been sitting in your drawer. There’s many different color and material combinations you can make with this formula. Some ideas:

  • Navy sweater, denim shorts, black tights
  • Cream sweater, denim shorts, black or navy tights
  • Black sweater, black shorts, black or grey tights

I don’t actually own a black sweater so my outfit for this formula consisted of my cream LL Bean sweater, black shorts, and black tights. There are a lot of different shoes you could wear with this outfit as well. I’d wear boots instead of oxfords for really cold days.

Outfit Details LL Bean Fisherman Sweater || Black Shorts (similar) Madewell Brown Oxfords || Black Tights Outfit Details LL Bean Fisherman Sweater || Black Shorts (similar) Madewell Brown Oxfords || Black Tights

Outfit Details LL Bean Fisherman Sweater || Black Shorts (similar) Madewell Brown Oxfords || Black Tights Outfit Details LL Bean Fisherman Sweater || Black Shorts (similar) Madewell Brown Oxfords || Black Tights

Do you have a favorite way to mix up winter outfits? Let me know in the comments below!

Outfit Details

LL Bean Fisherman Sweater || Black Shorts (similar)

Madewell Brown Oxfords || Black Tights

My New Favorite Clogs

If I had to choose a favorite area of my closet, I would immediately answer shoes. It’s been a lifelong love affair. I always know exactly what shoes I like whenever I go shopping. My closet has always been an assortment of multiple pairs of shoes, a fair amount of jeans, and very few tops. When it comes to spending money, I tend to budget it more towards shoes.

I’m pretty surprised with myself that I didn’t buy a pair of clogs earlier. I’ve been wanting a pair since this past summer and for whatever reason never bought any. Which, is an accomplishment in itself. 

But now I’m happy to share a pair with you all that I found and love to wear and love from the brand Lotta from Stockholm. Choosing a color was the hardest part. The second was the style. My final decision came between the ones I’m wearing here and a pair of lighter tan ones. I ultimately opted for the darker brown and burgundy as I figured they were much more appropriate year round.

The next part to figure out? How to style them.

Lotta from Stockholm Clogs

Outfit Details Everlane Popover Top || Everlane Cheeky Straight Jeans Lotta from Stockholm Clogs

These clogs are so incredibly comfortable. They add height without feeling like adding height. I very rarely wear anything that isn’t a flat sole so I love that these feel no different while simultaneously making me look taller.

The burgundy pairs really well with any denim wash and especially with neutrals. I plan on styling these this winter with:

  • Tights and dresses
  • Jeans and button downs
  • Jeans and sweaters
  • Shorts and tights
  • Dresses with sweaters on top

Outfit Details Everlane Popover Top || Everlane Cheeky Straight Jeans Lotta from Stockholm Clogs

Outfit Details Everlane Popover Top || Everlane Cheeky Straight Jeans Lotta from Stockholm Clogs

Can’t wait to share more outfits styled with these clogs!

What’s your favorite way to wear them?

Outfit Details

Everlane Popover Top || Everlane Cheeky Straight Jeans

Lotta from Stockholm Clogs

2019 Closet Goals

Happy New Year! There’s nothing quite as refreshing than the start of a new year. A chance to be a new person. To leave our vices and things we dislike about ourselves in a different year. In a closed chapter. It’s the opportunity to reinvent ourselves with a clean slate.

I’ve thought a lot about what I want to leave behind and what I want 2019 me to focus on. What I want this reinvented version of myself to be like. I want to be healthier, more routine drive, and feel more organized. Organized in my home, closet, activities, and work. So, I decided to not only create New Year’s resolutions as a whole but also create a separate one for my closet. 

Creating Closet Resolutions

When I started this blog back in June of last year it was with the goal to finally create my dream wardrobe. Which, I’ve absolutely progressed. It would be unfair to myself to say I haven’t. I’m now in such a better place than I was when I started. So why do I still feel so unorganized?

I still fall in the purchasing traps. The feeling of need and want for things in my closet that will finally make my wardrobe feel complete. So I spend money on these things. I made a few impulse purchases I wasn’t too proud of, and I still spent more money than I’m comfortable with.

So how do I get there? How do I stop saying to myself “oh just this one thing will make it more perfect”. The answer was to make a list. Make a list of what I do want and what I want to focus on.

So, I sat down and made this list of wardrobe goals for the year. It helped me to really just focus and think about what I care about. It helped me to see my priorities and where I should focus to be happy with the fashion side of my life. These are:

  • Create a curated wardrobe list
  • Stick to a monthly shopping budget
  • Sell things I don’t wear
  • Sew instead of buy

My 2019 Closet Goals to Reach Wardrobe Satisfaction

notPerfectLinen Linen Dress

Create a Curated Wardrobe List

I think what people love about capsule wardrobes is that you plan them, choose them, and then wear what you chose. It takes the pressure to buy out of the picture. Plus, you carefully chose what’s in it so it all works together.

I guess essentially what I want is my entire wardrobe to be a capsule wardrobe. One that covers every season that I’ll add to here and there. I’ll change it slightly from year to year. But my dream would just to have a set of, say, 50 items that flow seamlessly with each other and that I love. The first step? Make a list of all these items, find them, and slowly curate.

Stick to a Monthly Shopping Budget

I haven’t been great about this one in the past. I’ll go one or two months without shopping and then buy without budgeting the following month. One of the downfalls of shopping fasts. Instead, I want a strict budget. Say $100 a month. I believe this will help me stay focused and only spend on things I really care about.

Sell Things I Don’t Wear

A great way to replace items in your closet you don’t really care about? Sell them! I’m so bad about getting rid of things I don’t wear. I create arbitrary sentimental values that result in never worn clothes hanging in my closet taking up space and driving me to feel even more disorganized.

Sew Instead of Buy

There are so many ideas I have for clothes I want to make. Yet I keep putting them off. Granted, I have been out of town for awhile. Coupled with the goal to not really buy anything, sewing is a creative alternative to really creating a dream wardrobe. So, I plan on sewing these ideas into actual clothing. I’ll leave space on my curated wardrobe list for these items.


It feels so refreshing to have goals written down and planned for my closet. I think our clothes can cause a lot of unneeded frustration in our lives. Which, I think a lot of that comes from a lack of planning. So I’ll do just that: plan.

I’d love to hear from you. What are your 2019 closet goals?

Photo Details

Photo 1:

Everlane Cheeky Jeans || GiGi Pip Hat

L.L. Bean Fisherman Sweater || Everlane Straight Leg Pants

Photo 2:

notPerfectLinen Dress

Ethical Brand Highlight: Tradlands

I took a little bit of a break from posting on here during the holidays and now I’m excited to be back! My original intention was not to be gone for quite so long. However, last week at work and getting settled back in the city ended up being way busier than I thought.

Now on to today’s feature!

Today I’m super excited to share with you all another ethical brand you may or may not know about. In my journey of ethical fashion, I’ve been finding new ethical brands I love along the way. So, my goal is to share with you all the ones I find to aid in your journey as well.

Tradlands

Today’s brand I’m sharing is a clothing company called Tradlands. They focus on ethically and sustainably made menswear inspired women’s basics. You can learn more about how they create their clothes ethically and use sustainable methods in their manufacturing and business practices here.

What originally caught my attention were their beautifully made women’s button downs. If I had to choose a favorite type of top, it would absolutely be a button down top. They’re simple, classic, and so comfortable. Tradlands’ button downs are what I always wished I could have but could never find in stores.

They come in pretty much every color I’ve ever wanted. Pink, gingham, blues, and crisp whites. It’s an ethical one stop shop for any button down you need. They also come in every sleeve length you could want. I personally love short sleeve oxfords but they’re so hard to find. So, I was very very excited when I saw they sell short sleeves as well.

Their product though is not just limited to oxfords. They also sell:

  • Sweaters
  • Trousers
  • Tees
  • Henleys
  • Flannels
  • Accessories

Fit Review

It’s always difficult to tell how the fabric will feel and drape when shopping online. Especially when it comes to button downs. I was pleasantly surprised when I tried on this Tradlands top for the first time.

The fabric is very light weight and has a nice stiffness to it. It’s light weight but not flimsy. As far as size, I’m wearing a size small here. It is as bit on the big size. I could have gone with an extra-small, but I like the more loose fitting look as well. I’d say it does run large so if you’re in between sizes, size down.

To wrap up, I highly recommend checking out Tradlands. Especially if you’re searching for ethically made women’s basics with a nice menswear inspired touch!

Other amazing tops to check out:

White Button Down || $159

Blue and White Gingham Top || $79

Pink Linen Shirt || $69

Striped Short Sleeve Button Down || $69

Short Sleeve Gingham Top || $69

Sleeveless White Button Down || $79

 

Outfit Details

Tradlands Top || Everlane Jeans

Madewell Oxfords