5 Winter Jackets You Need This Season

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Every girl knows that one winter jacket is not enough. We want our jackets to match our outfits or be appropriate for every event we attend. Unfortunately, jackets can be expensive, and we can’t all afford to have thirty jackets in our closet. So, to save your closet space and wallet, we at Parsimony Inspired created a list of the five jackets you need to keep your winter wardrobe stylish and well rounded!


PEA COAT

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Pea coats were originally worn by European sailors and American Navy Men. They are typically made of wool, short in length (above the knee), have broad lapels, and a double breasted front with large buttons. Pea coats can be worn as an everyday coat when the weather is not below freezing, and it is also acceptable to wear for more business-like occasions such as work, an interview, or dinner. Normally fashioned in neutral colors, pea coats do come in a variety of bright colors and patterns to satisfy every woman’s preference.


SKI JACKET

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Ski Jackets are designed to keep the active woman warm. Typically used for winter outdoor activities such as skiing and snowboarding, they can also be used as the outermost layer when the temperature drops and the wind picks up (they are usually wind resistant). Ski jackets come in a variety of length, colors, and layers. When deciding on a jacket, first consider the insulating materials. Do you need one that protects you at -30°F or one that protects you at just 20°F? These coats are definitely casual in nature, so pick one with fun colors no one will miss on the slopes!


LONG WOOL TRENCH COAT

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The original trench coat is a long waterproof coat that is double breasted with 10 buttons, has wide lapels, and a tie or belt at the waist. This twist on the original trench coat still boasts the flashy lapels and belt, but is made of wool instead. A long wool trench coat is warm, cozy, and fancy. Like a pea coat it typically is made in neutral colors, but can be found in many other colors and patterns. It is more business than casual, and is appropriate for any work or important meeting you have planned. It also plays up casual wear and looks great with jeans, heels, and a colorful scarf!


COCOON COAT

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Cocoon coats are unstructured and loose fitting-think a mix between a coat, cape, and cloak. They tend to have voluminous sleeves, and are a perfect outer layer when wearing a chunky sweater. They come in a variety of colors, patterns, and materials, and can either be casual or dressy. When dressing up the cocoon coat, make sure the outfit underneath is sleek and well fitted. Not all of these coats have closures, so wear them on warmer days or indoors as a fashion statement!


PARKA

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The parka was created by the Caribou Inuit to keep warm while hunting in the frigid Arctic. It is hip length, with a (faux) fur-lined hood, and typically stuffed with down warm synthetic fiber. This is your go to frigid weather coat. The down lining will keep you warm without having to layer 2 sweaters underneath. Parkas are acceptable as both business and casual wear. They are usually neutral in color and simply embellished with the fur-lined hood and sometimes toggle buttons. Parkas are a must-have for those living in cold climates, but can be passed on by those lucky enough to enjoy warm weather all year long!


How to Crush the Winter Fashion Game

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Winter fashion lends itself to the comfiest clothes of the year, but if you’re not careful your outfit can come across as lazy. We want you looking your best this winter, so we’ve picked our top five must-have pieces for your wardrobe to crush the fashion game!


SILK HAIR RIBBONS

Fashionable hair ribbons are a great way to play up your simple ponytail or braid. Silk is great for the winter because it decreases static and reduces split ends and dried out hair.


TURTLENECKS

Don’t be afraid of this 90’s comeback! Turtlenecks are super comfy, protect your neck from the cold, and elongate your neck (now you can rock those super long tassel earrings!) Wear an oversized turtleneck sweater or layer a tight fitting turtleneck under a leather jacket or wool coat!


OVERSIZED CARDIGANS

If worn correctly, an oversized cardigan is a great accent piece! Find one with a bold pattern or color to spice up simple layers underneath, or tone down a colorful outfit with a neutral toned cardigan! Make sure the cardigan doesn’t overwhelm your size- think top layer not poncho.


FLEECE-LINED LEGGINGS & TIGHTS

If you don’t have these in your closet, you need to go buy some immediately! Now you can wear that skirt or dress all winter long without turning your legs into icicles!


FASHIONABLE, YET PRACTICAL, MITTENS

If you lean towards gloves for hand warmth, try picking up a pair of mittens instead! Mittens keep your hands warmer than gloves, so wear them when walking about the city or standing in the dog park! Seek out fleece or sherpa lined mittens, and of course mittens with pretty and sophisticated patterns and colors.


Best Activities to Fight Off the Winter Blues

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After the excitement of the holidays disappears, we find ourselves fighting off boredom and the winter blues. It is easy to fall into a routine of watching movies on your warm and cozy couch instead of socializing and bathing in the sun (which requires you to face the freezing cold wind). To help you battle the blues, we’ve created a list of our favorite activities to boost your mood and reconnect with yourself and the world around you.


BEAUTY & HEALTH ACTIVITIES

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EXERCISE Exercise is the best way to boost your mood! It has been proven that exercise can make you exponentially happier and more motivated. Go do your favorite winter outdoor activity or do a quick 10 minute workout in your home! See our fitness guide for some easy moves you can do in your living room!

TREAT YOURSELF TO A MANI-PEDI Let’s be honest, your hands and feet could use some TLC this winter. Grab a girlfriend, or enjoy some me time, and get your nails done.

GET A MASSAGE & FACIAL A massage is a sure way to make you relaxed and feeling great! Allow yourself a spa day and opt for that facial you always pass on. Your face will be glowing, and you'll have the perfect excuse to post a selfie of your beautiful self!

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MEDITATE We cannot think of a better way to expel stress than to close your eyes and think about nothing. Go to that yoga class you haven’t    had time for, or set up a cozy spot in your home and find a class on YouTube.

SOAK UP THE SUN Bundle up, go for a walk, and get your daily dose of vitamin D. It’s a simple way to ease your bad mood and put some color on your cheeks.


ME TIME ACTIVITIES

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READ A BOOK Escape the cold and windy world outside, and get lost in a book that takes you far away from your stress and problems. Your mind will feel refreshed, and you will be more willing to do your work and crush those goals with a clear head. Need a book suggestion? Try one of the National Book Award Winners from this year!

DANCE IT OUT Dance by yourself, in your bedroom, with the volume all the way up. Channel your inner Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang. Dancing is perfect for shaking away winter blues and boosting your confidence.

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TAKE A LUXURIOUS BUBBLE BATH Buy a million scented candles, bath bombs, and oils and make yourself a luxurious bubble bath. Turn off your phone and listen to music, read a book or magazine, and sip some wine while relaxing.

REARRANGE YOUR FURNITURE Give your living space a fresh and cozy makeover. Move furniture around for some new flow or cozy up your place with a few simple but effective details like candles and blankets.


FOOD & DRINK ACTIVITIES

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BAKE SOME GOODIES Bake a cake or cookies to share with your friends and family. Make something winter themed like gingerbread, snickerdoodles, or try our amazing figgy pudding recipe. Your home will smell like warm sugar and cake, yum!

COOK Cook that meal you’ve always wanted but were too afraid to try. Or make that family recipe that brings you comfort. Food is a guaranteed way to make you happy, and making something from scratch will give you a sense of pride and fulfillment.

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GET COFFEE Try the new coffee shop down the road with a few friends. Be sure to order that extravagant drink and enjoy it!

HOST AN INTIMATE DINNER PARTY Invite a few of your closest friends over for a fancy dinner party. Cook a three course meal, set up your china that’s gathering dust, and drink champagne!


OUT ON THE TOWN ACTIVITIES

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SIP & PAINT Sign you and a few friends up for a sip and paint class. Enjoy some good drinks and company, and be creative at the same time! It’s a great way to let your guard down and just have fun!

SEE A COMEDY SHOW Buy tickets to a comedy show in your area, or enjoy stand up at a local dive bar. Laughing is the perfect way to cheer you up, and a comedy show is much more fun than the movies.

PLAN A STAYCATION Book a hotel, grab a fancy dinner, and enjoy the night out all while staying in town. Make it a girls weekend and escape from the hectic work week or a romantic “getaway” for you and your guy.