When temperatures start to dip, I always find myself reaching into my fiancé’s closet for some oversized pieces to keep me cozy. As I was making my list of wardrobe gaps to fill for the upcoming season, I realized a lot I could find a lot of what I wanted much more easily (and cheaper!) in the men’s section. So I put together a little round up of items I added to cart for this season, whether you want to “gift” them to your partner so you can slyly share, or you just want a few pieces that are a little less feminine, this is for you.
1. Carhartt Beanie
These are so ubiquitous, and for good reason. They look good on literally everyone, they are a great price, and they last forever. They come in a ton of colors and styles, but I am digging tried-and-true Carhartt brown, it’s the perfect hint of nostalgia mixed with trendiness. You can’t ever go wrong with a classic, and the fact that these have been popular since the 90’s proves their staying power. These hats are the kind of thing that would make a worthy investment piece, but at just $17, you can get one in every color without breaking the bank.
2. Grandpa Sweater
My favorite chunky sweater was a lucky thrift-store find in the men’s department, but we all know thrift shopping can be as disappointing as rewarding. This sweater looks so much like mine, but you can easily grab it online and on sale. It come in four colors to match whatever vibe you’re going for, but this oatmeal option is my favorite because it matches everything.
I may or may not be slowly acquiring these flannels in every color via my fiancé. So far I’ve bought him black, burgundy, and cream and they look great paired with joggers for him, but even better over leggings for me. I packed his burgundy one last time we went to visit Kathryn and Joe and it did a great job serving double duty which means one less item we had to pack!
4. Sherpa-Lined Sweatpants
I am constantly reminding myself that I need to get more comfy clothes as I’m working from home all winter. I’m also the type of person who is never warm enough from November-February, so sweatpants with some added coziness looks like the perfect addition to my work from home winter wardrobe. My favorite thing about these, besides the sherpa lining to keep me toasty AF, is the zippered pockets. Men’s sweatpants get bonus points for pockets that can actually fit a phone and wallet. Usually when I sit down everything falls out of said pockets, but not with these!
5. Flannel Shacket
I’ve seen so many bloggers traipsing around in their adorable flannel shackets, but I’ve been hard pressed to find one that comes in a color scheme I like, in my budget, and in sizes that fit both Kathryn and myself (story of my life). These Wrangler shirt jackets come in a ton of color options, they’re cheaper than all the women’s versions that I liked, and the men’s sizing means we’ll have a little wiggle room to layer with as we are both broad-shouldered ladies. For under $30, I may grab one for everyone in our little framily.
You may have noticed that I live in my J. Crew slipper mocs during winter, but in our households we have inside slippers and outside slippers. One of them gets worn around the house, and one is a quick slip-on shoe to run to the mailbox, to the car, etc. I am very much lacking in the outside slipper department and these hardsole mocs look like they’d give me the comfort of my J. Crew faves with the function of a shoe. Men’s shoes are also great for those of you with wider feet! Just remember to go down two sizes (so a size 8 women becomes a size 6 men).
7. Sherpa Denim Jacket
We both have and love a sherpa jacket from last year but, truth be told, Kat always reaches for her husband’s because it fits so much better over chunky tops (broad shoulders, remember?) and mine is from the men’s section. I love my slim fit denim jacket over dresses in the summer but in the winter, give me the boyfriend fit any day.
No matter how you’re dressed, we hope you stay cozy and warm at home this winter!
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