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Fun Cold Weather Outfits For Men & Women

Fun Cold Weather Outfits For Men & Women

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You guys ask for it, we deliver it. That's how it works here in the fun world of Love + Specs! A couple of weeks ago I did a poll on Instagram Stories and asked if you guys would rather see more holiday style and outfits for men and women on the blog in the lead up to the holidays, or if you're over all of that holiday hype and would rather see more general winter style on here. And you know what happened? You awesome readers of ours were split right down the middle, 50/50! And not only that, but I think that poll garnered more responses than any other poll I've conducted on my Instagram Stories, so the passion was real for this topic. Which is why we love you guys! You're here for it, and we couldn't be more pumped about that.

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So in light of our little 50/50 split, we decided that we'll do exactly that here on the blog. This month we'll bring you a little bit of holiday style, some general winter outfit inspiration and of course tons of gift guides in between to make sure we're giving all of you exactly what you want and not leaving anyone out. Cool? Cool. So today, we thought we'd take a break from really holiday-specific style and offer some inspiration for all of that travel you'll be doing in the coming weeks, hopefully to colder, cozier, more winter-like climates to help you fully immerse yourselves in this snowy season!

It's still relatively warm here in Phoenix during the day, but the evenings and mornings are getting chillier and chillier. I even got to break out the hat, mittens and a cozy scarf in the evening over the weekend while we ventured out on a little citrus-spotting walk around our neighborhood. Winter is citrus season here in the Valley of the Sun, so all of the citrus trees in our neighborhood are starting to show really colorful, beautiful fruit right now and smell absolutely heavenly. For all of the complaining I do about the brown, dusty desert landscape here in Phoenix, I have to say that when citrus season hits, it's pretty magical.

One of the things we both love so much about winter style for men and women is that it lets us wear cozy, casual cold weather outfits and mix in some fun, not-so-typical winter colors that brighten up the mood while keeping us bundled up. I love a good dark, moody winter color palette, but I think there's something so uplifting and awesome about sporting some brighter, more fun hues when you're layering up in the winter and trudging your way through darker and shorter days!

This blush pink blanket scarf from Anthropologie is the softest, most snuggly scarf I've ever owned, and it comes in a ton of other great colors, too. This would be a great travel scarf because it could double (triple?) as a plane blanket and even a little pillow. Yep, I'm totally not afraid to bunch up a scarf and use it as a little pillow on a plane. Options, people. Options. And I don't think I've ever loved a hat and mitten set any more than I love these fun and funky lime and blush pink mittens and this coordinating pom beanie. The mittens are fleece-lined and the hat is so soft... on my head... because that matters. In all seriousness, when I shop and add items to my wardrobe during the dry winter months, the softness of the fabrics I'm wearing is a major priority. If it's not soft against my skin, it just sits in my closet. And long sleeved tees like this light, ultra soft ribbed mock neck number from Anthropologie is something I'll be packing and wearing all winter long. They also have an identical boat neck version that's pretty perfect, too!  This tee is great on its own, but it's also the perfect layering piece under little jackets and scratchier sweaters. 

And can we talk about Chris' cute gingham shirt with elbow patches (the red version is fun for holiday)? OK so he's probably going to kill me when he finds out I just called his elbow patches cute, but whatever. Come at me, Chris! But seriously, I love that so many men's brands have been embracing elbow patches for winter (like this one and this one that we love). It's such a cool, rugged (is that macho enough, CC?) look and it's the perfect way to integrate a little bit more "winter" flair into your wardrobe. And those navy leather Cole Haan sneakers he's wearing were such a good find. Chris is all about a good leather sneaker, and you should be, too! For both men and women it's a great way to get the polished-casual look in the fall in winter without having to wear serious, heavy boots.

We linked even more similar cold weather winter outfit items in the widgets above and below, so click through to shop them all! You can also head over to the Shop page and check out all of the categories that we're adding fresh and fun new items to every day like Winter Style for Men, Winter Style for Women, Holiday Party Outfit Ideas, Holiday Gifts Under $50, Gift Ideas for Men and more!

Happy holidaying, friends and stay warm out there!

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