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Michelle Oliver: Boots and sweaters are go-to choices for winter weather

Thigh highs can be very comfortable and look exactly, if not better, than tights. Here, they’re paired with a black basic fit and flare dress and gray booties.
Thigh highs can be very comfortable and look exactly, if not better, than tights. Here, they’re paired with a black basic fit and flare dress and gray booties. Picasa

Do you ever have one of those days where your alarm clock goes off late, you’re out of milk for your cereal, you throw on whatever is clean in your closet and run out of the house only to find out it’s pouring?

No? Just me? I have come to realize I need to start checking the weather before I get dressed in the morning. That being said, this past week was a serious challenge.

I am so thankful for the rain, however I had forgotten what it is like to dress for it. Luckily I have a few great suggestions on how to dress for the cold, wet weather that fall and winter bring – or at least used to bring more often before three years of drought.

Boots are a great bad-weather accessory. I own a variety of boots and have them in many styles. As I have mentioned in previous articles, they are versatile and can dress up any casual outfit. I like to wear them with leggings and even the occasional dress.

Rain boots are also a great option for this time of year. They are stylish and keep your feet and legs dry. They also add a little flair to your outfit. Throw on a pair of leggings or skinny jeans and you are set.

An oversized sweater would also be a great addition to this outfit. The balance between skinny pants and a baggy sweater are perfect and can create a really stylish ensemble.

My next suggestion would be a trench coat. Trench coats have made a serious comeback and I love it. When I was a kid they were very much in style. Then they went out of style like most things do, but now I’m so excited that they are back.

With the rain we had this week, a trench coat was a must. It is a great addition to your work week apparel or a casual outfit. A trench coat is a great transition piece for jeans or slacks. My favorite trench coat is a coral color and looks great with jeans.

It is not your average trench coat. It has ruffles and detailed accents, which make it a little dressier than a traditional trench coat. I highly recommend a fitted trench coat if you decide to get one.

My last suggestion for a winter clothing item would be tights or thigh highs. I know tights and thigh highs are not every woman’s favorite thing. However, I have discovered thigh highs that are actually very comfortable and look exactly like, if not better than, tights. I love the look they created in the outfit in the photograph here with my column.

I paired them with a black basic fit and flare dress, then added some gray booties. These are a great accessory to have. I own a lot of skirts and dresses that would generally stay in my closet all fall and winter. However, these bad-weather items allow me to wear those dresses and skirts any time I want.

Michelle Oliver is a Merced native and a fashion and beauty blogger at www.gracefulglamourgirl.com. She can be reached at gracefulglamourgirl@live.com.

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