My mom discovered a fashion trend without even trying. In anticipation of Chicago’s winter, my mom and I always go coat shopping together to try to find her a new warm jacket. We tear up Michigan Avenue, going from store to store in 15-minute increments. The same thing happens in every store: I pull out funky bombers and cropped puffers, my mom shakes her head no, and she reaches for a knee-length jacket.
“Come on, Mom. Why not this one?” I’ll say, holding out a leather bomber that I secretly hope she likes so I can “borrow” it from her closet.
She informs me for the 97th time that she will not wear any jacket that does not fully cover her butt. I remind her of her great physique, which is perhaps due to weekly pilates and five-mile runs every day. In turn, she tells me that’s not the point and to not push it. “I’ll wear a short coat the same day you wear a long one,” is her final word on the matter.
In my defense, I tried wearing long coats. But every long puffer made me feel like an elongated walking marshmallow, every trench coat made me feel like a lurking private investigator, and every wool overcoat made me feel like I was trapped in a blanket. Then one night, as I was putting on my favorite leather jacket to go out, it hit me: long leather jackets.
While I still may not understand my mom’s no-short-coats rule, I will say that I can get behind her long-coat look. Long leather coats are the ideal jacket for winter. They’re sleek, subtle, and have just the right amount of shape. The leather isn’t too heavy, and the extra length adds plenty of warmth. And after a lengthy online search, I found tons of options that I could see both my mom and myself wearing. Below, I’ve rounded up 21 long leather jackets to get you through the winter. (And Mom, if you’re reading this, it’s now your turn to try the leather bomber.)
It’s a new year, and you know what that means: Most of us are setting personal goals and intentions, tossing out old habits that aren’t serving us, and just looking for a fresh start. It’s also a prime opportunity to have a little fun and try something new.
One way I like to mix things up at the beginning of the year is by changing up my beauty routine. Listen, I’m not forcing you to trim your own bangs or to box-dye your hair a crazy color, but if you did and it didn’t quite work out, that’s what hats are for, right?
Even if you’re a little wary of making a drastic change, you can take baby steps and start by mixing up your manicure routine. If you normally stick to reds and neutrals, why not opt for blues and greens? Or if your nails are usually bare, you can treat yourself to an at-home mani and experiment with some new colors or designs. The sky’s the limit here, and if you don’t like it, well, there’s always nail polish remover!
To get you inspired, we compiled a list of our favorite nail colors to wear this January. Some are classics, but we’ve also got a couple of funky and unusual options. Take a look below.
Deep, darker colors are the norm for the wintry season. Instead of an inky black polish, why not grab a dark navy polish? You still get that dramatic effect, but it’s a little more unexpected.
If you normally gravitate toward pinks and reds, you can switch things up with purple. There’s a shade for any kind of mood or vibe—like a dark wine-inspired hue, one that veers toward magenta, or a soft mauve.
Wintry whites? How groundbreaking. But there’s a reason why it’s a classic hue, especially this time of year. Depending on the shade, white can look crisp and sophisticated or soft and creamy. It’s versatile and goes with just about any outfit or look.
Winter might not be a particularly green and lush season, so if you’re missing that hue, you can express it on your nails. Deep emerald polishes have a regal look, but softer sages can be so calming, too.
For those of you who think neons are more of a summer choice, hear us out. The colder temps in the wintry season can make it feel a little glum, so bring a little bit of happiness to your fingertips with some bold neon hues. The bright colors will definitely make a statement and might even lift your spirits.
On the flip side, reliable, goes-with-anything gray works all year round, but especially this time of year. A dark gunmetal gray can have the same strong effect as an inky black or a deep navy polish. And a dove gray can add some lightness if you’re looking for that type of mood.
And of course, you can also reach for the nudes and neutrals for a subtle manicure. It’s always a timeless look. Plus, if you’re not used to having color on your nails, it’s a good place to start.
The L.A.-girl urge to load up on puffer jackets every winter is strong. This may be because winter fashion is heavily inclined toward heavy coats and jackets meant for subzero temperatures, and they just look so cozy. Can you blame us for wanting in?
However, after several years of living between New York and L.A., I noticed I only actually wear a handful of jackets when I’m on the West Coast. There’s no need to force a fur-coat moment when a beach day is also a viable option. Save the puffers for skiing or your trips east, and stick to the below 32 lightweight jackets to keep you more than toasty through the mild winters in L.A., Miami, and the like.
Between bombers, denim, moto jackets, and very fashion cropped numbers, there are so many good options that you won’t envy your East Coast friends and their puffers again. I promise.
We know by now the never ending struggle that comes with shopping for clothes as a curvy woman. It turns out, particularly when it comes to jeans, the hunt isn’t particularly easy if you’re, say, 5’3″ or shorter, either. Put these two together (read: if you’re both short and curvy), shopping for jeans can easily lean more toward pull-your-hair-out stressful than it does fun.
With a number of denim trends buzzing on the market right now, we know you don’t want to sit this one out, so we’re doing what we do best—making shopping as easy as it can possibly be with a hefty roundup. And because shopping online can oftentimes be finicky, we’re going by what matters most: reviews (we know consumers tell it like it is when it comes to denim).
We looked everywhere from Nordstrom to Levi’s, and according to shoppers just like you, these are the 23 jeans that worked out the best.
I’ll admit it: I have been stalking the Who What Wear Collection site since its launch this summer. Nearly every item somehow meets one of my wardrobe needs and feels like a timeless investment piece that I’ll be happy to reach for in five or even 10 years. I am always surprised at the continued fire coming from the collection, and the winter pieces are no exception. In other words, they do not disappoint. The collection truly has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a festive-occasion dress, a super-current, relaxed-fit blazer, a wearable shearling coat, or all the trendy basics you’ll ever need.
Since I had the time today, I scrolled through the entire Who What Wear Collection and picked out the best pieces that will be making it on my wish list, aka all the fashion I hope to manifest this year. Keep scrolling to see what made my list, and check out all the fashion person–approved outfits to give yourself a head start on styling ideas.
Let’s talk lingerie trends. Currently on deck for 2021 are a few fresh styles I’m personally excited about, such as boy shorts and boxers. But if classic staples are more your speed or you’re just curious about the lingerie items that will stand the test of time, look no further than lace pieces. Lace lingerie, specifically lace underwear, is one of those items I’m convinced will never go “out” no matter how many trend reports may come and go. It’s more of a basic, but a delightful and delicate basic at that.
Right now, I’m all about updating those “special basics” throughout my closet. I have my eye on a number of pretty lace pieces that I think will make great additions to my top drawer. The only hitch is that there are a dizzying number of options out there. Search “lace underwear” into any retailer’s search bar, and I guarantee you’ll be flooded with a ton of hits, so I’m streamlining the process and highlighting the prettiest pieces in every underwear type, from thongs to briefs to boy shorts. Scroll down to shop the best lace underwear in every category.
I don’t know about y’all, but my skin has been drier than usual this year—especially my hands. No matter how much hand cream I slather on, it never seems to be enough, and my cuticles and nails are suffering the consequences. (Yes, my nail beds suck.) And even though this happens to some degree every winter, it seems to be worse than ever this year.
“Hands become more prone to dryness in the winter due to the lack of moisture in the air,” explains Dendy Engelman, MD, FACMS, FAAD, board-certified cosmetic dermatologist and Mohs surgeon at the Shafer Clinic in New York City. “When the temperature begins to drop, the air becomes drier and harsher, which in turn weakens the skin barrier and pulls moisture from vulnerable skin. This often leads to dry, flaking, cracked hands.” And thanks to all of the additional safety measures we’re taking during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our hands are losing even more moisture than usual. From washing our hands more often to all that sanitizer, they need more TLC than ever.
Below, Engelman shares her tips to help combat all these factors for soft, hydrated hands 365 days a year.
First and foremost, actually use all those hand creams you stocked up on. “Applying moisturizer to your hands throughout the day, especially after washing, will not only help soothe dryness but also prevent it from occurring in the first place,” explains Engelman.
If hand cream just isn’t cutting it, consider a mask. “Overnight hand masks are a great way to treat dry hands,” says the derm. “You can do this at home by applying rich, more occlusive creams or ointments (look for ingredients like shea butter, hyaluronic acid and ceramides) then covering them with gloves or socks while you sleep.”
The dermatologist also recommends using a humidifier to control the moisture levels in your air. “During the winter months, the air is very dry both outside and inside your living spaces,” says Engelman. “Running a clean humidifier like the Canopy Humidifier improves the quality of your skin and makes your home a more comfortable place to be by adding moisture into the air and keeping your space at an optimal humidity level (40% to 60%).”
Depending on how cold it is where you live, you might not need a reminder, but just in case: “Because we are always using our hands, the skin of our hands is some of the most exposed on our whole bodies and, as a result, tends to suffer the most in winter,” says Engelman. “Washing your hands frequently can also strip your hands of their natural oils, worsening dryness. Gloves are a great way to mitigate damage.”
Like the skin on the rest of our bodies, our hands benefit from gentle exfoliation. Just be careful not to overdo it: If you get regular manicures, you might already be getting scrubbed down enough—so listen to your skin, and only exfoliate when you need to
Everyone who knows me knows that I am somewhat of a knitwear hoarder. I’ve been known to wear nothing else between the months of October and April, so I’m definitely a bit of an expert at discovering the coolest knits each season. My most recent obsession? Mock-neck sweaters—and for good reason.
I actually can’t think of a time when wearing a mock-neck sweater wouldn’t be a good idea. They always work beautifully as a base layer under my selection of warm puffer coats thanks to the fact that their collars have a bit of a lower rise when compared to a traditional turtleneck. They also look great worn over a thin ribbed turtleneck for added warmth when it gets really cold.
If you’re ready to bundle up in a few of the coziest sweaters imaginable, keep scrolling for 30 of the best mock-neck sweaters out there.
If you read Who What Wear on the reg, you know that lately there has been a seemingly endless string of “complicated” lingerie trend to try out. While I’m all for experimenting with the most out-there trends and generally embrace being “extra,” there’s still one part of my wardrobe that likes to stick to the classics, and that’s my lingerie drawer. No matter which bra and underwear styles I come across while shopping, I always find myself gravitating toward classic lingerie trends over fleeting ones. (Yes, underwear styles go through the same trend cycles as clothes and shoes do.)
To find out which lingerie trends are virtually immortal, I reached out to a person who knows about lingerie probably better than anyone: Victoria’s Secret Angel Martha Hunt. Between walking the in VS Fashion Show and modeling for the brand nonstop, she’s seen and tested out her fair share of lingerie trends, and she shared with me which six she thinks will always be in style. From the everlasting prints to the colors and materials to stock up on, keep reading to find out which lingerie trends will really never die, according to Hunt.
“Whether you are showing off your bra straps or pajama dressing, I think showing off your lingerie will never go out of style.”
“They’re so versatile. You can wear them under sheer dresses, jeans, blazers. There are so many different ways you can style a bodysuit. They’ll never go out of style.”
“Whether it is animal print or polka dots, prints in lingerie will always be in style. VS has printed pj pants and panties that I love!”
“It doesn’t matter if it is a lace bodysuit or lace trim on a bra. Lace is so classic to lingerie.”
“Colorful lingerie will never go out of style. It is an easy way to refresh your wardrobe each season.”
“Embellishments on lingerie, such as shine details or studs—these details make your lingerie exciting to wear and show off.”
In the fast-paced fashion industry, it can often feel like there’s a glaring lens always refocusing on what’s youthful and new. But here at Who What Wear, we’re inspired by women of every age, which is why we figured it was high time to give a few of our favorite over-50 trendsetters a little love. These bloggers and Instagram stars have carved their own niches by staying true to their unique senses of style and by mixing trends with styles they’ve kept in their arsenals over time.
While these eight style makers are by no means the only older women who can teach us a thing or two about style (hello, Iris Apfel), following along in their fashion journeys has taught us a thing or two about our own fashion inclinations. Just take one peek at these eight awesome trendsetters, and you’ll see what we mean. Read on for a look at eight inspiring women and then shop pieces for women of every age.