FALL FELL WAY TOO FAST IN ASPEN THIS YEAR - THEY'VE ALREADY BEEN DUMPED ON AND CHILLY GOT COLD AF FAST AF. I'M HEADED BACK TOMORROW AND I'M TERRIFICALLY EXCITED FOR SOME MOUNTAIN AIR.
The longer I stay in Aspen, the more I appreciate a bajillion things like NATURE! and PEACEFULNESS! (wonton things), and - the better I get at packing. I understand the town a bit more now, and have semi-decoded the style. essentially: you can do whatever you want. really. One night you can Mariah Carey yourself in furs and rocks that she got, the next night find a Jane Fonda with Ted Turner on the farm look, and the next you can be a NorthFacing star and bro it up or simmer it down. Whoever you want - most people are too busy judging themselves to hold up a card for you. It's fun!. With that said, here's who I usually want to be when I'm packing for cold weather in Aspen.
This is my everyday coat - grab it for breakfast, a trip to the grocery or the dog park, general bopping around. it's practical and I prefer it to a fancy winter coat because life in the mountains can get dirty and I don't need to be bummed out I got muddy dog paws on my moncler, okurrr?
Alex, let's stay with I bet you thought I'd be fancier category for $200. Answer: this is what Jamie wears almost every day under her coat when it's chills mcbills outside, and it's LIFE-GIVING. What is: this fleece lined hoodie. Correct!!! (I also have this same one in NYC for winter - it's great under a blazer.
Cashmere is fancy, but she warm. I have a few sweaters that stay in Aspen that are great great great for cold days where you're running around, or if you're headed to dinner at a friend's house. Your fancy warmness shines through, and left to no longer worry over freezing, you can be an effervescent dinner guest. cashmeeeeer.
HIGH-RISE SKINNY JEANS
These Madewell jeans live in aspen and are still generally my go-to three years running. they're super-skinny and you want to die putting them on, but once they're there, you are set friends.. they hold everything in, they're highwaisted and perfect with a bodysuit to dinner at even the fanciest place. the length is just right to tuck in boots or wear with a clog and show a little ankle bit. They are also great with big sweaters because then the skinny really kicks in because of, like math, and proportions. science?
Seriously, you will no matter the degrees if you have these. And they're a steal.
NO. 6 BOOTS
I would never say a bad word about these boots because they are extensions of my feet in the winter and I like my feet. (they don't know about the combat boot thing, so sshh.). I love them.
Bodysuits are not for sexual reasons in aspen (I don't know why I think they are at all I guess just b/c they're called bodysuits?) - well, who knows. However, they do serve extremely useful purpose of keeping your shirt tucked in and the cold out. This is the exact one I've had for two seasons. It's black! good quality! is a turtleneck! and has puffy sleeves!
KEYS EYE BUTTER
Stranded on a mountain top with just one cosmetic product (sunscreen doesn't count, in this game), I think I'd pick this eye butter by Keys. My whole body could shrivel from exposure and dehydrations, but if I had this, under my eyes and the tops of my cheeks would shine. then I would take a picture of myself, put it on instagram, and someone would come save me off the stupid hill.
I never knew I was a hat person until I discovered my inner hat person and now I am 100% outwardly a hat person. Get a basic fedora, or a cowboy hat, and then decorate with your own feather!