Fall to winter women’s fashions for Breckenridge, Summit County
October 17, 2014
Temperatures are dropping, aspen leaves are falling, and it's time to swap out your summer wardrobe. Fall fashion calls for warm, cozy, effortless pieces. We hit up some local shops in search of pieces that are both comfortable and chic. It's easy to fall into the pattern of wearing your yoga pants and furry boots to the grocery store, happy hour and everywhere in between. But in an effort to keep things functional and stylish this season, we found some beautiful pieces that will keep you looking a bit more polished.
KEEP ARMS WARM
Growing up, we all loved leg warmers — an easy way to keep your legs warm while still rocking your tutu. This same concept has been applied to the Wing Arm Warmers from Pavepara ($40, http://www.pavepara.com). These silky, lightweight sleeves have been created with activity in mind. Designed with a "no-pinch cuff that stays in place without pudge," these wings are perfect to wear with a tank top during yoga, running, rock climbing, etc. While they work perfectly for regulating your temperature during exercise, they also act as the perfect summer to fall accessory.
Available in raven black, lavender, lupine and granite, these sleek sleeves turn your favorite summer dress into a fall weather appropriate ensemble. The thin fabric allows them to be worn over a fitted top, under a looser one or alone with a tank. Designed by Boulder resident Chance Poe, these "wings" do more than enhance your outfit; 2 percent of profits from all Pavepara products goes to Bird Conservation. Poe's love of birds inspired the line, and her commitment to sustainable materials and U.S. production keeps the company soaring.
Every Colorado gal should have a pair of cowgirl boots. They're durable, functional and effortless. From classic to contemporary, knee-high to ankle booties and everywhere between, you're bound to find a pair that perfectly matches your style at Slopeside Cowboy on Main Street in Breckenridge (http://www.slopesidecowboy.com). They carry more than a dozen different brands, ranging from tame traditional Western work boots to over-the-top, fringe-tastic fashion creations.
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We dig the Sundance Boots from Ariat ($239.35, http://www.ariat.com). These classic-cut beauties have lovely stitched detailing in fall tones with turquoise accents. Wear them with leggings or tights in the fall and jeans in the winter.
DON'T UNDERESTIMATE EDDIE
If it was good enough for the first Mount Everest ascent team, it's good enough for me. While Eddie Bauer may not be a Colorado brand, it's been outfitting Summit County folks for decades. Established in 1920, the company's apparel was worn by mountaineer Jim Whittaker during the first American ascent on Mount Everest in 1963, and the brand has been producing reliable, high-performance gear ever since.
With the introduction of their new Travex line, effortless fashion takes on a whole new meaning. These wrinkle-resistant, moisture-wicking, antimicrobial garments are perfect for mini adventures or everyday romps. We're swooning over the Voyager Pants, Revers-Atility Hoodie and the Micro-Striped Wrap Dress.
Our favorite everyday piece is the Aster Convertible skirt in Dark Smoke ($60, http://www.eddiebauer.com). The soft and flowy skirt is universally flattering, and the scrunched waistband can be pulled up to convert to a chic bandeau dress. Keep it as a skirt and pair it with this classic long-sleeve denim shirt from Eddie Bauer ($70, http://www.eddiebauer.com), or rock it as a bandeau dress with your Pavepara wings for a night out on the town.
MAKE A STATEMENT
The simplest way to elevate a casual outfit is by accessorizing. A statement piece can completely change the vibe of an ensemble. Bronwen jewelry is all about making a statement. Founder and designer Bronwen Lodato's passion for jewelry began in her childhood and carried into her college years at the University of Colorado, Boulder. An avid rock climber and expedition leader, she realized that there weren't any "active jewelry" options available — jewelry that was rugged enough to wear during climbing or other activities — and the concept for her jewelry line was conceived.
She now has a full line of necklaces and bracelets that are feminine and stylish yet sturdy. The pieces are handmade in America using durable, water-friendly materials that are meant to last. We love the Waterweave Bangle in Aqua ($49, http://www.bronwenonline.com). This delicate looking bracelet is adjustable, comfortable and adds the perfect pop of color. It's interesting enough to wear on it's own and slim enough to wear stacked with other bracelets.
We love pairing it with the Thai Diamond Fringe bracelet in Charcoal ($69, http://www.bronwenonline.com). This soft and buttery suede feels like the perfect stylistic marriage of Wild West meets modern. Adjust the fringe length by wrapping it around your wrist one to three times, or wear it as a choker necklace with the fringe in front or back.
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