Living in the city, and with just one car between Brian and I, I spend a lot of time commuting to and from work either by foot or by public transit. Over the years I’ve learned that it’s while it’s important to be practical, especially during winter, I also want to try to look somewhat presentable when I get to work. In light of that, here are a few tips on what I like to wear to help make sure my commute is as effortless and comfortable as it can be, while still maintaining a level of personal style.
A sleek, warm, packable layer | In previous years, I’ve always found myself getting super cold during the winter but this year I realized I simply wasn’t layering wisely enough. I invested in a thin, packable down jacket this winter, and I now don’t know what I would do without one in my wardrobe. I wear mine on its own during milder days or as a layer underneath my favourite wool coat for warmth that isn’t bulky. I like that this one looks great on its own and is stylish in its own right, but is also super useful.
Non-slip footwear | I slipped and fell three times in the ice last winter, and needless to say that wasn’t fun. At the beginning of fall this past year I smartened up and got grippy rubber soles added to these Everlane boots, and they’re now my go-to commuting shoes. It wasn’t cheap – it cost around $80 – but I love that these stylish booties are now practical too because of the updated sole. I’m a big believer in repairing, mending, and upgrading your garments and shoes especially when they’re high quality and will last for years.
Cozy accessories | Warm, cozy accessories for your extremities are definitely musts when the wind picks up – I’m convinced they’ve been key in staying healthy and not catching a cold while commuting. Acne Studios makes my favourite winter accessories, since they’re really high quality, classic, and inject a subtle element of style into a look. The price point is definitely on the higher end, but I’ve worn my two Canada scarves almost every single day for the past two winters and they’ve held up so beautifully – no pilling or wearing, and the look just as good as they did on day one. I’m also considering adding a pair of texting gloves to the mix for full mobility on the coldest winter days.
Streamlined storage | As much as I love my half moon bag, it’s obviously less than ideal for commuting when I’m lugging around a laptop, my lunch, and maybe an extra change of clothes for a post 9 to 5 event or workout. I’ll still occasionally use a black leather tote when I need to dress up a bit and carry a lot, but for the most part I’ve been the most drawn to my simple black backpack. Having even weight distribution on your shoulders is pretty darn underrated, and this one from Everlane makes me feel put together instead of like a kid going to school because of its minimal, sleek design.
If you’re a commuter, do you have any tips on how to do it effortlessly and stylishly?
Jacket | Muji (found the shorter version here, but the longer one may still be in stores)
Sweater | Vince
Denim | L’AGENCE (my favourite skinnies – they come in lots of colours!)
Boots | Everlane
Backpack | Everlane (also comes in a lovely dipped leather version)
Toque | Club Monaco
Scarf | Acne Studios