Winter Investment Pieces

Although pricey, purchasing higher quality pieces that you love and that will last in your closet from season to season will serve you better. VALLEY would like to share some articles of clothing that are versatile, simple and will last through the highs and lows. Simple doesn’t have to mean boring   camel, grey and black are staple colors — but burgundy, red, hunter green, or even mustard can be incorporated if styled correctly. Invest in a couple of basics this season and reap the benefits for years to come.


A big, warm scarf is vital to survive State College’s brutal winter. Invest in a natural fiber scarf that is comfortable to wear — translation: not itchy —  and can easily accentuate all of your favorite outwear. Cashmere is the most popular material for a scarf that will last multiple winters, but these options aren’t your mom’s classic cashmere scarf she gets every holiday season. A chic take on bundled up Randy from “A Christmas Story,” oversized and wide cut scarves are the perfect way to amplify a lazy day outfit.  

Black Leather Boots

Black leather boots are obviously a staple in anyone’s fall or winter wardrobe, but keep in mind certain aspects of the boot so it can last you more than just a couple of months. Acne Studios and rag & bone offer boots that hit your ankle perfectly, have the right heel height, and are comfortable for an entire day of walking. A boot with a man-made sole an a natural leather body will last the longest on Penn State’s icy sidewalks — traction is important.

A Structured Coat

A natural fiber, neutral colored coat is essential for layering as the temperature drops. A wool or cashmere coat adds both structure and warmth to even the most basic of winter ensembles. The style of this coat is casual enough to wear to class but formal enough to go out to dinner in on a chilly night. Look for a coat with a satin, flannel-backed lining to keep you extra cozy.

Classic Sneakers

White leather sneakers have proven their place in every season’s wardrobe. Whether they’re paired with a summer dress or sweatpants and a sweater, white leather sneakers add a casual vibe to any outfit. With such versatility, look for a comfortable pair that will last all year long. Classic Nike Air Force One’s are the choice of most fashion bloggers, but Veja and Opening Ceremony offer a more conservative look. For the complete ’90s dad look, Fila’s popular white Disruptors check all the boxes.

Boyfriend-Style Blazer

An oversized wool blazer replaces your traditional outerwear and gives a polished look to your outfit. This use of a menswear style can give a classic and trendy update to your sweater and jeans combination. & Other Stories and Mango offer the perfect boxy blazers with just the right amount of tailoring and femininity.

Plaid Pants

Plaid pants emerge almost every fall — and for good reason. Warm enough to feel like your favorite sweatpants, they add an relaxed, vintage feel to an outfit. Experiment with fun colors, like red or yellow, and channel your inner Cher Horowitz or try a staple grey or black houndstooth.


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