In Boston, style is often forgone to cope with below freezing temperatures, uneven sidewalks, and long commutes. Even as spring starts to blossom, a Boston lady has to know how to deal with a sudden drop in temperature or torrential downpour at any moment. I think there are many lessons to be learned from a Boston girl’s savvy commuter style that can work for any city girl.
Inspired by the classic row-houses of Beacon Hill, photographer Lorna Stell helps showcase four simple tips for dressing stylishly (and comfortably) for the city commute.
1) The Trench Coat
An important basic for any commuter’s wardrobe is a classic trench coat. The tan color matches everything and the material helps shield you from wind and rain throughout the spring season. Today the classic trench—originally introduced in England by Burberry—has been adapted by many stores and is easy to find for any budget. The pleated trench modeled in this shoot is from H&M for under $100.
2) Add a “Pop” Piece
Give your outfit a focal point by adding a pop of color and/or pattern. Having a focal point will help emphasize certain areas of your figure and can give your outfit a flattering shape. A pop piece will also give your basics a new look and feel so that you can wear them for different occasions without it being noticeable. Here I added a green dress from Anthropologie to give the classic trench a pop of color.
3) Safety in Layers
During the long winter months in Boston it can be easy to forget about the cute dresses and skirts in your closet. Although it is starting to warm up, often times wind and rain will stop the dresses from leaving storage. Sweater stockings provide a necessary extra layer to help ease the transition. Pictured here are sweater stockings from Hue. We recommend every wardrobe contains at least four neutral pairs for the most versatile use (black, white, brown/tan, and grey).
4) Comfortable and cute footwear
When it comes to footwear I do not agree wholeheartedly with the saying “style over comfort.” For most girls, I recommend heels with a low to mid height and thicker heel. When buying shoes make sure to always keep in mind the uneven sidewalks and how you are going to feel walking on them throughout the day. Style and comfort need to meet somewhere in the middle and neither should be completely disregarded. A 5 inch stiletto may look amazing in a photo but it will not look good if you are stumbling around throughout the day. The best accessory for any outfit is confidence and shoes should be worn with it! I am particularly fond of these nude and black Franco Sarto heels, pictured above.