Winter Style: Fashionably Warm

With temperatures outside dropping, the fashion forecast is calling for luxuriously soft wraps, supple (waterproof) suede boots and other hip accessories designed to combat the cold.

Photo by laura petrilla

Give ’Em the Boot
These black waterproof kicks from Jon Josef ($245), available at Footloose Shadyside, blend fashion with function. Made from a stretchy suede designed to accommodate calves of all sizes, the on-trend pointy-toe boots have a chunky two-inch heel, plus a rubber sole to prevent any sidewalk — or fashion — slips.  (Footloose Shadyside, 5411 Walnut St., Shadyside; 412/687-3663,

Cape Crusaders
Be a style superhero in a glamorous plaid Pia Rossini cape ($128) from One Brilliant. The ultra-soft wrap in navy and red with a boho fringe is versatile …  Wear it with wellies. Wear it with high-heeled boots. Wear it everywhere.  (One Brilliant, 12 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall; 412/781-3443,

Furry Finery
Help your four-legged friend brave the elements while still looking suave in these pullovers (prices range from $38 to $64) by Canada Pooch, available at Petagogy. The dapper doggie wear comes with rustic buttons, leather accent patches (including an emblem in the shape of a paw, naturally) and even zippered pockets. Good dog!  (Petagogy, 5880 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside; 412/362-7387,

That’s a Wrap
Finish off your winter ensemble — and keep your neck really warm — with this faux fur Ted Baker scarf ($165) in black from One Brilliant. The glam topper by the London-based design house is lined with a sophisticated printed silk. Drape it across your shoulders to create the ultimate sensation of luxury and warmth. You may not want to take it off when the snow stops flying — and we wouldn’t blame you. –– JS


photo by alison mish


Winter Weddings
June may be the most popular month for a wedding, but there’s beauty to be found in the winter months, as local couple Corinne Barton and Brandon Pfaff can attest. “It made for a trying day, but it made for gorgeous pictures,” Corinne says of her wedding on Jan. 23. Heavy snow prevented some out-of-town guests from attending, and the couple decided not to travel to South Park Township, her husband’s hometown, for photos, but otherwise Corinne says the snow made for a calm, pleasant atmosphere. The decision also made sense from one logistical standpoint — her family owns Barton’s Flower and Bake Shop in Elizabeth Borough, and the off-season wedding was easier on everyone involved. Her advice to anyone planning a winter wedding? “Boots and coats,” she says. “My mom purchased all of the bridesmaids’ winter blanket shawls, and she purchased a white shawl for me. Those were kind of lifesavers.” –– LD