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December 6, 2016

4 Casual Holiday Looks for Laidback Days & Nights

This week’s Clothes & Conversation, “ Cozy Holiday Downtime Dressing: Balance Comfort & Festive Style” ”, outlined the 4 types of outfits you need to comfortably dress for some well-deserved holiday downtime that is coming your way. Whether you like to hit the movie theaters, have big family dinners at home, or just plan on lounging around the fire, our Finds are all about mixing modern style and comfort. So, you can go back for seconds all week long and still feel good in your clothes.
If you like something, just click on the “Shop It” button to buy it from our suggested retailer. And let us know what you think through the comments section below and on social media. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered. Happy Holidays!
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Two by Vince Camuto - Exposed Seam Cowlneck Pullover Top
Exposed Seam Cowlneck Pullover Top
Two by Vince Camuto
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Why is it a Find? This whole look screams “home for the holidays”. It is perfect when you’re running from the car into the mall or the movies, or going for a casual meal in town. Without the jacket, the sleeveless cowl neck sweater looks great on its own. The textured knit creates a wintery feel, but it’s made of a cotton blend so it’s not too heavy or bulky if you’re cooking or sitting by the fire.
Wear it with: We’re sending you to a very similar cowl neck tunic through the ‘shop it’ button (the one shown just sold out), and it pairs perfectly with the open, chunky knit jacket shown, and your favorite leggings or skinny jeans. You can even layer it over a long-sleeved tee.
Fit Tip: It runs true to size, in XS-XL for a relaxed and easy fit that won’t cling. The side slits at the hem and longer back hem ensure coverage and no cling.
Alternatives: For a long sleeve version, we love Joie's versatile vibrant red sweater that can be worn on or off the shoulder.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Neiman-Marcus-Cashmere-Collection-Cashmere-Regular-Pant-Basic-Zip-Jacket/prod193610026/p.prod Neiman Marcus Collection - Cashmere Zip-Front Jacket
Neiman Marcus Collection - Cashmere Zip-Front Jacket
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Neiman Marcus Collection - Cashmere Zip-Front Jacket
Cashmere Zip-Front Jacket
Neiman Marcus Collection
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Hangin’ at Home.
Why is it a Find? Relaxing at home, decorating, baking, watching movies…whatever you’re doing, comfort is key. And do it in style this season. Comfy sweats have never been more luxurious than they are right now, thanks to the athleisure trend. This zip-up is sumptuously soft and cozy, in pure 100% cashmere from Neiman Marcus.
Wear it with: The perfectly "right" way to do a sweat suit, pair this amazingly luxe zip up with the coordinating pull-on pants we’re showing below. And it’s a great cardigan replacement with jeans or any casual pants.
Fit Tip: In XS-XL, this cashmere zip-up has a modern fit. In your normal size, it shouldn’t be too oversized, and will comfortably fit a long-sleeve tee underneath with room to breath (and sneak an extra cookie or two).
Alternatives: There are some amazing colors to choose from through the ‘shop it’ button. They also offer a short-sleeve hooded version if you get warm easily, and a stylishly cozy take on a hoodie pullover that is the ideal tunic length for leggings. Or, make it easy and just buy this whole set – a great value for 3 cashmere pieces. Neiman’s isn’t the only retailer who got in on cashmere loungewear/sweats. Everlane – known for their amazing, transparency pricing by only selling online to get the best values for their customers – has some seriously soft and lofty pieces of their own, like this chunky and loose-fitting ribbed cashmere crew and this ribbed, mid-thigh length open cardigan. They all coordinate with the bottoms below.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/rib-wide-l-s-crew/4083402?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=RUSSET Enza Costa - Rib Knit Crewneck Jersey Top
Enza Costa - Rib Knit Crewneck Jersey Top
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Enza Costa - Rib Knit Crewneck Jersey Top
Rib Knit Crewneck Jersey Top
Enza Costa
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Why is it a Find? The perfect tee that doesn’t cling across the middle is a holiday time necessity, and also layers wonderfully under the zip jacket featured in this outfit. This one from Enza Costa, known for their beautifully-made knits, is one of our favorites. The easy crewneck and slightly a-lined silhouette drapes to perfection, thanks to the silky, insanely soft ribbed fabric that is light and airy.
Wear it with: Under a jacket or cardigan, as shown, is just one of the many ways to wear this tee. The fabric is definitely luxe enough to wear on its own and the cut looks great with skinny pants or boyfriend jeans.
Fit Tip: In XS-L, Enza Costa has a contemporary fit, but this tee is cut with an easier fit so it will effortlessly skim the body in your normal size.
Alternatives: There are additional neutral color options through the ‘shop it’ button. If you prefer a v-neck, James Perse has the answer in a soft textured slub cotton. For a truly relaxed fit, Eileen Fisher’s crewneck tee never disappoints. And if you want to stock up on more than one color, Madewell’s version has an easy, modern fit – and even easier price.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Neiman-Marcus-Cashmere-Collection-Cashmere-Regular-Pant-V-Neck-Top/prod193690013/p.prod?focusProductId=prod191760029&icid=&searchType=MAIN&rte=%2Fsearch.jsp%3Ffrom%3DbrSearch%26request_type%3Dsearch%26search_type%3Dkeyword%26q%3Dcashmere+lounge+pants&eItemId=prod191760029 Neiman Marcus Collection - Cashmere Regular Lounge Pants
Neiman Marcus Collection - Cashmere Regular Lounge Pants
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Neiman Marcus Collection - Cashmere Regular Lounge Pants
Cashmere Regular Lounge Pants
Neiman Marcus Collection
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Why is it a Find? Complete wrapping yourself in cashmere with these wonderful lounge pants. The perfect blend of sweats, pajamas, and luxe high quality pants, Neiman Marcus uses their 100% cashmere for softness that will put your favorite sweats to shame. Lounge in style, and have no fear of unexpected guests stopping by.
Wear it with: You can choose the look we’re showing here, with the coordinating zip up above, or wear them on their own with most any top. A plaid or denim button down, turtleneck or crewneck sweater, and sneakers or ankle boots will create a perfectly casual look. These easy pants can even dress up with a silky tunic and pretty ballet flats
Fit Tip: In XS-XL, they have a modern fit. The waistband has a nice width and isn’t too tight so it won’t dig in or create muffin top. The cashmere is thick enough to create a smooth line without clinging to any wobbly bits, and it doesn’t easily pill.
Alternatives: For a stylishly modern alternative, Neiman Marcus also offers a true jogger style with banded ankles in the same comfortable fit. We offered some amazingly-priced Everlane alternatives to the zip-up above, and their cashmere sweatpants are the perfect bottom for any of them (or any plaid shirt or cozy top you already have). They have a modern fit that is relaxed and not too trim with a mid-rise and tapered leg that is just made for lounging.
http://www.zappos.com/yosi-samra-sandrine-tweed-smoke Yosi Samra - Sandrine Tweed
Yosi Samra - Sandrine Tweed
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Yosi Samra
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Why is it a Find? As comfy as slippers, these Yosi Samra ballet flats are made of a pretty tweed that has a touch of metallic threading for a little holiday fun. The super flexible pieced rubber soles are not only comfortable, they are ideal for both indoor and outdoor wear (assuming it’s not too icy out). They also make these flats easy to pack without taking up much room in your suitcase.
Wear it with: From casual loungewear, as we’re showing in this outfit, to leggings or jeans or a pretty pair of wide leg pants, these ballet flats add just the right sparkle to all of your casual outfits.
Fit Tip: These come in whole sizes only, so size up if you usually wear a ½ size. You can see them on here.
Alternatives: If you prefer shoes with a little more substance, UGG® slip-on sneakers, made of water-resistant chestnut brown suede, and Splendid’s sale-priced furry trimmed grey or black sneakers are ideal. On the other hand, if you don’t plan on leaving the house, kate spade new york’s velvet slippers complete your lounging-in-luxury look.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/michael-stars-drape-neck-jersey-tunic/4476989 Michael Stars - Drape Neck Jersey Tunic
Michael Stars - Drape Neck Jersey Tunic
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Michael Stars - Drape Neck Jersey Tunic
Drape Neck Jersey Tunic
Michael Stars
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Venturing Out.
Why is it a Find? Michael Stars has nailed it with this perfectly drapey tunic. Seriously. Nailed it. The heathered fabric has just the right nod to holiday relaxation, and the style, well, it’s just awesome. The cowl neck adds some effortless style to the t-shirt fabric and easy, tunic body.
Wear it with: Throw it on with jeans, leggings (as we’re showing here), or slim knit pants. You may also want to layer it over a cami or tank, though it’s not a must for the neckline. And if you want to add a little sparkle, this adorably chic gingerbread man necklace is sure to get you in the holiday mood.
Fit Tip: Michael Stars has been a favorite since we had our retail stores. Most of their knits, like this one, come in One Size Fits Most, and it’s really true - the fit is modern and relaxed. The flowy silhouette is a little longer in the back, and hits just around mid-thigh on most ladies. If you taller, it will still cover your behind; and if you’re shorter, it really isn’t too long on most ladies.
Alternatives: This top comes in an easy grey through the ‘shop it’ button. And since the colors are selling out so fast through the 'shop it' button at Nordstrom, you can find more colors on Michael Stars' own website. Alternatively, Joie’s cowlneck top is the perfect combination of a sweatshirt (the body is made of a cotton terry) and a sweater (with stylish knit trims), in a length that is ideal for leggings with a modern, easy fit. Wilt’s tunic length waffle-knit sweatshirt is another casual option that will give your leggings a really stylish update. And Splendid’s simple v-neck tunic is an easy piece as a layer or on its own.

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Neiman-Marcus-Cashmere-Collection-Long-Cashmere-Duster-Cardigan/prod189780454/p.prod Neiman Marcus Cashmere Collection - Long Cashmere Duster Cardigan
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Neiman Marcus Cashmere Collection - Long Cashmere Duster Cardigan
Long Cashmere Duster Cardigan
Neiman Marcus Cashmere Collection
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Why is it a Find? The perfect cashmere layering sweater is another holiday downtime must. No fuss-no muss, this simple silhouette is another style from Neiman Marcus’ own line of beautifully luxurious 2-ply cashmere. And the sale price will surely seal the deal.
Wear it with: Long and easy without being oversized and bulky, it’s the ideal companion to the loose-fitting tunic featured (to the left) in this outfit. And you’ll be able to throw it on over any of your holiday time outfits, from casual looks to posh pants and a silk blouse with heels.
Fit Tip: The long relaxed fit is available in XS-XL. It will hit mid-thigh to just around the knee, depending on your height, and will accommodate any top underneath – from a light tank top to a bulkier knit.
Alternatives: An easy, open cardigan is a must. Whether you go with the one featured, in any of the pretty colors available through the ‘shop it’ button, this stylish sleeveless option or, this button-up cardigan, make sure you’ve got one to layer up over everything.
https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/fleece-lined-cabeled-leggings?color=001 Tintoretta - Fleece-Lined Cabeled Leggings
Tintoretta - Fleece-Lined Cabeled Leggings
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Tintoretta - Fleece-Lined Cabeled Leggings
Fleece-Lined Cabeled Leggings
Tintoretta
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Why is it a Find? Ladies, we all have a secret place in our hearts for the right black leggings. This pair from Anthropologie has the perfect non-binding waistband and the softest fleece lining, so the cold air won’t blow through. Yet they aren’t bulky, so your thighs still look good and you can comfortably wear them inside. In fact, the ribbed textured creates a really slimming illusion.
Wear it with: The reason we love leggings is because they work with everything. Besides the look we’re putting together here, these leggings are a great staple all winter long. You can wear them with sweater dresses and any of your favorite plaid shirts that you’ll surely be wearing over the holiday season.
Fit Tip: Thanks to their great stretch and absolutely ideal waistband, they truly fit every lady in S/M or M/L. Trust us – and the reviews through the ‘shop it’ button. Even if you are very petite, the S/M will work, and the M/L is just as accommodating for taller ladies.
Alternatives: If you like the comfort of leggings, but want something that will create a more pant-like look, these Sanctuary flared leggings even have faux pockets and amazing stretchy ease.
https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/shearling-bucket-bag Anthropologie - Shearling Bucket Bag
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Shearling Bucket Bag
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Why is it a Find? This shearling and leather drawstring bag from Anthropologie is a true Find. With luxury furs being such a trend, this perfectly-sized bag will steal your heart – and still leave you with plenty of shopping money.
Wear it with: Any time you need a little bag – whether it’s for a day of shopping, a night out, or a travel day, this little charmer will be your go-to all winter long. It dresses up with a night out look and heels, and stays casual with furry lace-up boots and the outfit we’re showing here.
Fit Tip: Through the ‘shop it’ button, you can see an alternative image to get a sense of the length when worn crossbody.
Alternatives: MICHAEL Michael Kors has an equally cozy alternative in a wintery cognac/ivory combination.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-interlude-knit-cuff-top/4471234?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=Metallic Nic+Zoe - Interlude Knit Cuff Top
Nic+Zoe - Interlude Knit Cuff Top
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Interlude Knit Cuff Top
Nic+Zoe
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Extended Family Gathering/Dinner.
Why is it a Find? Over the holidays, there are usually plenty of family and friends get-togethers. And sure, you can go with classic red or green or blue sweaters, but we love this subtly metallic one from Nic+Zoe. It still shows your holiday spirit, but with an air of casual and stylish sophistication – thanks to the amazingly chic cuff details.
Wear it with: The sweater is a perfectly neutral brownish pewter shade, and the furry trim along the wrists is black. That combination gives you plenty of versatility to wear it with charcoal, deep brown, black, denim, or a pop of color in pants or skirts of really any silhouette. In the look we’re showing here, we’re letting it be the star of your outfit with simple slim black pants and chic loafers.
Fit Tip: Nic+Zoe’s modern fit, in sizes XS-XL is a favorite for a reason. It really does flatter every lady – not too trim, so it won’t cling, and it will just gently skim your torso in your normal size. If you’re wondering about those thumb holes during dinner, you don’t need to use them. They’re really just an option for some stylish fun. Just pop your thumbs out, so the cuffs gently scrunch beneath the fur trim. The thumb slits won’t be visible, and it looks just as good.
Alternatives: This sweater comes in all black through the ‘shop it’ button, and we love it just as much. Nic+Zoe also offers a chiffon-trimmed cuff open cardigan that will add that same touch of glam.

https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/knitstees2/pixie/PRD~31090/31090.jsp J.Crew - Pixie Pant
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Pixie Pant
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Why is it a Find? When it comes to pants for any holiday time meal, comfort is just as essential as style. And by comfort, we mean stretch. These J.Crew Pixie pants have just the right amount. The fabric has great weight to it too, so they smooth you out without constricting, and have enough substance that your top doesn’t need to be super long.
Wear it with: They are a staple that go with everything, which also makes them ideal for packing, as they are a basic that you’ll be able to wear with so many things throughout your stay.
Fit Tip: They have a back zip AND elastic waist for a great fit. In J.Crew’s typically modern fit, available in 00-16 and Short lengths, these are a best seller for good reason.
Alternatives: We are featuring the dark charcoal, a nice alternative to black that works with the sweater in this outfit for a slightly more casual feel than black. But they do come in black and navy through the ‘shop it’ button as well. For those Nic+Zoe lovers, their Perfect Ponte pants have a slightly easier fit, with a similar look in Petites - XL. You can also take an edgier approach to this outfit with these charcoal coated stretchy jeans from AG or Sanctuary’s super black coated leggings.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/nadri-holiday-star-drop-earrings/4470040?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=GARNET%20%2F%20SILVER Nadri - Holiday Star Drop Earrings
Nadri - Holiday Star Drop Earrings
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Nadri - Holiday Star Drop Earrings
Holiday Star Drop Earrings
Nadri
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Why is it a Find? The outfit we’ve put together plays with festive fabrics, in colors that will easily work for any fun outing all winter long (including New Year's Eve). So add a pop of holiday cheer with these garnet holiday star earrings.
Wear it with: With the rolled neckline and fur-like cuff trim of the sweater in this look, these earrings are all you need for a finishing touch. They look beautiful with any dress, and add a touch of sparkle to any night out look.
Fit Tip: These earrings have a 1” drop and are 3/8” wide, so they are the perfect size, in that they are dainty enough for a casual look like this, and can still add just the right amount of glam when you dress them up.
Alternatives: These earrings come in some beautiful colors through the ‘shop it’ button. You can also go for a little drama with these deep jewel toned/black drop earrings or keep it simple with these holiday colored studs.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-bray-loafer-women/4433376 Vince - Bray Loafer
Vince - Bray Loafer
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Bray Loafer
Vince
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Why is it a Find? These Vince loafers combine the luxury of velvet with the casually modern silhouette of a smoking slipper – ideal if you are staying home or going out.
Wear it with: Instead of black, these are a deep grey pewter, so they work with both black and brown – as well as navy, every shade of grey, and any color in your wardrobe. While just as neutral and versatile as black, the softer shade of dark grey has a more casual feel that adds a layer of effortless style – ideal for the sweater and pants we’re showing above.
Fit Tip: They run true to size.
Alternatives: If your size is sold out through the ‘shop it’ button, Neiman Marcus carries these great loafers, too. Delman has a timeless suede/patent loafer style that will look just as good, too.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/pj-salvage-print-flannel-pajamas/4437054?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=INDIGO PJ Salvage - Print Flannel Pajamas
PJ Salvage - Print Flannel Pajamas
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PJ Salvage - Print Flannel Pajamas
Print Flannel Pajamas
PJ Salvage
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Mornings/Bedtime.
Why is it a Find? When we want a pair of fun, themed pajamas that are also good quality and super comfortable, PJ Salvage is our resource. And boy, have they outdone themselves this season. With tons of options to choose from through the ‘shop it’ button, we are featuring one of our absolute favorites. Called “Indigo” on Nordstrom’s site, it’s not the navy ground that makes them such a Find. Celebrate Christmas? Check. Celebrate Chanukah? Check. Celebrate both? You have to have these – especially with the 1st night of Chanukah falling on Christmas Eve this year. Click through the ‘shop it’ button and zoom in on the print to see what we mean. “Oy deer”.
Wear it with: Slippers, your glasses, a mug of hot chocolate (or coffee or something spiked)…whatever adds to your comfort, you won’t want to get dressed.
Fit Tip: They have an easy, comfy fit in XS-XL. The bottoms have a non-binding elastic waist, with a 30” inseam on a size M, so the length works on most every lady – long enough for taller ladies and easy to cuff up, if you are Petite. (The length changes by about ½” for each size, up or down.)
Alternatives: PJ Salvage really does cover every whimsical theme you can think of through the ‘shop it’ button. If plaid is your thing, J.Crew is always our go-to resource, with a fabulous mixed red plaid flannel set. And if you want something simple, Splendid’s grey super soft top and pants even has a matching robe.

https://www.amazon.com/Vionic-Womens-Juniper-Shearling-Slipper/dp/B00SLW463G/ref=sr_1_7?th=1 Vionic - Cozy Juniper Moc Toe Shearling Slipper Shoes
Vionic - Cozy Juniper Moc Toe Shearling Slipper Shoes
Why is it a Find? These Vionic slippers have the timeless look of any great pair of warm slippers, but they have a secret. Unlike most slippers, they are made with Orthaheel® technology so they actually have some support, too. The molded footbed ensures you don’t need to sacrifice style for comfort.
Wear it with: Ideal for anything you’ll be wearing around the house – and the rubber sole means you can run out to grab the mail, too.
Fit Tip: These run true to size – go with your normal shoe size to ensure the sole provides maximum support and comfort.
Alternatives: These slippers come in some fun patterns through the ‘shop it’ button, too. J.Crew’s wintery lodge slippers or kate spade new york’s whimsical ‘eat cake for breakfast’ slippers are also great alternatives. If you prefer an open slipper, this one from Vionic is one of “Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2016”
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/barefoot-dreams-cozychic-robe-nordstrom-exclusive/2833517?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=cream%2F%20WHITE Barefoot Dreams® - CozyChic® Robe
Barefoot Dreams® - CozyChic® Robe
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Barefoot Dreams® - CozyChic® Robe
CozyChic® Robe
Barefoot Dreams®
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Why is it a Find? We simply can’t think of a reason every lady shouldn’t own this Barefoot Dreams® robe. There isn’t a softer option out there, and it’s just the perfect weight –whether you get cold easily or not, the plush fabric feels like you’re wrapped in a dream…a Barefoot Dream.
Wear it with: Over your PJ’s or nothing at all, this robe will never disappoint.
Fit Tip: The length is one of the many things we love about this robe. It’s not too long or too short, hitting just about mid-calf on every lady. The fit is well, it’s relaxed – it’s a robe.
Alternatives: There are tons of great color options to choose from through the ‘shop it’ button. Barefoot Dreams® also offers a knee-length, lighter weight version, while Emerson offers a simply adorable shorter version with a Sherpa-lined hood. If you are looking for a full-length version, Natori’s is our top Find. And we can’t help but throw in this plaid terry option to really get into the holiday spirit.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/accessories/socksandtights/PRD~F6919/F6919.jsp J.Crew - Authentic Camp Socks
J.Crew - Authentic Camp Socks
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J.Crew - Authentic Camp Socks
Authentic Camp Socks
J.Crew
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Why is it a Find? In addition to the perfect slippers, a cozy pair of socks for lounging is a must. J.Crew’s camp socks are simply the best. Made of cotton, they are heavy enough to keep your feet warm, without getting too hot or itchy.
Wear it with: Not only are they great for padding around the house, they are just right with boots when your venture out.
Alternatives: They also come in some additional colors through the ‘shop it’ button.
 

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