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OOTD: My Go-To Winter Color Palette + ON Shopping Tips

January 22, 2014

So often during the winter, I find myself wearing the same exact colors. This winter my main ones are deep reds, grays of various shades, and black (and I should probably add “electric blue” to the list as well). I have various tops and bottoms in these colors, and I can mix them around quite easily. When I’m getting ready at 5:30 in the morning, easy isย exactly what I want. Luckily, I was able to stock up on many interchangeable pieces from Old Navy before the holidays, and I thought I’d share my fit/buying tips with this outfit.


As much as Old Navy can get on my nerves with not having plus sizes in store and not having the same sales in plus size as elsewhere, they still carry pants that fit me well, so I am pretty much at their will when they come out with new styles/colors. This color was offered in the fall as part of their skinny pant style, but now they have a similar style called “pixie ankle pants” that have the same shape and come in various colors and prints (I recently picked up the “Goodnight Nora” color and love it). Old Navy’s sizing can be all over the place, and I know their pants don’t fit everyone well, but I pretty consistently need to buy 1 size higher than the size I wear elsewhere when it comes to pants.


Evans faux leather jacket (similar), Old Navy sweater, Old Navy pants (similar)

I very rarely buy tops from Old Navy’s plus size section because I often don’t care for the style, but I have had a lot of luck in their Women’s Tall section. Their Tall fit has an extra 1/2″ across shoulders, a lower waist position, and a longer length: all things that work well for my body shape (I’m 5’4″ with a long torso). I’ve only bought sweaters and knit tops (no woven) in their XXL Tall, and so far all of them have fit really well. I definitely recommend trying it out, especially since these styles are more on par with the selection provided in store.

One last note, never, ever buy from Old Navy without a promo code! They MAYBE have 10 days of the year where there is not a promo code. Give it a couple days and one will come up. I pretty much wait until the code is in the 30-40% range because those codes come up so often. ON always has the code at the top of their website, so it’s easy to locate.

Do you have a winter color palette? Any other Old Navy shopping tips you’d suggest?

P.S. is anyone bothered that I had two themes going on in one post? I feel a little all over the place ๐Ÿ™‚

20 Comments leave one →
  1. January 22, 2014 4:16 pm

    It’s so difficult for me to order clothes from the plus section on ON because I feel like they’re all over the place. I have one pair of pants that fits like a glove, another in the same size that is prohibitively small and then a dress in the same size that is overwhelming with how enormous it is. But Old Navy is affordable and so I tend to gamble with it from time to time. But I do like you and just order from the Tall section. Things are a little more reliable in that department.
    I’m loving those pants on you!

    • January 22, 2014 7:55 pm

      Yea, once I find a style that fits, I’ll continue buying. I’m always a little hesitant though when I try a new pant cut or jean.

  2. January 22, 2014 4:23 pm

    Simple but stylish! I like it! The pants, are they normal length? Uhm, do the go “all the way down” to the feet? I’m curious, since you have a hem(fold?) on the picture – and that’s a no-go in winter-freeze-Norway haha! ๐Ÿ˜€ (I hope this makes sence, I’m crap at explaining things in anything else than Norwegian! ๐Ÿ˜€ )

    • January 22, 2014 4:24 pm

      Haha ๐Ÿ™‚ yes they go all the way down. They don’t fit as close to the ankle as I like though. Probably should get them tailored but I’m lazy ๐Ÿ™‚

      • January 22, 2014 4:36 pm

        Ha, thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€ Then I’ll try ON’s pants! Can I ask if it’s size 30? Don’t bother with the tailor – they look awesome like this! I wish I could do that all the time but in -10 degrees Celcius (as it is right now) it’s just stupid ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. January 22, 2014 4:43 pm

    30? I mean 26/28 ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  4. January 22, 2014 4:52 pm

    I usually end up wearing drab blacks and navies during the winter months as winters here in Toronto are long, cold, and depressing. This year however, by chance I must admit, I had picked up some tops and sweaters on a shopping trip to buffalo actually, in purples and reds. Both of these are colours I usually avoid but I got so many compliments and they felt good on that I wore them more and more. I have to admit that the brighter colours helped raise my spirits and I didn’t feel so blah on a blah day as I looked in the mirror.

    • January 22, 2014 7:56 pm

      That’s great! I’ve been having the opposite lately and have been enjoying wearing all black. Maybe I’m just in a mood ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. January 22, 2014 5:59 pm

    I love your style, I have been stalking/lurking for a while but too shy to comment, but have just started a blog of my own, would be really grateful if you could check it out!

    On a serious note though, I know need a leather jacket, and I love the trousers, I just got some red jeggings but it keeps giving me baggy knees!! xxx

  6. Beth permalink
    January 22, 2014 7:50 pm

    Can you tell me where you find the promo codes from? I really like your style.

    • January 22, 2014 7:51 pm

      Old Navy typically has them as soon as you go to their site, but I also use all of the time to get online promo codes.

      • January 22, 2014 10:18 pm

        You can also sign up for their emails and they’ll send you promo codes (or alert you to good ones).

  7. KEVIN permalink
    January 22, 2014 8:43 pm

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  8. January 22, 2014 10:24 pm

    It’s funny – I usually buy pants from ON a size SMALLER than the ones from LB/Avenue/Catherine’s. I would quit them, due to the no fatties in the store policy, except that their frigging jeans fit like they are tailored to my body and always have. Right now, these are my jam: PLAIN BOOTCUT JEANS. They don’t stretch out too much, they’re exactly the right length and size…I just wish the wash was a little darker.

    In the winter, I tend to wear a lot of bright-colored tights with black….but I mix it up a lot. My wardrobe is such that I probably *could* wear black and gray every day, but I try not to. I actually have a harder time in the summer not defaulting to black. I own way too many black and/or black and white summer dresses, and I’m the opposite seasonal affective disorder girl: summer is my bad season.

  9. Alice permalink
    January 23, 2014 9:20 am

    Hi Rebecca,

    I just wanted to tell you that it is great to see you post more frequently than before (don’t get me wrong, I know you’re super busy so don’t necessarily have the time to blog). I think that deep red is a gorgeous winter colour on you!
    For Winter time, I like greys, navy blue, green, black and white.


  10. January 23, 2014 10:08 am

    I feel like your winter color combo is foolproof. The wine and electric blue throw some color into the mix, and you keep everything grounded and easy to pair with the black and gray. I find myself wearing a lot of black, gray, and navy blue in the winter, but I also like the cooler, downier, wintry colors. I wear a lot of white, cream, gold, blush pink, and icy blues, too.

    And I agree with Alice – I’m so happy to see your face cropping up so frequently on my feed. ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. January 24, 2014 6:05 pm

    I don’t have a specific color palette that I go by. No rhyme or reason to it. However, I tend to go more muted in the winter and have been working on that for the past few years. This winter, I bought 2 pairs of leggings from : One gray and one black by Tallissime. I like them better than the ones I paid $25 for at Lane Bryant (I should just buy stock with the load of money I’ve spent there over the years). . I wear the gray ones with a cute black/emerald green tunic from the same place. Itโ€™s by La Redoute. I wear sparkly gold or black flats. Also, I wear the black ones with a black tunic I bought on ebay. It looks so cute but is comfortable like pajamas. I wore those on days that I just donโ€™t feel like putting much effort into my fashion. My biggest investment this year for winter has been a cute mustard cardigan from Mod Cloth, I’ve been purchasing some cute tops from there that can be worn all year. This adds some color.

    One thing that I started wearing a few years ago was skinny pants. I love them. I bought a pair you had on the other day from Torrid and waiting on them to arrive. I can’t get enough of them.

    I love your blog!

  12. Tracey permalink
    January 28, 2014 12:07 am

    Am in love with burgundy’s and dusty mauves, dark purples, navys with cream (I don’t do white, I look like a marshmallow)

  13. jen permalink
    January 29, 2014 9:02 pm

    rebecca i like your blog very much. been following for a few years now. i am a med student in a continuous style rut and love how you style your outfits. you look really great in the old navy outfits!

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