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West Coast Winter Dresses

Here on the west coast, our winter is mild. We become frigid little beings at a mere 35 degrees… a surely welcomed temperature for those of you braving the Midwest and beyond. We do have to layer, yes… but our layers are a bit lighter and more forgiving. Down parkas and ear muffs aren’t a necessity, though we do love escaping somewhere/anywhere they are (grass is always greener syndrome?). Here I took of my favorite Free People dresses and layered them appropriately for a current California December.

I’ll always love denim on denim. Canadian tuxedo or not… it will be a combo that will forever hold my heart. I paired my beloved Bow & Arrow Henley Dress with a vintage pair of Levi’s and denim trench, along with an old pair of vintage men’s kicker boots that I live in during these cold months. I love this dress as it doubles as a tunic top, and I throw it on with everything. The thicker material adds a bit of insulation, and the print can be paired with just about any ensemble.




The Skyfall Embroidered Dress is another winter dress in heavy rotation. Paired with vegan leather skinnies, a big chunky scarf, and my favorite ankle boots, this is my go-to outfit for work and everyday running around. Colder days I’ll put a tight close layer underneath for warmth. Come evening, I throw on a pair of tights and chunky heels, a little lip stain… and viola, done. Ready in but a minute…




Skyfall Embroidered Dress, Vegan Leather SkinnyAnkle Boots.

This last look is pretty seasonless, but it still manages to keep me cozy in Northern California. As long as I have thick tights and socks, a good hat and layers both over and under this lovely sheer maxi dress… I’m good to go. Easy, loose, flowy… all things that are a must. I’m personally a big fan of shapeless dressing… though my lovely man would love to change my mind on this matter.




We The Free Wonder Woman Top, Lucy Button Front Maxi Slip, Revival Moccasin, Capsule Slouchy Beanie.

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Annejelina -December 12, 2013, 10:40AM

I love layering dresses over pants in the winter time! Thank you Amy for all the great layering tips <3
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jelena -December 12, 2013, 12:26PM

so dreamy!

Ashley -December 12, 2013, 9:45PM

beauty beauty beauty styling styling lass! Makes me smile… love the one with the mini pony – oh, i mean pup – in it. ;)

Eva -December 12, 2013, 11:08PM

Yes, layering is key for the cold. I live in the Catskill Mtns (NY) and it is bitterly cold here. It is all about the layers…I love having fun with layering pieces which would be considered summery into a fall/winter look. For me loose fitting is a must and it has to be a quick easy pull together look, flowy pieces under thick tunic sweaters with tights or ripped jeans, leg warmers, boots, and a beanie is a must. I wear a ridiculous amount of layers but it is so much fun — I do not care what people in my small lil’ village think about me as I walk down main street in my FP get ups!

Anonymous -December 12, 2013, 11:17PM

Amy,I love every pic! You look gorgeous!

Jovi -December 12, 2013, 11:22PM

Babes! The last look is my fav, but you look great in all of them!

Britt -December 13, 2013, 12:34AM

Don’t forget that Washington and Oregon are part of the West Coast too! I think I’d freeze in an outfit like that (no matter how lovely), especially with the 19 degree weather we’ve been having here in the San Juan islands lately. Brrrr.

miss b -December 13, 2013, 2:05AM

You are so right about northern California winters! Essentials being thick leggings, boots, and a warm hat… and a sweatshirt! You are a *total* babe in these pictures!! Really, though…kudos for the awesome fashion post.

Roisin -December 13, 2013, 5:11AM

I love all these outfit. Unfortunately the temperatures on the East Coast of England require about five layers constantly, including when i’m inside my freezing student house :( Definitely going to try out these looks in spring though :)

JuleneTheGypsy -December 13, 2013, 3:46PM

I am in LOVE with the long belted denim jacket in the first picture. Gorgeous!

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Anonymous -December 13, 2013, 9:17PM

love the denim on denim! still rocks in my book too. You look so beautiful and chic in all of these outfits! I’m going to look at that dress in the first picutre, i need it in my closet asap.

Mylene -December 14, 2013, 8:41AM

Oh this black coat with the Skyfall Embroidered Dress!!! Any chance to know where does this coat come from? It fits so perfectly with the dress!! Love it!

women fashion clothing -December 16, 2013, 5:38AM

very beautiful designs……thanks for sharing these designes

Colleen -December 16, 2013, 9:15PM

That’s Refuses to label.. Great looks!. Stylish as always. does this mean, Amy, you are no longer doing your blog?

fp amy -January 16, 2014, 11:00PM

HI Colleen! No… I am still doing Refuses to Label… just not as often. Find me here! Thanks for the love and support. !!

Zoe -January 22, 2014, 6:54PM

Beautiful, I love the second outfit that coat and those sunglasses together are pure poetry. I LOVE that hat in the first outfit, I’ve been looking for a wider flat brim fedora forever, any chance you remember where you bought it?

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