Is it just me, or did the weather go from hot-as-all-hell to freezing over the long Thanksgiving weekend? Maybe it was because I barely left the house after stuffing myself so full of turkey that I didn't notice the shift, but I was walking (yes, outdoor! *gasp!*) in Brentwood the other day and I realized that, for the first time in a long time that hasn't been AC-induced, I was cold. Though my friends in colder places are probably cursing my existence because they would trade their first-borns for 65-degree weather (and are probably laughing at the idea of this being "cold"), I'm joyfully whipping out my sweaters and bringing my one, sad, lonely coat to the forefront of my overly crowded closet. Just as seasons past, I definitely have a go-to uniform for the winter months that usually consists of jeans, OTK boots or booties, a leather jacket, and a ridiculously cozy sweater. And while I'm a fan of all things cashmere, this season, I'm a loyalist to two styles in particular that I just received courtesy of Grana.
In case you were unaware, Grana launched in 2013 with the goal of providing quality essentials from beautiful fabrics at reasonable prices. Their ultra-cool sweaters are totally obsession-worthy, in classic yet modern cuts that definitely appeal to my often simple-yet-trendy style aesthetic. I'm currently in love with everything from their Mongolian Cashmere collection, which sources all of the cashmere from Inner Mongolia. They then carefully comb, scour, dehair and spin the cashmere to create this soft, ultra-fine material that makes for beautiful (and not itchy!) sweaters. And since I'm on a mission to find new, investment-worthy brands that are a far cry from fast fashion (and share them with you), I really identify with the brand's transparency and explanation of their sourcing and production practices (they literally tell you all about their goats!). Grana's simple but on-trend styles are great, easy pieces to mix-and-match for your everyday looks or holiday attire; since their cashmere is substantive but still lightweight, it's also ideal for layering. Their pieces also make great holiday gifts for the special people in your life without breaking the bank (we know your mom wants this $70 cashmere scarf). Below, my two favorite styles from the Mongolian Cashmere collection that I can't get enough of!
The Camel V-Neck
This season, I'm nursing a bit of an obsession with camel. Chalk it up to my love of all things neutral (grays, blacks, navy, and burgundy pretty much make up my entire closet), but my list of must-haves for winter also includes a camel coat and camel crossbody. Thankfully, Grana is indulging this newfound need with this classic boyfriend V-neck sweater in a blush camel hue. Its relaxed fit is a great match for my laid-back style, not to mention allows for an easy half-tuck (which, you've probably realized, I do all the time), while the V-neck is definitely preferable to me for the elongation factor. Paired with my go-to black jeans, OTK boots, a suede coat, and some burgundy accessories, it's as easy and comfortable for an everyday look as it is when I pair it with cozy leggings for lounging about the house. Current favorite color + classic, chic style that fits everyone = wearing this everyday.
The Gray Turtleneck
Although camel sweaters are a relatively new infatuation, the gray turtleneck is one of my longtime loves. Add in a relaxed fit and side splits and I'm THERE. Another style that is easy for tucking, layering, or wearing over a pair of jeans/leggings, it's also one of my favorite looks to dress up for the holidays. Turtlenecks are often underestimated for their evening potential, conceived instead as an accompaniment to jeans or loungewear. But when paired with an embellished skirt, sleek coat, and some statement heels, the turtleneck is a surprisingly chic addition to your party outfit. I love this one in particular for its slouchy appeal, which lends my dressy attire some much-needed comfort and an air of ease when I don't want to look too "done up." It's a must-have for the season because of this incredible versatility, and I plan to wear my cashmere boyfriend turtleneck with everything I own. And guess what? Use the code "MARISSAxGRANA" to receive10% off + free shipping worldwide until the end of December!