Vinyl pants are popping up everywhere I look lately. As soon as I saw fellow blogger Tessa Barton in a flashy red pair, I knew I had to get my hands on some of my own. Even though I think Barton’s fire engine red trousers are ah-mazing, I decided a jet black pair would be more practical for my everyday life–and who knows? I may end up loving these so much that I invest in a red pair down the road.

But for now, I’ve been having so much fun styling this black pair, which has zipper details across each leg. It is pretty cold where I currently live in West Virginia (with a mild day here and there), so mainly I’ve been juxtaposing these biker-inspired, structured trousers with chunky knit sweaters and feminine faux furs. Even though they are definitely a statement piece, these bad boys are super versatile; they work well with just about anything. And, yes–they are very comfortable.

Because layering is super important both for keeping warm and for putting together a killer outfit, I find that dainty, lacy camisoles make the perfect finishing touch on this look. Then, I add my go-to black booties for a little height; after all, my legs are definitely the focal point in these pants.

I polished off the ensemble with a couple shiny necklaces, including my rose gold nameplate, and as always, undone hair so it wouldn’t distract from the outfit. When warmer weather rolls in, I know these pants will look totally hot with a vintage t-shirt, red lips and a big, dry shampoo-induced rockstar mane.

Faux fur coat (not pictured), Free People, no longer available

Turtleneck sweater, Brandy Melville, $38

Patent finish pants, thrifted

Chelsea boots (not pictured), Free People, $128

Layered necklace, Free People, $28


Admittedly, I am way more into secondhand shopping and thrifting than I’m into hitting the mall. Recently, I picked up a few major scores, and thanks to Poshmark, I was able to find a vegan suede fringe jacket–for $20, nonetheless. While I was on the hunt for a camel moto jacket, I spotted this Western-inspired piece and decided it would make a stylish alternative to a biker one. After all, I already own a black moto jacket, so why not change things up a bit?

I was instantly able to think up a ton of cute outfits with pieces already in my closet. From this season’s must-have bodysuit-and-mom-jeans combo to a smokin’ hot “athleisure” getup, the possibilities are virtually endless when it comes to styling this gorgeous statement jacket.

On this particular day, however, I decided to play it safe with gray and black underneath; in my opinion gray, black and tan look really elegant together, so this outfit was totally a match made in heaven for me. A simple, soft v-neck allows a lacy bralette to peek through, while high-waist skinny jeans and sock booties give the look a sleeker vibe.

Vegan suede jacket with fringe, thrifted, $20

Bralette, Free People, $38

Easy Jeans, American Apparel, $78

Sock booties (not pictured), Topshop, $70


Skinny scarves are having a major moment this season, and to be 100 percent honest, I am completely here for it. I used to think I was all about chunky knit scarves and plaid blanket scarves, but style stars like Lou Doillon completely changed the way I see the accessory. Because I wear a ton of black, white and gray, I purchased a tan skinny scarf from Revolve last month; so far I absolutely love the texture this suede piece brings to basics like shirt dresses and silky pajama tops (another huge trend this season)!

Lou Doillon for Rockins [source: Instagram user @rockinshq]

On this reasonably mild January day I decided to pair the skinny scarf with a crisp white shirt dress, gray ribbed tights and black leather sock booties, this season’s It shoe. This look was perfect for a long day on campus; it is simple and clean, yet stylish and modern. All the pieces are versatile and somewhat plain, but they create an effortlessly chic model-off-duty ensemble when they come together.

I definitely plan on styling this look with fishnets and heeled booties (and maybe a little cleavage!) for a night out. As soon as I ditch the skinny scarf and let my hair out of its top knot, this outfit can definitely go from classroom to cocktails. For daytime, however, I find it is much better to forgo the flashy accessories and choose something slightly more modest. While a sultry, smoky eye and flirty nude lips would suit this look in the evening, minimal makeup is definitely the move during daylight hours.

Shirt dress, thrifted

Skinny scarf, Revolve

Ribbed tights, American Apparel, no longer available

Sock booties, Topshop