After a brief hiatus, the Met Set is back. Our style team dreams up their favorite wants and wares from around town, compiling them into a monthly shopping list.

For January, we're going predictably neutral, functional, and rugged to build up winter's chic and easy garb. Check out the Shop Talk picks below and let us know what items you're most fond of this month.

Dieppa Restrepo booties ($432, Totokaelo)
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Olivia Tinsley, style intern
“To say that I’ve been looking for a pair of simple, streamlined flat ankle boots for winter would be an understatement. It has been much more of a prolonged, desperate search—visiting store after store only to be disappointed by buckles, studs, or heel height. Thanks to these handmade
Dieppa Restrepo beauties available at Totokaelo ($432), I can finally call off the hunt.” 

The Stowe 'Juliette' bag ($275, Craft and Culture)
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Lauren Gallow, Shop Talk contributor
“Lately I've found myself gravitating towards classic, well-made items that I know will stick with me as my style evolves from ’70s French ballerina to ’40s Nordic vampire and back again. At the moment, I'm drooling over this handmade leather bag by Montreal designer The Stowe ($275) available at Craft and Culture. A timeless shape and material that will only get better with age.”  

 

 

 

 

Lu 'Dress No. 6' ($265)
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Amanda Zurita, Style Editor
“After a hectic holiday season, I'm headed out of town for some low-key sun and sand this month, however I'm not exactly ready to give up my all-black winter uniform. This jersey knit number by Lu ($265) is breezy enough to toss over a swimsuit (and it has pockets!), but still neutral-chic to maintain my seasonal comfort levels.”

Faris Stem Stud ($55)
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Kelsey Kaufman, Shop Talk contributor 
“I enjoy Christmas shopping for my friends, because, well, it's like shopping for myself. While at the Little Green House popup in Ballard last month, I spotted this delicately cut Stem Stud by Faris ($55). I've been trying to pull off the single earring look for months now, and guys, I think this is my shot.”

 

Danner 'Mountain Light II' boots ($320)
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Jeremy Buben, editorial intern
“Recently I've been coerced into more hiking excursions, and what better shoe for the job than this sturdy and stylish classic by Portland-based Danner ($320). It may be overbuilt for short day-hikes, but I'm interested in buying quality products that can last for years. Also, these boots give me an excuse to take a day off to trek up to some out-of-the-way hot springs.”

 

 

Crest bottle opener ($60, Cairo)
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Alyssa Volpigno, Shop Talk contributor
“Two of my favorite trends, brass and geometry, combine in a bottle opener worthy of a modern-day Cleopatra. The possibilities of this object are endless. Should I use it as a paper weight? Wear it as a necklace? I'll probably try both ($60, Cairo)”