Sunday, 1 January 2012

How To Wear Warm Weather Wardrobe in Winter

Exciting as it may be to usher snuggly scarves, collegiate-cool boots and bedhead-masking beanies back into your regular rotation as the temperature drops, it can also be hard to let go of warm weather favorites. Luckily, it's pretty simple to make certain lightweight basics work during the chillier months—the secret's in the styling. Our tips for seamlessly integrating July staples into December outfits:

Crop Tops
Can't let go of your favorite crop top? A little layering can make this piece winter-ready. Try throwing one on over a classic bias-cut slipdress in a complementary color. Crop tops also look smart worn over a buttoned-all-the-way-up oxford shirt and paired with a high-waisted skirt.  

Hopelessly devoted to last spring's flatforms? As long as they're not aggressively "beachy"—i.e. espadrilles or an ankle-wrapped canvas style—most stacked platforms can be winterized with black opaque tights. Just be sure to swap out your flatforms for sturdier boots once the snow hits.  

Monochromatic Neutrals
Shades of beige, tan and ivory were all over last spring's runways. Even slinkier pieces with daring hemlines can still work during the colder months, since neutrals look especially great when layered. Try a chunky cream cardigan over a taupe silk shirtdress, a brown leather moto jacket over a nude-colored knit tankdress or a mocha-toned shearling vest over a beige maxidress.  

Pajama Dressing
Last season, we learned that PJs can easily be worn outside the bedroom. But during this time of year, simply wearing a silky patterned button-up will leave you shivering. For an easy solution, add a fitted wool blaze. It'll keep you warm and add structure to an otherwise soft and draped silhouette. A fur (real or faux) cropped coat or chubby adds an instant dash of Old Hollywood boudoir-chic.

Wide-leg Denim
Last season, we saw denim silhouettes loosen up considerably as a 70s-inspired shape emerged. Those same uber-flared jeans you wore with silk tanks all through June are easy to style during the winter months, too. Try them with a shrunken knit in an equally Love Story-esque hue like mustard or camel. To keep your outfit's focus on the flared leg, avoid longer sweaters or anything oversized—stick to slightly cropped knitwear that hits above the hip.
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