So the school year has started, the mornings are cooler, and pumpkins are popping up at every store. Summer is officially coming to a close. And that means you’re starting to pack away the sundresses and skirts to favor jeans, leggings, and . . . Wait, stop right there. Let’s not be hasty.
I am the girliest of girls. And if you are anything like me, you tend to shy away from pants (or as I affectionately refer to them: “leg prisons”). Therefore, I have become quite the master of wearing skirts and dresses in the colder months without turning into a human popsicle. In this post I will share some ideas for how to break out those girly garments while remaining warm and stylish.
There are a few essential items that fall (Get it? “Fall” . . . Yikes. I better leave the jokes to the professionals.) into four categories, and you probably already have them in your closet!
Tights and Long Socks
Your legs are likely the first worry that comes to mind when you consider forgoing pants in the cold. For this, tights and thick socks are your best friend! If it’s a warmer fall day, try wearing some cable knit thigh highs. And if it’s colder, opt for a cute pair of tights! Opaque black is always a classic, but tights come in a wide array of colors to match any outfit – you can even mix it up with different textures. Try layering the tights and socks together for a cute layered look (plus extra warmth)!
Boots are the obvious choice of footwear for fall and winter, regardless of what you’re wearing. And good thing, because they are ridiculously cute! Try this bohemian style bootie with a mid heel from Blowfish. Layered with a couple pairs of thick socks of varying lengths, you’ll be keeping warm and looking cute! Or go a bit edgier with a pair of Doc Martens. Pair them with a feminine, floral dress and a black moto jacket to achieve an edgy look with a feminine flare. For maximum warmth, go with a knee-high style, such as this two-toned pair from Rocket Dog. Wear some coordinating tights or have a pair of long socks peek out at the top.
Alright, so now your legs are warm! But even though they are the most vulnerable in a skirt or a dress, we still can’t forget about bundling up top. Many dresses have low necklines that will leave your chest exposed to the frigid air. Thankfully, there’s a simple solution to that dilemma: scarves! A chunky knit is best for warmth and it helps balance out all those socks you’re wearing below.
Cardigans and Jackets
Cardigans and jackets are a must. And the great thing about them is that they eliminate the need for your top to be long-sleeved! So even your flirty floral sundress can transition into the colder months. Plus, with the vast array of styles these handy little garments come in, you can create all sorts of different looks. For a cozy look, try a slouchy, cable knit cardigan. Or for a rocker edge, toss on a faux leather bomber or moto jacket. Get casual with an olive green anorak. There’s no limit to the ways you can mix up your dresses and skirts with a good piece of outerwear.
Well guys, that’s really all there is to it. These are the items that are essential to taking your dresses and skirts into the fall and winter. The key is to balance textures and colors. For example, in the outfit pictured above, the light, airy sundress is balanced with burgundy tights and a heavy leather jacket – creating a perfect outfit for a fall day. Now, am I saying that these are ideal outfits for a snowstorm? Absolutely not. I’d begrudgingly stick to my jeans in extreme weather. In fact, I’d throw in an extra layer of insulating leggings for good measure. But a crisp breeze or a light snowfall is no reason to confine yourself to these “leg prisons” we’re all so used to in the cold. When executed correctly, you can keep warm in a dress or a skirt, and still look like a killer fashionista. Say no to the leg prisons! Free those legs!
And before I go, just look at these looks below! Using ALL of the key items! A++
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