Posted on 11/7/2016
Updated on 12/2/2017
This Guest Post is courtesy of Brooke Burnett, a Blogger Workshop host, and owner of One Small Blonde, a fashion + travel blog created to influence young women to feel confident with their own personal style. The Style Bouquet would like to thank Brooke for her excellent contribution to its blog!
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Naturally, my fall to winter transition style is all about ease and comfort. Even before it gets really cold here in Texas, I’ve already bought some major must-haves items to compliment my already full wardrobe. This is when I begin layering. After all, why go crazy when the unpredictable seasons prevent you from planning your day-to-day? And, did I mention I live in Texas?!
It’s easy to take layers off if the heater is blasting a bit high, but impossible to fashion garments out of thin air, so be sure to head out prepared! A key to layering lies in the staples. The essentials that I keep on hand include over the knee boots, a couple of sweaters in solid tones, black skinny jeans and a long (warm) coat. As long as I have these main pieces (and a few extra warm accessories), I am all set for anything the season brings. Here are a few additional tips for transitioning to a harsh winter from a mild Autumn.
- Pick the right coat.
The coat you wear (and how you wear it) will scream things about your personality. What do you want it to say? Are you practical and going for comfort at all costs? Or, will you be heading out for a night of cocktails and require a coat that’s warm yet sleek and sophisticated? The more avant-garde fashionistas may want to sneak a peek at InStyle magazine’s top choices for 2016. Clearly, fur is coming back as are the extra-long sizes.
- Don’t pack away your tank tops and T-shirts.
Tank tops and tees are great pieces for a little peek-a-boo action beneath a sweater or cardigan. Short sleeves also add something a little extra OVER your long sleeved tees. Are you planning on lounging around the house or do you need to run out for errands? An illustrated short-sleeved tee is a fun piece to wear under plain, solid-toned long sleeved counterpart.
- Also, keep your minidress out of storage.
Especially if it has long sleeves. Actually, a general rule of thumb when showing off one area of your body is to cover up the others. Otherwise, you run the risk of looking like a teenager playing with her mother’s clothes. Remember, less is definitely more.
- Be careful while mixing and matching.
Some fabrics and patterns simply don’t go with others (like plaid and polka dots). To avoid looking like a hotchpotch, follow designers who have mastered the art of layers and use them as your inspiration.
- Flatter your form, regardless of layers.
Don’t sacrifice style and sophistication for warmth; it is possible to remain refined while keeping toasty. The trick is to pair one big item with a second form-fitting one (like an oversized coat over skinny jeans and zip-up leather boots).
No matter how you choose to layer, remember to make the most of what you already have in your closet. Also, keep these last few tips in mind:
- DO enjoy lots of lace!
- DON’T worry about white after Labor Day.
- DO blend masculine with feminine styles.
- DON’T go too furry when playing with coats and boots.
- DON’T only wear neutral tones. DO include vibrant hues.
Oh my I love lace dress. I think these are dresses that I could wear all year round. Just find the right cut and color for all season.
Lace is a fabric that never goes out of style. Thanks so much for your comment! xo
I need to remember the vibrant hues. I tend to stick to more natural colors even though I’m certain I have vibrant ones in my closet.
I never pack away my clothes! I just wear layer up!
Great idea! xo
Love lace. It gives you a very vintage and sexy look.
I do too! Lace is beautiful. Thanks so much for your comment! xo
I never pack up my t-shirts since I basically wear t-shirts and jeans all year long.
I have a variety of coats! My favorite is my peacoat.
I love the peacoat! Great choice! xo
I always get stuck when picking out a new coat, i dont like heavy clothing but with the cold setting in i really need to get one sorted, i also like to get use out of tshirts on the winter to either under a jumper on over lomg sleeve top extra layers, extra warmth im nit a fan of the cold weather ☺ Marie
I love lace materials, always super pretty and in an effortless way too 🙂
Eh. I could use some work on my Fall to winter wardrobe transition. I’m not the most fashionable person in the world but this post definitely helps a lot! Thanks!
I love layering and you are so right, mini dresses and tanks are perfect for it!
I grew up in California so I never really had to tuck clothes away because it stayed the same temperature pretty much all year long! Now I’m realizing that people in other states have capsule wardrobes for a reason!
Such good tips! I always keep my tees and tanks out because they’re so good for layering. The more layers the better in my opinion!
Love these tips, Beth! I feel like I’m still transitioning from summer to fall…it was 80 degrees here last week! But I’ll definitely keep these in mind when it comes to the cool to cold transition in the coming weeks…
I love layering my clothes. So all my t-shirts, blouses and tank tops now perfectly go with my cardigans and blazers!
I am so glad that fall is here! Layering is the best and you are totally right about the tank-tops, I keep mine out all year long. I used to wear turtlenecks under my sweaters (speaks to my age), but now a tank or short sleeve is more my style. Go fall fashion!
Transitional times of year are so tough, but you are right, it is all about correct layering and mix and match pieces. Long sleeve mini dresses are the best 🙂 These are some great finds, thanks for the suggestions!
Great style tips! I still cannot seem to wear white after Labor Day though…something in me just won’t do it. I’m working on it though as it seems to not be a conventional fashion rule of thumb any more.
Great tips! I like living in a place where I have to transition my wardrobe every year; it keeps things exciting throughout the year.
Love all these tips! I keep my tank tops and tees out during the winter too. Since I live in Florida it typically stays on the warm side.
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I love lace dress and i love teaming them up with nice structured coats.
I always try to ensure I still have my tank tops and mid dresses in my closet all through the seasons are they are staple for men
Really great tips! I agree with being careful with how one mixes patterns. Sometimes different patterns mix and other times it just doesn’t look right.
These are all so adorable. It gets super cold here in Wisconsin…but until now, it’s been 60 degrees ..which hasn’t happened in November for over 30 years! So crazy.
Great ideas! I never pack away my tee and tanks, layer, layer ,layer
I love layering. its the most easiest, comfortable and quickest way to look chic and stay warm.
I have so many coats that I never know which one to wear! But I do love wearing lots of layers!
I don’t have nearly enough jackets. I always just suck up being cold for the sake of looking cute! LOL