Wednesday, August 17, 2016

6 Ways to stay dressy in cooler weather

I know what you're thinking: "But it's still August! Why are we even talking about the cooler weather?!" Because here, we just had a massive heatwave for a few weeks that had me dreaming of being cozy without being sweaty. And as per the usual Canada trend, fall temperatures sneak up on us pretty quickly!

One major issue is that dressing for cooler weather can quickly become frumpy. Big coats, oversized scarves, and other chunky pieces can turn an outfit from haute to hobo in an instant. But with the right clothes and proper accessorising, staying dressy even when the temps turn down will be a cinch. Check out a few of my favorite tips below. 

1. Don't Skip the Jewelry

Jewelry is a key component to keeping your outfits dressy during cool weather. Make your outfit pop with the right pieces, like statement earrings, a bib necklace, or a stack of bangles. Have fun with colour, too. Cold weather doesn't mean drab hues. 

2. Heels Add Instant Oomph 

Rather than wear flats all the time, throw on a pair of closed-toe pumps or heeled booties for a leg-elongating ensemble that will also add instant oomph to even your oversized coats. And even if you dislike stilettos, wedges and thick-stacked heels are totally on trend this season. For the unexpected, choose a coloured pair to dress up a plain black dress, trousers, pencil skirt, or jeans. 

3. Let Your Accessories Shine

Aside from jewelry, there are many different ways to amp up the dressy factor of a cool weather outfit. Other accessories like handbags, hats, belts, and scarves can all make a difference. A belted waist over a large coat adds an instant hourglass, while a sparkly or sequined scarf will add a touch of glamour. And don't forget the dramatic impact a wide-brim felted hat can have on an ensemble. 

4. Tackle the Tailored Coat

A beautifully tailored coat can instantly elevate any outfit, making it appear much dressier than it really is. Whether you pair it with jeans, trousers, or a cocktail dress, you simply can't go wrong. Choose camel, black, or cream for a piece that will go with nearly everything. 

5. Blouses and Camis Abound

A surefire way to look dressy even when the weather turns cold is by choosing the right kind of top. Opt for something ruffled, feminine, and billowy and even a pair of skinny jeans and heels will look phenomenal. The great part is that beautiful blouses and camis are also excellent for work. 

6. Get a Leg Up on Style

Whether you bare your legs (with tights on, of course) or prefer to cover them in pants, the right bottoms are key to keeping it dressy. Patterned tights add a fun touch to skirts and dresses and can be quite beautiful. Black lace and geo patterns are both great choices. And don't forget the impact a great-fitting pair of trousers can have on even a plain white fitted long sleeve tee. 

I hope you've enjoyed this little rundown of tips on how to appear dressy even when the temps turns cool. All it takes are a few strategic items and edits of pieces you probably already have. Remember the importance of layers, accessories, and proper fit for boundless outfits that are both stylish and warm.

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