WHAT TO WEAR WHEN FALL FEELS LIKE WINTER

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Fall Fashion and Layering Tips

SHOP THE OUTFITDRESS | SCARF | VEST | similar BOOTS | HAT | LONG SLEEVE TEE

This Fall has just turned SERIOUSLY cold. How to dress warmly and still look cute is a topic near and dear to me since I live in Boston where it's hella cold. And I hate being cold! So what's the secret to cold weather style? To me, the trick to stylish winter dressing boils down to wearing thin layers that are warm. I find that having a good selection of the right layers at hand is super important. So I'm sharing my cold weather dressing process and a few pieces that have been invaluable in my quest to stay warm and still look somewhat cute when it's freezing out!

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In this kind of cold weather I typically wear anywhere from 4 to 6 layers. Does that seem crazy? I see a lot of runners dressing this way around where I live too. I once saw someone next to me on the treadmill peel off 3 layers in their first 5 minutes of running. I would have never known when I first saw her because they were all super thin fabrics. Anyway, for every day dressing, I usually start with a soft and fitted tank top. My favorite right now are these long and lean tank tops because of the amazing fit. They also hold their shape and don't get baggy under your clothes after a few hours of wear (great for a base layer on flights as well!)

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After that I usually go with a heat-retaining layer like Uniqlo's heat-tech tees or turtlenecks. I was skeptical at first about the whole heat-tech things but they really work to keep you warm. I usually buy a black, white and blush to cover me for most outfits. After that, a long-sleeved cashmere sweater can also be a good option to layer on if the windchill is high - covers your arms and really adds warmth.

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Now the layers that will be the most visible: In this outfit I wore this really cute midi dress with side ties that you can't see. It's not terribly warm but the function of this layer is more to create shape and style so the lack of warmth isn't important. You can of course also swap out the dress for a wool dress for the same effect and even more warmth. About my dress: the charcoal color makes it really versatile and I know I'll wear it solo when the weather warms up, even thought right now that seems light years away. I know you can't see the side-ties but they're the cutest. It also comes in a burgundy color that I didn't see in store or I would have definitely bought that one too - at under $50 it's easy to buy more than one color.

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The down vest on top really adds the most warmth and then a belt gives shape to the outfit. I went with basic black here but I also love adding a sparkly belt in the winter sometimes to shake things up. I love this one for under $25 and it goes with anything. If you're interested in reading more about the puffer vest, head to this post where you can see it styled differently and in the red/pink color.

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 A cozy scarf is essential in the winter because of course it warms your neck in that chilly wind, or you can also use it as an additional layer. Mine is large enough that I can drape it around myself like a shawl and wear it under the vest if I need another layer. Also, while I'm on the topic of scarves, I'm really into anything with plaid on it right now because well, the holidays. I know it's maybe early to start gift shopping but I wanted to share a few of my favorite things to buy for myself or others:

TO GET STARTED ON HOLIDAY SHOPPING:


Last but not least, a hat! As I'm sure you know if you live anywhere cold (and if you don't live somewhere cold you're probably not reading this anyway), heat escapes from our extremities. So a hat is really important. I love beanies because they don't blow off my smallish head! My winter line up always includes the basic neutrals in black, ivory, camel and grey. 

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As it's only going to get colder from here on out, you can expect another post very soon with even more layers. If you guys have any cold weather style tips that keep you extra warm, definitely share in the comments! As always, thanks for stopping in! xo

SHOP WHAT I'M WEARING:

3 comments:

  1. You look fantastic! And those boots.....oooh so beautiful!

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  2. I like that style! That vest is beautiful, i have a similar one, it's more darker than yours.

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