Style Advice of the Week

After a couple weeks of layering up and making use of your favorite new winter coat, cold weather gets tiring. Initially the decreasing temperature is bearable (who doesn’t love an excuse to buy new sweaters and boots?) but once winter holidays and New Years have passed there is nothing more depressing than browned snow, negative temperatures, worn-out beanies and an overused winter wardrobe.

The best way to break out of your winter blues is by making the most of warmer days. This Fashionista took advantage of higher temperatures by rocking a cobalt blue shift dress (kind of like this) and a black leather jacket (similar idea here). Most people steer clear of dresses in cold weather, but layering dresses like this Fashionista did with her leather jacket will keep the look weather appropriate. The jewel tone blue was also the perfect color selection for the winter. Avoiding pastels and floral prints by sticking to deeper hues will help keep the outfit from feeling too summery.

My favorite part of this look is the mixing of textiles and the balancing of different silhouettes. Leather is the perfect material for a light winter jacket and plays well with the silk blend shift dress. The dress is super light, and the leather adds not only edge but an element of heaviness. The mix of silhouettes adds a similar contrast. Her dress is falls straight and is boxier on her frame. Selecting the tighter, more fitted leather jacket helps define her shape while still keeping the playfulness of the loose dress. She completes her look with black Sam Edelman booties, Alex and Ani bangles, a J.Crew bracelet, a St. Croix hook bracelet and a long necklace with an elephant charm.

Ultimately the best way to beat the winter blues is by utilizing light jackets, dresses, short boots and bold, jeweled hues. Who ever defined winter by dull, bland colors and basic sweaters anyways?


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