WHAT TO WEAR: Transition Weather

Warm weather is finally upon us…. sort of. If your city is anything like Madison, the weather is not being so cooperative with our cries for sunny 70 degree weather. It’s 65 degrees one day, and 18 degrees and snowing the next, which makes it difficult to dress the part. The key here is layers!

This Fashionista is wearing a classic, lightweight, striped top layered with a plush vest and a faux leather jacket, making it easy to adjust for crazy weather. Her black jeans ground the dark look, while the distressing makes the heavy layering a little more playful. Her pointed, gray flats play on the coming weather while keeping her toes sheltered and cozy, and the wrap-around ankle detail is tied into a bow to balance out the tough look created by both of the jackets and the distressing of her jeans. Her tortoiseshell sunglasses throw a little bit of color onto the neutral base of the outfit and look equally cute slung through the top of her T-shirt.

The trick to making a layered look appear put together is to stick with the same color palette, while mixing up the textures. Another key for transition-weather layering is to make it all versatile.  Be sure to start with something a little more breathable such as a T-shirt or blouse and build from there. A vest or light jacket is a great second choice, with options like faux fur, a jean vest or jacket, a chambray shirt, or even a fun flannel top.

Lastly, if it’s still extra chilly out where you are, top it off with anything from a jean jacket (if you haven’t already thrown one on) to a chic faux leather piece. Don’t be afraid to play around with it!  With a look like this, it’s easy to make it your own. Incorporating different patterns and bold textures is a sure way to make your outfit stand out in this parka and sandals weather we all love to hate.