Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Six Winter Ways to Wear It

The Christmas season is officially upon us. One of the comments I hear most in the store is, "Im supposed to be buying for other people!". Well first off, you deserve a treat every once in awhile :) and second, there are plenty of ways to update your whole closet with a few simple steps and pieces. So throw out the guilt, and throw on a new look.
My look for today is one of my new favorite combos: a button up short cardigan and a thin belt over a summer dress. Just because its cold does not mean your favorite dresses have to be put away for the winter. I wear a dress almost every day so I am always looking for new combos. Here are a few ways to rock a retro mod look by using button up cardigans:
I picked out the dress first, then messed with a few shades of cardigans before settling on grey. It brought out the blues of the dress. My first fashion rule is always to mix shades and not try to be too matchy match. I also wanted to compliment the browns, so I added a leather cuff from my vendor M and T Creations, and a long brassy necklace. I have gotten a bunch of compliments today, and you will too :)

 Everyone loves to mix in some RED this time of year. This cardigan is a vintage Pollux (my fave cardi actually) and I layered it over a simple jersey knit tank dress ($29 at MagSoul). Add in a thin belt and layer some necklaces both short and long for a retro sweetheart look. (Necklaces are MagSoul Vintage Parts) This would look great with sparkly flats!
 A simple wrap with clean lines can take any dress into winter. Use the cut of the wrap to flatter your curves (Grey Wrap $32 and Burgundy Wrap $36 at MagSoul). Choosing a good wrap for your body type is important: if you have curvy hips, hit higher or lower than your hip line. If you have a long narrow waist accentuate it with a wrap that falls nicely at your hips. Elongate your lines for an elegant look.
Mustard is EVERYWHERE this season. It can be intimidating but it always looks great with black. Start simple and let the color grow on you. If mustard is too much for you, try a great rust or deep rich burgundy.
Throw in a pair of textured tights like these to show your fashion flair. Textured tights are this season's new leggings. They look great with a long sock peeking out of your boots too!

 A slouchy top that you normally wear with jeans can be layered over a dress for an indie look. Just make sure to use a belt to avoid adding to much fabric and bulk to your frame. Cinch where it flatters and let it flow over the areas you want to cover.
There you have it, six simple ways to wear a dress you already have in your closet. By using different leggings, belts and boots, you now have endless possiblities for your wardrobe!

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