THE ART OF LAYERING: TIS THE SEASON!
Spring and autumn are truly magical seasons! However, they’re a bit like your favorite frenemy: sweet, lovely and temperate in the light of day, but can unexpectedly turn a bit colder and unpredictable when the sun goes down or you step into the shade! How do you dress for this schizophrenic weather without having to go home and change 3x a day? Beyond my favorite, transitional weather-wear items like blazers and leather jackets, a chunky cardigan or lightweight sweater layered over tanks, tees and dresses can look great and take you seamlessly from day through night! Keep reading below to see three different ways I layer the same outfit for a day-to-night look (PS: it helps to carry a big bag where you can hide a pair of candy-colored heels if you want to jazz up your look for a night out or stash those snuggly sweaters when the going gets warm!)
THE CHUNKY OVERSIZED CARDIGAN
You can do so much with these! I’ve worn them with A-line midi skirts, skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, and my favorite – leather pants/leggings! If it’s a slightly warmer, sunnier day, you can wear these unbuttoned/unzipped with pointy-toe flats or sandals to help keep you cool and the air circulating nicely from head-to-toe… On a slightly colder, greyer or wetter day, I opt for ankle boots or loafers so I can keep my feet toasty and layer less on top (most people think you lose body heat fastest through your head – but really, the feet are the real culprit! If you keep your feet warm and dry, you can afford to shed some layers elsewhere as your body temp will rise)! These cardigans are really easy to take on and off without making a fuss… A dressed-down, cozy look during the day can easily be transitioned to night if you keep the rest of your outfit chic and sleek underneath these chunky knits (optional: add a pop of red lipstick to dress up a night out)!
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THE CAR COAT
The car coat, also known as a boyfriend jacket, is another classic, effortlessly chic piece that goes with pretty much everything and appears to be timeless (except for those mean muggy summer days!). You can go with a classic neutral shade in a soft lightweight wool/cotton blend that will literally match any outfit, a textured style for a Parisian vintage look (I love the richness different textures like leather, lace, tweed and faux fur can add to an outfit), or something in a bold color or print if you want to brighten up a grey day! I’ve worn my navy-tweed Pam & Gela jacket literally every season since I bought it last year and wish I had this exact coat in a million colors and patterns!
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THE THICK-KNIT BOYFRIEND BLAZER
Boyfriend blazers aren’t new, but they can serve a dual purpose as both blazer and lightweight coat if you buy them in a thicker knit! The longer length gives them a bit more of an outerwear look, while the structured fit maintains the classic appeal of an everyday blazer. Like the oversized cardi or car coat, these can work in any color palette! If you like neutrals, then you’ll be able to wear the same blazer with basically any outfit. If you opt for a print or pop of color, just make sure the shoes and accessories complement without overpowering! I’ve got some high-end, mid-range and budget-friendly styles that I love in my wardrobe, although I do find myself always coming back to my collection of Zara blazers for their impeccable fit and comfort! Also, you can always find these on sale in so many colors and styles that flatter every body type and shape!