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Sweater Weather

 

“Don’t miss out on something that could be great just because it could also be difficult!”

Wherever you live, there is probably going to be more of a chance to wear sweaters or layers in the Fall, so how do you find the ones that are the most flattering and fun for you to wear?  Since in Utah we haven’t had the time to really get into this trend yet (it’s definitely coming just not here yet), so here are some throwbacks to some of my favorites…

I have always loved Fall more than Winter, mainly because Winter is just a little too cold for me, and in Fall I get the chance to layer and get really creative with my outfits while at the same time not freezing to death 😉

I am a very visual person, so colors and patterns really appeal to me, but I am also tactile, which means that I really care about how something feels.  There’s nothing worse than finding a cool sweater and it itching you all day because it’s not soft.  My youngest is definitely like this – we have bought him clothes over the years and if he doesn’t like how it feels, he will NEVER wear it, and I don’t blame him.  Honestly the only time I ever sacrifice comfort for style is with my shoes – LOL!

So, to answer my first question, here are some great ideas for wearing layers and sweaters for the Fall and Winter months:

Wear a large oversized sweater with some skinny pants.  Wearing oversized pieces means they can tend to make you look larger than you are, but when you wear slimming or skinny pants or a skirt you can offset that appearance.

 

 

Wear a fitted turtle neck with a cute casual skirt and pumps or boots.  As the weather gets colder adding a pair of funky tights is a great way to add that extra pop to the outfit as well.

 

 

Wear a fitted sweater with an accent belt, and then add another layer of a long cardigan for a unique take on sweater weather attire.  The ruffle skirt and boots are the perfect compliment too!

 

 

Wear a chunky cardigan with some booties.  Because I paired this cardigan with the fitted skirt, just like the oversized sweater, it prevents the perception of being larger than you are!~

 

 

Embracing each season can be as easy as finding a style that makes you feel at home in that season.  The key is not to let the weather (the thing you can’t control) decide how you feel about what you wear and how you feel.  It can be all too tempting to wear comfy, warm, cozy things in the Fall and Winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still look amazing.  Sweats can be cute – especially the leopard print or camo ones I have seen recently.  Enjoy experimenting with styles that could work for you, and don’t be afraid to try something a little funkier than usual.  Add a scarf here or there, wear a hat, layer like crazy and have fun!

Have a great day 🙂

 

 

The Do’s and Don’ts of Fall Style

“Each moment of the year has it’s own beauty.”

 

Fall is a great time to experiment with different styles, and try new things.  It is also a time when creativity is your friend, so finding new ways to put outfits together is something you can really have fun with!

Layers are your friend, sweaters are a must and boots make their reappearance after a summer hiatus.  So how do you know what is good for you to wear, and what is not?  The great news is that there are so many different styles, colors and options for outfits that there are many more opportunities for you to find what works for you.  Here are some do’s and don’ts that I follows, I believe they will help you too:

  1. Do wear different lengths of clothing – a long sweater over a pair of leggings or skinny jeans, and then add a box or moto jacket.
  2. Don’t wear colors that don’t suit you, even if it really jumps out in a store or you see someone else wearing it – stick to what works for you rather than following others.
  3. Do wear layers – it is better to be too warm and be able to peel off layers if you don’t need them.  Fall weather can be unpredictable, so planning for worst case scenario is always what I find to be the best.
  4. Don’t wear things that cause unnecessary muffin top.  A pair of skinny jeans or leggings that is too tight is just going to push everything up and cause an unflattering look.
  5. Do wear boots and booties with jeans or dresses and tights not just because they are more practical but also because they add a little funk.
  6. Don’t follow “rules” such as “don’t wear White after Labor Day” – this has always been something I have chosen to ignore, because I love wearing White and winter White during all the seasons, but I really do love how it can look in the fall and winter.
  7. Do invest in a great statement coat or jacket.  You are definitely going to need it, so you may as well make sure that while you’re wearing it you look fabulous.  It is the first thing that people see when you’re outside, so you may as well make sure that the first impression is a great one!
  8. Don’t keep your look inside a style bubble – step outside the lines and try something new (like perhaps a sweater dress with some knitted tights, or a pair of faux leather leggings and a long sweater).
  9. Do break out the tights – and get really creative with some new styles and colors for the season.  While I was in England last month I found some really unusual ones and have worn them already…

 

 

I am so excited for fall…there are so many possibilities and not just with our outfits…I hope you find these tips useful, and that if you haven’t already started planning your fall looks, that now you have some new ideas to help you!

You can shop some of my favorite fall colors and picks below…

 


Black and Grey

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Wearing a cute Grey “bat wing” sweater with a touch of metallic, along with a pencil skirt and some cute Silver/Grey pumps.  Unfortunately it is now tights weather, and I pulled out a pair of Opaque Black tights just to get me through the day.  I have to say that sometimes I am colder sitting in my office than when I am out and about in my car for appointments.  It could be that the seat warmer in my car heats me through and I don’t have that at my desk 😉

I picked out a cute Green Cameo necklace because I felt like the sweater needed a little something with it’s V neck, and I think it really adds a little pop of color to a simple outfit.  The shoes are a pair I picked out recently on a business trip and they are super comfy (but not great for snow or ice because they have leather soles)…

I love the cut of the leather jacket because it is long enough to keep me warm as I run from appointment to appointment, but yet still looks put together enough to wear for business.  Winter styling doesn’t have to just be frumpy warm sweaters, you can still look pulled together with some more form fitting sweaters, along with a skirt and tights or some warm and cozy wool pants.  In fact, if you want to be really warm, you can grab yourself a sweater dress and wear it with some knee high boots.  Get adventurous with boots, tights and scarves to keep yourself warm without neglecting style.