It’s always a sad time of year when you have to trade in your sandals and sunblock for snow boots and mittens. Don’t get me wrong; I love sweater weather. I admit, though, it can be hard to take my warm weather clothes out of the rotation.
We integrate winter clothes into our summer outfits, pairing light sweaters with miniskirts and boots with shorts, so why not do the same during winter? With the right combinations, summer pieces can be worn long after your tan fades away.
1. An oversized sweater over a patterned sundress.
This is an effortless way to sneak some brighter colors into your winter wardrobe. Only the bottom of the sundress will be visible, but it will add contrast to the outfit. You’ll not only look and feel chic, but you’ll feel comfortable as well, since you’re essentially wearing a baggy sweater with no pants. Trendy + comfy = a winning situation for everyone!
Forget everything you’ve heard about socks with sandals, because if style innovator Alexa Chung can rock this fashion faux pas, the rest of us should be taking notes. It’s easier to justify buying new pumps knowing you can sport them all year round!
3. Tights under a pair of shredded denim shorts.
Let’s be real: this is an ideal way to show off the shape of your legs without revealing how pasty you’ve gotten in the months since summer. Throw a sweater on top and you’ve got a perfect cozy, cold weather outfit. You can even layer knee socks over sheer hose with your shorts for a slightly edgier look.
4. A chunky cardigan over a crop top.You don’t have to expose your midriff to the winter winds — just make sure you’re wearing a high-waisted skirt or high rise pants! Even in December, the most lightweight floral crop top can look flawless with a fluffy knit worn over it. What’s more, you can use this pairing to show off a cute belt.
5. A beachy kimono over a long-sleeved shirt.
The disparity of a snug, form-fitting shirt and the silky silhouette of the kimono create the perfect marriage of opposites. Mixing up the textures and materials you wear with the kimono, like the leather trend, it is another way to develop a bolder, more distinctive impression.
Now it’s your turn! Leave a comment below telling us the inventive ways you incorporate glimpses of summer into your winter looks.