The weather here is super erratic – one minute it’s warm and sunny, the next it’s cloudy and cold – so I’ve been learning to dress in layers a little more regularly than I did back in the Southeast. It’s not a skill I’ve fully mastered yet (seeing as I’m used to either sweltering or freezing or rainy or warm or chilly – and not all in one day) but I’m getting there. Another thing I’ve learned: People here dress incredibly inappropriately for the temperature (chicks in shorts and flip flops in 50 degrees, dudes in ski hats and parkas in 60), so it seems we’re all a bit confused.
My foray into snowy territory this weekend enlightened me as to the importance of appropriate footwear in serious weather situations. There’s little less comfortable than a shoe filled with snow and soaked through in 20-degree weather, and while it would be nice to believe the assumptions encouraged by the tantalizing resort gear lining the shelves right about now, it is in fact still January, and there’s still a good bit of snow covering a wide swath of this country and beyond. So while it’s not quite spring, let’s at least be comfortable (and cute while we’re at it).
You may recall that I sang the praises of a skirt similar to this one a few months ago (and then again) – you should know that my adoration for said skirt has not wavered one bit. Quite the contrary, in fact; on my recent Topshop excursion I came across this gray calf-length version of the beloved skirt and obviously it had to come home with me. Prepare to see a lot more of this one.
Zara heels, Urban Outfitters sweater (similar), Zara asymmetric skirt, Chloe sunglasses (similar), Zara jacket, Marc by Marc Jacobs purse
I like to think that most of the things I own transition from season to season, but in reality, there’s not as much transitioning as I’d like – through not fault of the clothes themselves, but rather the ADD I start to experience after a while with anything in particular. I was getting dressed the other day, though, and had a thought – layer some cable-knit on almost anything and it’s completely different and automatically fall-weatherized. Given the ridiculous amount of wool I have leftover from my high school days in New England, this discovery is gonna make for a lot of experimenting (though the reemergence of some of this knitwear is likely to walk the line somewhere between super awesome and somewhat embarrassing).
One of the simplest ways to transition a summer dress into fall is by throwing a blazer over it and pairing it with boots instead of sandals. We headed out to brunch on Sunday morning and given the slight chill in the air, I grabbed my go-to blazer and booties, but honestly by the time we got there, things had heated up enough that the jacket was hardly necessary. Welcome, season of layers.