WHAT TO WEAR – WINTER CHIC
I don’t know about you, but I want to be comfortable and look chic … and this look has both.
Here’s the breakdown of how to get this style:
- Look for a simple mid calf skirt or slip dress, in a soft fabric, preferably with a bit of shine. The shine is a great option to contrast with the heavy texture of the sweater. Bias cut isn’t for everyone, so if you find that a bit too clingy, go for a slight A-line … but the idea is to get a bit of flow and softness in the skirt. A slip dress can be a great seasonless addition to your wardrobe … it’s an iconic piece that you can style many ways.
- A nice thick chunky knit sweater … could be a turtleneck, a crew neck. And it can be in whatever colour is best for you, if you’re not into black or are trying to take a break from black. Solid, stripes, patterned … I’ve selected a number of options in the shopping selections below, but you may already have something in your closet. The sweater should have a heavier texture than the skirt … that helps make this outfit interesting.
- Fit Tips: The taller you are, the chunkier the sweater can be. Pay attention to the length of the sweater … you don’t want it to hit any lower than your hip bone. It should have substance, but not overwhelm your frame. If you’re smaller, curvier or more petit go for a more fitted sweater.
- Having the skirt and sweater in the same colour … i.e. a monochromatic look, will make you look taller, longer and leaner.
- Go bold with a bootie! Go for pattern, colour and something special here. It’s the place to really take the look to a whole new level. If you’ve tried a plain skirt and sweater combo, then go for bold with the bootie. Look for a pointed toe to elongate your leg, and a heel if possible (doesn’t need to be really high … 2-2.5″ is ideal and still chic).
- Keep the accessories simple – black sunglasses, a simple black handbag without a lot of detail, other than perhaps a touch of gold or silver in the zippers or logo.
- If you can do it, the bit of bare leg is great … but that doesn’t work for all climates in the winter. Here in Toronto, I’d add a black tight for warmth on a really cold day if I was going to be outside.
Is this look calling to you too? I’ve included lots of alternative pieces … sweaters, skirts, booties, and more in the shopping links below, so be sure to click through and see more shopping options.