Whenever winter begins winding down and stores start showing spring merchandise, I must remind myself that it is beyond pointless for me to buy more sandals. That darling summer dresses crafted from single-layer cotton voile are a bit of a waste. That I really only need one pair of good shorts. I live in Minnesota, it is flippin’ cold here for most of the year, and I need to avoid shopping for non-dominant seasons.
Those of us who live in climates with defined seasons – especially climates with one temperature range that dominates the weather – are best served to focus on items that will work well during that season. Anyone living in New Orleans will likely concur that a single heavyweight coat will serve. Most folks living in Juneau are well aware that strapless sundresses will get very little use. And even those of you in less extreme climates are sure to know which seasons rule your world, and therefore, which seasonal garments will have the broadest applications.
Originally posted 2013-02-26 06:50:52.
Layering is a BIIIIIG concept. Group of concepts even. And there’s certainly no right or wrong way to do it. But I wanted to talk about some layering fundamentals because for absolute ages I feared layering. Truly. It was one of those dressing techniques that others appeared to execute effortlessly and I could never seem to nail.
Growing up, I envied the girls who could throw on long-sleeved thermal shirts and then layer their cute little graphic tees on top. Because when I tried this, I looked like an outhouse with legs. It wasn’t until much later that I realized I was doing two things wrong: Trying a layered look that fought with my natural figure AND utilizing pieces that weren’t meant to be layered.
Originally posted 2012-11-05 06:16:31.
Jori dropped me an e-mail with this question:
What to do when the fashion season and the weather can’t seem to agree? Now that it’s April, we’re all excited to wear some of our springy clothes – but here in New England, the weather this time of year can be warm and springy one day but cold and wintry the next. It feels wrong to go back to wearing winter clothes on those cold days, even if it’s probably the sensible thing to do for comfort. So how to make spring clothes work on non-springy days? Of course, this issue isn’t just about spring either. How can winter fashions be deployed in warm-weather climates? Or summer fashions in places like San Francisco where mid-July days can be foggy and downright chilly?
Originally posted 2011-04-20 06:14:23.