Thursday, December 10, 2009

All Bundled Up

All Bundled Up

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Works Cited
turtleneck: j crew
white button-up: jeremy's
gray skirt: old navy
belt: urban outfitters
black tights: who knows
leg warmers: bought in high school (perhaps capezio)
boots: j crew
scarf: bought in SF
coat: forever 21

It is seriously cold here today, and thus begins my Project to Stay Chic in Winter. How better to start than with about a million layers? You can't see it here, but I'm wearing a button-up over a turtleneck (although a bit bulky, it is actually very chic). I layered leg warmers over my tights, and left them bunched up at the top of the boots to insulate my legs from the cold.

I also looped a bright cashmere scarf around my neck. Given the amount of black, navy, and gray in my winter wardrobe, I like having bright scarves to brighten up darker looks. This marigold one would look particularly good next to brown, I think. While it's hard to see here, I went with a palette of pinks and oranges--the legwarmers are very light pink; the turtleneck is a coral color; and the marigold scarf--but I kept the colors in small doses next to lots of gray and black.

I can't help but to miss easy fall dressing, where you could stay cozy in a few light layers instead of wearing so many layers the shape of your body is entirely lost. I've also been wondering what looks better: a few thicker layers, or a whole slew of lighter layers piled together? The former threatens to be boring, and the latter out of control. What's your take? Do you stay simple in a thick sweater, or do you pile layers on to stay warm?

17 comments:

Heather J said...

brr! looking cute. i love the grey and yellow combo.

Ashley M. said...

awesome! love the knee-highs and tights. i'll have to try that look sometime. :)

Anna said...

When I lived in Iowa (the first 24 years of my life), I found that a combination of lighter and heavier layers works best. For example, a layering tank under a long-sleeved top under a sweater (and tights or leggings or long underwear under your jeans or wool pants) in the winter. That way, you can have a good amount of visual interest without completely losing your body shape under layers of heavy clothing. Plus, it's easier to take off a layer when indoors if needed and still remain comfortable. However, my dad (a native Californian) prefers to wear the heaviest sweaters he can find in the winter, so maybe that kind of cold is something you have to get used to...?

Emily Kennedy said...

When I do a thick sweater, I almost always do something slimming on the bottom half, like skinny jeans or a pencil skirt. Also, I like to play with colors peeping out of thick sweaters, like long undershirts, and sleeve cuffs.

I have a sweater skirt, and I follow the same pricinciple: usually a jersey blouse with it. A sweater on top and bottom seems a bit monotonous. I've also noticed that I like scarves over lighter layers, but not over thick layers, because then I feel like I'm drowning.

Emily Kennedy said...

Oh! I forgot to say that I did OTK's layered with knee highs and boots today, a la YOU.

Penny said...

You always look so chic and smart in your outfits...I love it! I also love how you layered here. I personally have to be careful with piling stuff on as I can kind of look like the Incredible Hulk if I'm not too careful;)

Jenni said...

Cute and Love!

piglet said...

So cute! I love the socks!

betz said...

i love your outfit. i love the pop of color.

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ShopKim said...

In previous years I've always done just sweaters to keep warm, but like you, I'm really going to try and step it up this year. I want to keep more of my things in rotation so creative layering is going to be the key! I like this look and love the color of that scarf.

nc2220 said...

I wish I had advice... my super warm sweater shed all over me today, so I think I might need to try the thinner layers instead of my typical bulky fuzzy sweaters.

Love the yellow, makes the whole outfit bright and sunny!

Jen said...

i love how that scarf really brightens up your layered look, and that jacket is fantastic!
i definitely just go for either tons of layers or rush out into the cold and freeze to death. i'm trying to invest in some huge oversized sweaters to keep warm.

Moni said...

I dress like Anna: a tank or tee, then long-sleeved shirt, then a wool or cashmere sweater. That way I can remove layers inside, because in my ancient school it's either too hot or to cold! I also wear two pairs of tights and warm knee high boots on bottom. My favorite coat is bright fuschia, so it's definitely a pick-me-up on a dreary winter day.

Anna said...

Moni, did you ever work for Gap? I used to, and I literally dressed like that pretty much every single day in the winter because our store was either freezing or boiling. Like you, I also wear brightly-colored coats to cheer up my otherwise dreary winter wardrobe :)

Mary said...

It has been *so cold* here for the past couple of days (and by that I mean that it's been in the upper 40's, which is artic for NC), and I choose to bundle with layers. Last night I went out with three layers under a sweater, which I then layered under a wool coat and scarf. I do *not* like to be cold.

I love your scarf, btw. It's my favorite shade of yellow!

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Vinda Sonata said...

awesome layering. the grey jacket and the jcrew boots are love!
now i wish there's winter in my country so that i could wear outfit like yours! ;)

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

thank you all for SUCH good ideas! you've inspired a new little project...

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