black dress: gap
bright green tee: gift
green tank: old navy
boots: j crew
earrings: made by friend
Welcome to Winter Style Project Part 3--layering. Because layering is perhaps the most important cold-weather sartorial skill, this week will be dedicated to different types of layers. Today's Part 3.1 is light layers. Today I repurposed a very summery dress for below freezing temps. Because I hate the feeling of my clothes being "scroogy" (a family word meaning one's layers are twisted up or too bundled and hence restrict movement), layering several light pieces helps to modify summer clothes into winter ones to keep me warm and comfortable.
Here I layered four basic pieces: tank, long-sleeved shirt, dress, and sweater. The tank and long-sleeved tee are both close-fitting so they don't rumple or wrinkle under the dress (if you need more help on this, Sal did the most inspired and informative post on layering without lumps yesterday). I wrapped the dress tie around the sweater to highlight my waist and to prevent the bow from looking lumpy under the sweater in the back. A shorter sweater works well on a dress like this, because the empire waist band hits about in the middle of the sweater. A longer sweater tied under the breastbone ends up making my torso look too long. I also love the way the bright green shirt peeps out from the wrists of the darker sweater (but layering with bright colors is an entry for another day...)
Superthick tights (and of course, smartwool socks inside the boots) keep my legs and feet warm. Off for another busy day of paper writing. Do you guys repurpose summer dresses, too? What are your tricks? I am genuinely eager to know (and I may just highlight your idea in my Winter Style Project)!