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Fall & Winter Style Hacks to Elevate Your Look

October 15, 2020

Today we’re continuing with our mini series, Oh So Pulled Together! In this series we’ve simply been learning tips and techniques for creating interesting and modern outfits with the clothes we have in our closet. Along those lines, today I’m sharing fall and winter style hacks to help you elevate your looks during the cooler weather months.

Fall & Winter Style Hacks to Elevate Your Outfits

Really it’s so much easier to pull interesting outfits together in the cooler months simply because we’re working with layers. But I have learned that simply piling on the layers is not generally enough to make your look “oh so pulled together.” Remember, a little effort translates as chic and pulled together. So when you demonstrate that you did indeed do a little work you’ll look more finished and polished.

Here are a few fall and winter style hacks that can go a long ways toward completing your look. I like to try to incorporate one to three each time I get dressed.

Partially or Fully Tuck Your Top

Even a sweater outfit can benefit from a simple tuck in the front. Not only does this tuck generally (on most body proportions and shapes) create a more pleasing proportion, but it also demonstrates effort and thought.

Girlfriend Jeans
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But you can also tuck in a sweatshirt or other top, even with your athleisure looks.

Ways to Wear Joggers this Fall
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If you’re worried that your waistline prevents you from being able to tuck, well, first of all, rethink that. You do not have to have a flat tummy and tiny waist to tuck. I’ve seen far too many gals in our Private Facebook try it who, like me, do not have a tiny waist, and they’ve pulled it off beautifully. Seeing their before and after pictures is truly convincing.

Ways to Wear Joggers this Fall
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But if you’re still not convinced, then simply try it when you wear a jacket or cardigan. That outer layer helps hide a “multitude of sins” and creates a pleasing silhouette.

Belt It!

Similarly, adding a belt is a great way to literally pull your look together while also adding interest and texture.

Pink Sweater (6)
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I definitely suggest a reversible belt as a closet staple. But it’s also fun to have a patterned or colorful belt or two as well.

Leopard Print Tee
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Add a 3rd Piece

Maybe this goes without saying, but adding that third piece, such as a blazer, cardigan, vest or ruana, can definitely add interest and texture to your outfit. Still, you want to choose wisely.

For instance, you can use that third piece to emphasize a color you’re wearing.

Eclectic & Fun
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Or you can use the third piece to create an elongating and slimming column of color underneath.

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And when you choose a top layer, make sure that it works well for your body shape and proportions. You can learn more about discovering your body shape here and your proportions here. You can learn more about dressing your body shape here and your proportions here.

flyaway cardigan
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But a few details we all want to be aware of are the placement of pockets, the overall bulk of the garment, the shoulder and arm bulk and any extra hardware that may detract from the look or add visual weight. I think the flyaway cardigan above checks all the right boxes. It’s lightweight, has a beautiful drape and features well placed pockets that don’t add visual weight.

Bonus style hack: Cuff Your Sleeves – You can roll them, turn them up or double cuff. Create the kind of look you choose. I suggest cuffing or double cuffing when you want a more polished look. But just roll them up and make them a little messy if you want to make a look more casual and modern.

Layer a Sweater Over a Shirt

Again this may sound like a no-brainer, but I sometimes forget how pulled together this combination can look. Especially if I take the time to use a few more styling hacks.

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In the photo above, I’ve also left the shirt tail hanging out from under the shirt. This is a great way to add interest and a casual vibe to an otherwise stuffy look.

Check the tips for dressing your body proportions. You don’t want to do this if you have a long torso, but if you have a short torso it’s a great way to elongate your upper body. Also if you are exceptionally wide across the hips, you probably don’t want to add that extra line with the untucked shirt. Instead, you’ll want to tuck in both layers at the waist to lift the focus there.

Go Monochrome

I love creating monochrome looks year round, but it’s so much easier in the fall and winter. Why? Because one of the keys to creating the best monochrome looks is to use multiple textures in your outfit.

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The look above includes corduroy, cashmere, suede, leather and antique gold. Don’t forget to layer on the textures when you go monochromatic.

Add a Pretty Scarf

It is still (and I think always will be) fashionable to tie on a pretty scarf. While I still have a few infinity scarves in my closet, they’re really not as “in” as they once were. You’ll get more bang for your buck if you simply tie a pretty rosette or simple knot with a square scarf or drape on a longer one.

Classic and Smart
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I will be sharing how to tie the little rosette above in an upcoming video. Meanwhile, I may hop on our Facebook group to share this little trick sometime soon.

Bonus style hack: Add some interesting shoes – Choose shoes that will coordinate with several different outfits, but that add interest and personal style. I think leopard print shoes are such a great addition to any wardrobe, but you could also wear colored shoes.

Eclectic & Fun
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Wear a Piece of Statement Jewelry

Accessorize to Maximize
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You can choose jewelry that coordinates and maximizes your outfit like I did above.

Or you can go with a piece of jewelry that makes a bold statement on its own, as I did below.

Bold & Sassy
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Consider Your Outerwear as an Accessory

At some point most of us need to add a coat to our outfits. Don’t just layer on warmth. Consider your coat as part of your outfit. This year especially, as we have to do more of our gathering outside, we’ll want to count our outerwear as an accessory at least.

Sweater Weather Outfit
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You might want to check out this week’s video about What to Wear Dining Outside this Fall & Winter for more ideas.

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I’m sure I could add other style hacks that are particularly great to use during the fall and winter, but I better draw this post to a close. Do you have other ways you enjoying pulling your fall and winter outfits together beautifully? I’d love for you to share those below.

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Blessed for My Day

The story of Jesus feeding the multitude in John 6 is full of rich teachings about our Lord. After we learned that it was His idea to fee the people who had gathered to hear Him teach all day, we see that a boys small lunch was brought to Him. But let’s not move through the process so fast that we miss the next treasure.

Jesus had the people sit down to be fed. He didn’t instruct them to “do” anything to receive the food He would provide. Instead they were to rest on the ground while He provided for them. Today Jesus also asks us to rest in His provision as He satisfies our hungry souls. We do not need to work for that which does not satisfy – as so many of us do. Instead we need to take a load off and trust that “God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

“There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?” Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men at down, in number about five thousand. Jesus then took the loaves, and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted.  ~ John 6:9-11

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13 thoughts on “Fall & Winter Style Hacks to Elevate Your Look

  1. Wow, Kay, I love all of these style hacks! All are wonderful looks! It’s still not fall (100 degrees) here in Scottsdale, AZ, but I am looking forward to eventually being able to layer with a sweater or jacket. Your Blessed for My Day was beautiful! Thank you!

  2. I don’t know if it’s just because I love fall and sweaters – but I have loved yesterdays video and today’s helpful ideas!
    I especially love seeing scarfs – I’m terrible about tying them but I love the extra color they bring to an outfit. The one with your red blazer really tied the outfit together.

    and just a side note – you have a beautiful smile!

    1. Ahh, thank you, Suzy. Yes, I love fall too. And the pretty clothes are part of the whole package right along with the cooing temperatures, the colorful leaves and the pumpkin everything! ? ? ?

    1. Hahaha! I tried wearing it that way this summer and eventually returned to my straight style because it was just more work. But my hair has a good bit of natural wave, so I would let it air dry a good while then finish drying with the diffuser attachment, scrunching as I went. I also used the styling mousse I shared in this post Then I would use a curling wand to perfect a few curls on the top layer.

  3. I can go for the preppy look like the brown sweater with chambray shirt but I wear a Vee neck so it a bit more open. I love the scarves too and the pink sweater with the pink shoes. I love the all brown look because brown just seems more friendly right now than black.

  4. Great style hacks, Kay! I appreciate all that you do to assist ass of us in dressing our best for our day.

  5. Loved all of those looks unfortunately can’t do any until at least November if not December. My first day of fall was 102 degrees ? lol ! Might actually try a Ruana this winter as my wardrobe is Jean jacket , blazers and cardigans!