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.
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.
But you can also tuck in a sweatshirt or other top, even with your athleisure looks.
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.
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.
Similarly, adding a belt is a great way to literally pull your look together while also adding interest and texture.
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.
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.
Or you can use the third piece to create an elongating and slimming column of color underneath.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wear a Piece of Statement Jewelry
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.
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.
You might want to check out this week’s video about What to Wear Dining Outside this Fall & Winter for more ideas.
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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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