This post is in collaboration with Talbots and Stylinity. All opinions are my own.
When I was cleaning out my closet this weekend, I realized how many items I actually had in my closet. One of my goals for the next couple of months is to see how I can start to incorporate the items I currently have into new outfits. I know I’ve said it before and I honestly do mix and match certain pieces, but I am really going to try and make this a point, especially for my workwear. (I may have a habit of wearing the same pieces styled the same way to work, because, well it’s easy…)
This also happens to be a good season to try out different trends because the weather is so unpredictable and layering is my best friend. So, here goes my first blog post attempt at wearing one dress, three different ways for three different climates.
It’s Still Warm Where I Live…
Most of the time, I would tell you this is my situation – Texas is proving me wrong this year, so can we just pretend? If it’s still fairly warm outside and you don’t need to layer, this amazing tweed dress (which is currently 30% off during Talbots’ Friends & Family Event) makes for the perfect work wardrobe staple. Because it’s tweed, the white gives it extra dimension (so I’m not always wearing a LBD to work), but it’s still extremely classic.
And don’t even get me started on the cut – it’s by far one of the most flattering cuts on almost everyone. With short sleeves and an A-line skirt, it doesn’t get much better! Talbots is one of my go-to spots for finding expertly fit workwear that feels classic with a bit of a modern twist, which makes it fit in today’s corporate environment.
For this type of weather, I think that the best to let the dress be the star of the show. Personally, I paired it with a pair of nude pumps (or flats) and a neutral bag for a day of important meetings in the office. The little fringe detail on the sleeve was a nice addition and I love to show it off, but if your office is on the colder front, you could also throw a colored cardigan or blazer over it for versatility.
Fall recently hit…
If only the weather would stay like this forever. I love waking up in the morning and it being crisp and then warming up throughout the day. It’s also the height of football season, the start of the holiday season and I could talk for days about my love for pumpkin spice everything – but let’s stay focused on the clothes, Emily….
To change it up for the fall, I decided to add a 3/4-length black cashmere cardigan to the dress. One of the things I love most about cashmere is that it helps to regulate temperatures – if you’re in an extremely cold climate, it will keep you warm, but you won’t overheat when it warms up later in the day. I don’t know how it happens (I’m sure there’s some science behind it all), but it makes dressing during this variable time of year easier. Personally, I decided to add tights because I love the look together, but this time of year, I think you can go both ways – depending on how chilly it is by you.
Going back to the cut of the dress, I think it plays a critical role in how I can layer items and change up the look (aka. achieving my goal of mixing and matching more). Because the skirt is A-line, once the sweater is placed on top, the dress looks almost like a skirt and I don’t think anyone would notice that it’s actually two separate pieces.
I’m not ready for the Winter to start…
This was always the feeling I got when I lived in Indiana. Don’t get me wrong, the first snowfall was absolutely amazing and I thought it looked beautiful for all of a week before I was ready for the cold to go away….hence why I now live in the South where the city shuts down if there is a chance it’s going to snow. One of the most important lessons I learned during my four winters in the Midwest was that layering was absolutely necessary when dressing for the chilly, snow-filled days.
Since I was trying to layer, as much as possible, I stuck with the tights underneath to protect my legs from the air and threw on a blazer over the cashmere sweater to provide an additional layer of warmth. I personally prefer to wear flats to the office, but I think this outfit would also look adorable with a pair of leather or suede boots.
What’s your favorite weather to dress for? Let me know in the comments below. And be sure to shop all of my looks here and check out my Talbots’ coupon page for a promo code to save $$ on your next Talbots purchase! Happy mixing and matching, friends!