Monday, October 3, 2011

Transitional Wear

Change of any kind is stressful on the body and mind.  As we leave Summer behind and launch into Fall, we will experience transitional wear from seasonal change impacting our sleep cycle, metabolism, and mood. But transitional wear doesn't only refer to the stress of change, it also refers to the clothing items we must choose to seamlessly move into the colder months and here's how to do it:

Skinny jeans or leggings:

Although the seventies style flare leg is on trend, the skinny is here to stay. These pants are perfect for those in between days as the fabrics come in light and heavy weights. Skinny jeans or leggings work well with of-the-moment flowy tops with cardigans, color block 3/4 boat necks, and heavy knits.


From sheer knits to chunky yarns, cozy tops are perfect for this weather. Layer them or wear them singly with skinny pants or skirts. Try knits in various cuts, such as a cardigan, long tunic, poncho or the super trendy cape. Put on gloves, scarves, and hats to keep all areas warm and covered.

Skirts or shorts:

These items are both a sophisticated and comfortable choice. Consider in a seasonless wool gabardine or the trendy heavy fitted ribbed knit. Wear tights, leg warmers, or warm boots as the temperature drops.

Sweater dresses:

If you have difficulty crafting outfits, this item is a no-brainer. Just throw on over boots and tights or heels. Layer with a cardigan, peacoat, faux fur vest, or puffer. For accessories, wear a belt, chunky necklace, or colorful scarf. If you are looking for an easy piece that takes up very little room in a closet or suitcase, this is the one to invest in.


This item is perfect to keep you warm without adding bulk. It also doubles as a body shaper and problem area concealer. Try in different patterns, colors, and weights. Wear with classic heels, ankle booties, chunky platforms, knit boots, or wellies.


There is nothing worse than experiencing winter bulk from your clothing, when bending your arms or moving your legs is an impossibility due to fabric constriction. The only thing that may be more uncomfortable is the moving from the outside cold to indoor heat, leaving you breathless and perspiring. Wearing silk underwear, long sleeve t-shirts, camis, and button downs are all wonderful options to fight the cold and still maintain the integrity of your garments.

Hats, gloves, scarves:

Think of these items as cold weather jewelry. Whether in leather or yarn, hats gloves and scarves are ideal to finish the look of your ensemble while keeping you warm. Wear a matching set or mix and match colors and prints. Go trendy or classic, high end or low, these cold weather accessories are the perfect pieces to collect this season.

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