Fall is fast approaching, so winter isn’t far off either! But with fluctuating temperatures comes uncertainty about how to dress.
You wake up in the morning when the temperatures are still chilly and grab your pumpkin spice latte on the way to work. Meanwhile, by the time you leave work for the day, temperatures have risen by 30 degrees. Suddenly you realize that the pretty layered fall look you were sporting today isn’t as appropriate as it was this morning. So what should a person do? That’s where the layering glory comes in. In the morning, just throw on a few extra layers and you’ll be ready to take on the morning. As the afternoon and evening roll in, those extra layers can start to fade. To make the most of this season, we’re discussing some must-have basics to add to your wardrobe today, including a kimono, blazer, scarf, boots or camisole. These pieces will be your best friend this year as you try to adjust to mother nature’s mood swings.
Let’s start with a kimono. Kimonos are fun and easy basics to wear with a dress, t-shirt or blouse. Kimono are traditional Japanese clothing and the national dress of Japan. The kimono is a cross-front garment with square sleeves and a rectangular body.
Although these are old clothes that the Japanese have worn for years, they have recently made a comeback for women to wear on a daily basis. Kimonos are usually 100% cotton or silk. They are available in different colors and patterns and usually have a beautifully embroidered design on the piece. Kimonos can be layered over a casual tee with jeans and sneakers or dressed up with a fun dress and wedges. This allows you to take the kimono off if the weather starts to warm up, or you can leave it on if it’s freezing cold in the air. Kimonos are beautifully designed items that are loved by many and perfect for your fall wardrobe this year.
Blazers are another great option to throw on when the weather can’t decide. A blazer can be worn with a t-shirt for a casual look, but the blazer takes it up a notch! Blazers can also be worn over cute summer dresses as a transitional piece or worn with a blouse and trousers for a professional work-appropriate look. Slip on a pair of flats or even boots to complete the look that you can wear from day to night.
Who doesn’t love a good scarf? They are an extra accessory, similar to a necklace or earrings, and can really complete an outfit. Or, if you’re working with a more neutral outfit, a scarf can add that pop of color or dimension that would otherwise just be a ho-hum look. Scarves are also great because they can be worn around the neck, used as a hair band or as a belt with jeans or pants. Scarves can also be attached to a purse or purse for that extra little boost.
Camisoles are another must-have layering piece. They can be worn under a blouse or top for extra warmth or length, or on their own. And if you’re okay in a place where the weather can change quickly throughout the day, camisoles are great to slip on and pair with a kimono, cardigan or blazer. Camisoles can be found in almost any color and are comfortable to boot. Slip on any shoe, from riding boots to sandals, and you’re set.
Riding boots aren’t new to the fashion scene, and they’re no longer just for ranchers. Riding boots are a great shoe option when you’re not too sure what to expect. For cooler weather, pair your riding boots with jeans or leggings, throw on a t-shirt and kimono, or a fun blouse or sweater. The boots can also be worn with a fall dress, providing a bit more protection from the elements while still looking like a star in a dress.
Whatever style or items you end up with this fall, just try to remember to keep it versatile! Nothing is worse than buying new clothes, only to find that they can only be worn for a few days per season. Instead, see what parts you have from last season that might still work, then buy a few new parts to add to the mix. It will make you feel like you have a million dollar wardrobe! And you don’t have to start completely from scratch to get there. Find the pieces you love and wear them with confidence!
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