How to Keep Wearing Your Warm-Weather Favorites All Winter Long
It’s time to start putting your warm-weather wardrobe to work—365 days a year.
After rewriting the rules of getting dressed, gone are the days of avoiding white after Labor Day and relegating wool to winter. While we fully intend to fawn over florals when spring rolls around and will always look forward to unearthing our cashmere each fall, we now expect the majority of our clothing to be non-season-specific. The planet and our wallets deserve it.
Of course, styling your seasonal pieces for year-round wear is often easier said than done. We’re swooping in to save the day—or at least save you a few minutes on these brisk mornings. Too cold for your favorite sleeveless dress? We say, cozy-ify it. Not sure what to do with that breezy blouse hanging at the back of your closet? Try balancing it out with heavier fabrics.
Below, see seven ways you can take the styles sitting in your closet from warm-weather-friendly to winter-ready.
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The Sophisticated Camisole
A skin-baring silhouette and an off-white palette? In this weather? Trust us. When styled right, your silk cami can work wintery wonders. Priority #1: Balance out your lightweight, light-hued tank with a layer like the Nicki jacket, which is rich in both texture and tone. To complete your chic, neutral look, add cream-colored pants, subtle studs plus a coordinating necklace, and animal-print flats that tie it all together.
The Multi-Talented T-Shirt
Hopefully, you’re familiar with our extensive collection of polished T-shirts. If you’re like me, you live in them year-round (my personal favorites are the classic Leslie T-shirt and the sleek Paige tank). But if you haven’t yet discovered their cold-weather potential, it’s never too late. For the ultimate easy underpinning, go with the Alina T-shirt, which is an almost-sleeveless style that will fit under all your blazers without adding bulk. For a beautiful contrast, try it with a dark-hued suit like the Kati jacket and Horton pants in forest, and incorporate some unexpected texture via the M.M.LaFleur x Sarah Flint Perfect pumps and Kat studs.
The Stretchy Sleeveless Dress
Our scuba material does it all. It’s surprisingly soft and secretly stretchy. It’s sporty and cozy all at once. And yes, it’s machine-washable. For a sleek, snuggly outfit, pair the sleeveless, on-sale Elsa dress with the cashmere Cece sweater. Finish off your cool-toned combination with cool-girl accessories like white leather sneakers and shiny silver hoops.
The Vibrant Yet Versatile Essential
Sunny yellows are not just for sunny days, as proven by the fact that we introduced our chartreuse pieces as part of our fall collection. To style a bright knit like the Choe top for winter wear, pair it with warm, rich neutrals. We recommend going all in on camel with the Yiyan blazer, Smith pants, and Lillian pumps. But don’t stop there: Layer in some shine with the Hugo necklace set and go-to gold hoops.
The Crisp Cotton Shirt
Cotton poplin comes in clutch on hot summer days, but we frequently find ourselves reaching for classic button-downs throughout the winter, too. Why wouldn’t we? A timeless shirt like the Mila is always chic, and you’ll never regret wearing a breathable base layer. Whenever you feel chilly, slip on a luxurious layer like the Snyder jacket. For the rest of your look, embrace your top’s blue stripe with the ink Hockley jeans and lapis Shinique earrings, and keep things crisp with white sneakers.
The Breezy Pants
Our customers who own the Shane pant (including me) will tell you that it’s one of those silhouettes you can’t truly appreciate until it’s on your body. In other words, these Everyday Twill pants are worth wearing any day of the year. Pair them with the cable-knit Somers sweater for an outfit that’s equal parts relaxed and refined, and select pearly white accessories like the Etel earrings and Koio Capri sneakers.
The Strappy Sandal
In many cases, tights and open-toed shoes don’t mix. But when you pair black tights with strappy heeled sandals, your evening ensemble becomes extra elegant. For the star of your leg-lengthening look, pick a silky stunner like the Rashmeen dress, and tie your earrings back to your footwear.