Get Dressed/ Wardrobe Warrior
Kristin Booker • January 13, 2012

Real Woman, Real Style: How To Wear Spring Dresses In The Winter

Photo: Kristin Knox of The Clothes Whisperer

I’ve been thinking a lot about getting into more of the fashion side and showing you how you can use real clothes to fit a real body. I’m a real woman above 30 years old with curves, and I wanted to show you how I remix and play around with items in my own wardrobe.

We keep reading about resort collections and these fabulous spring-like fashions that seem destined only for the jet set. As you stare longingly into your own closet and spy that lighter spring dress, your heart yearns for days when the sun is shining and you can wear said frock.

Or, could you wear it now? The answer is yes and I wanted to show you how.

Photo: Kristin Knox of The Clothes Whisperer

This is my way of wearing a warm-weather cotton dress in the dead of winter. The day these photos were taken, it was a balmy (ha!) 31 degrees outside. The trick is to use your spring/summer piece as a layering item along with your other winter staples. This dress, found on sale at Old Navy after Christmas (it was like $4.99 on the clearance rack – LOVE Old Navy) is layered over double-layer black tights and a thermal turtleneck.

Photo: Kristin Knox of The Clothes Whisperer

Add some shoes with attitude and proceed with your day.

Photo: Kristin Knox of The Clothes Whisperer

The jewelry is just to add a bit of rocker style to the look. The hat and coat are both vintage (love that my mother never gets rid of ANYTHING) and the bag is from my new favorite, Monika Chiang.

Photo: Kristin Knox of The Clothes Whisperer

Here’s a breakdown of what I’m wearing:

Photo: Kristin Knox of The Clothes Whisperer

Will this inspire you to pull out your warm-weather clothing in the dead of winter? I hope so. Feel free to think of your closet as a storage house of endless options, regardless of the season. Enjoy!

 

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