I love light colours, flowy fabrics and embroidery. I also live in a city that sees below 0 temperatures at least 5 months of the year. Luckily, I’ve found a way to make my peace between those two things. Here’s my little guide on how to let a little feminine, summer aesthetic live in your winter wardrobe, or as I so cleverly put it (modest, I know), how to grow some flowers in your winter wardrobe.
* items marked with an asterisk have been given to me free for review
Thankfully, layering is back in style in full force. I can’t say I ever reaaaally let layering go, but now that it’s more mainstream again there’s a loooot more variety to play with. My favourite take on the layered look is layering shift dresses over long-sleeves (it doesn’t make sense with a short sleeve! why bother!)
This white roll neck top is a staple in my winter wardrobe. It’s one of those pieces that goes with virtually anything. I can always throw it on when I don’t know what to wear, and it’s a really useful basic pieces to have when putting together outfits. Here, the white pairs nicely with the baby pink, and the high neck line gives the outfit a more wintery feel.
I skipped past ‘a little hint of summer’ and jumped straight to a heck of a lot of it when I opted for this pastel toned shift dress. The dress has itsy bitsy embroidered flowers (SO CUTE), thin straps, and lace trim along the neckline and hem. It’s VERY summery, and adorable. The colours compliment each other, and the fabrics aren’t too harshly different so the pair work well together as an outfit. That being said, the outfit definitely needs some more hints of winter – and a little more warmth factor.
At the very last minute I found these lilac coloured striped tights in my drawer and they worked perfectly. Lilac is one of those colours that works well for both summer and winter. It’s very flowery (duh) which gives it a summery feel, but it’s still cool toned so, when worn in a wintery context, it doesn’t look too out of place. I thought it was a nice way to bridge the gap between the summer and winter aspects of my outfit.
To really breath some winter warmth into this outfit, I decided to add some very thick, very fluffy socks. These are a staple for the winter, whether you’re just wearing them around the house or under winter boots. I’m not even sure where this exact pair came from, I just have a bunch of random ones that I keep for extra chilly days.
Last but not least, I added an antler necklace, because I love it and because I think the antlers give the outfit a sly outdoorsy, wintery feel, while the delicate silver meshes well with the feminine side of things.
I also wore my biggest, bestest pair of glasses to give the outfit just a little extra pizzazz. They’re funny and I love them.
top: New Look, sold out, similar – asos
dress: Tobi – Petal to the Metal shift dress
tights + socks: I’ve had these forever, but you could find similar ones at your local Winners, TK Maxx, Target or Primark.
necklace: etsy antler necklace
glasses: eyebuydirect shanghai frames
If you want to bring a little lighthearted, summer style into your winter wardrobe, opt for pieces that are easy to blend with more traditionally winter bits, or pieces that work for both seasons. Winter pieces that are easy to pair with summer styles: anything white, light fabrics, things that have subtle winter motifs like snowflakes, sparkles and sequins, things that blend light colours with heavy fabrics, and things that blend summer motifs (like flowers or embroidery) on wintery fabrics or colours.
Do you like to blend winter/summer aesthetics? How do you prevent your winter wardrobe from getting too drab? Give me your advice in the comments!!!!