I'm from Florida, so dressing warmly is still a learning process (I didn't own a jacket heavier than a windbreaker until college). I've slowly built up my jacket repertoire to include a black velvet blazer, a red double-breasted peacoat with military details and a serious Northface.
I sometimes wear a jacket over short sleeves. This is to cover up that layers are a deficiency in my wardrobe.
I have my eye on a few pieces, a Target standard cardigan in a solid color, an open cardigan that can be belted and, as a splurge, a Michael Stars long-sleeved piece.
I'll buy long-sleeved shirts to get more mileage out of my shorter-sleeved wardrobe. I've seen J.Crew tissue tees, great for layering, at outlet stores for a cheaper price.
Thermal sets are another way to stay warm. I saw a few affordable ones at American Eagle this weekend.
Layering can add depth to an outfit by mixing prints and solids. I've seen Free People pair a romper with a floral long-sleeved shirt and a brown belt, which looks great. Mixing like-colored prints should be done at your own discretion -- and never more than two prints at a time.
I've been searching for that perfect suit for three years. I've mixed separates by pairing a loaned blazer with a black skirt or pants, but never bought a full suit. I've gotten a start by perusing suits at Ann Taylor that are within the range I'm looking to spend on an investment such as this.
I'll wear mine to important meetings or business-related events, so it should be in a neutral color that will show seriousness and professionalism. It should make a subtle, not bold, fashion statement.
Because it's my first suit, I'll stay away from three-quarter sleeves or trendy details that would date it. I'll probably go with a suit with a skirt and a tapered waist.
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