As difficult as it is to believe when the thermometer still reads above the 95-degree mark, cool weather is coming. For many of us, the change in the temperature means a change in wardrobe. And while it is exciting to pull those expensive boots out of the closet, wrap a scarf casually around your neck, or slip into a pair of leggings, it can also be difficult to know how it all works together.
For those of us who are fashion challenged, there is help. Here are a few dos and don’ts when it comes to coordinating cool weather clothes.
Do wear leggings with long tops and dresses
Remember that leggings are not pants, and often hug the body much closer than pants or jeans. Because of that reason, Kelly Gartner Style recommends wearing them with clothing items that hit just above the knee. This could be a tunic, a long sweater, a dress, or a long, buttoned-down shirt.
Don’t wear leggings that are too thin
Even if you are wearing a long sweater or tunic over your leggings, it’s important to still have coverage. Make sure your leggings are thick, especially in the colder months. It is okay, according to Kelly Gartner Style, to wear thinner, colored leggings in the warmer months, as long as they are worn with dresses or longer tops.
Do stick with a neutral color
Boots are a great staple in any wardrobe, and if you want to get a lot of use out of them it is probably a good idea to stick with a more neutral color. Not only will they go with more than just one outfit, but you will get your money’s worth.
Don’t wear boot-hiding tops
While boots are best worn with long tops and sweaters, it is important not to wear a top or dress that covers the top of the boots you’re wearing. You want there to be a separation of at least six inches between the bottom of your top and the top of your boots
Do wear a scarf that fits your body type
Scarves are not only useful when the weather turns cold, but they can be a versatile fall fashion accessory that can dress up any outfit. But although they can go with many pieces in your wardrobe, it’s important to wear the right size scarf for your body type. If you a short-statured person (I prefer vertically-challenged), then you will want to avoid long, heavy scarves that might make you look as though you threw grandma’s favorite blanket over your shoulder. And if you’re tall, spring for a longer scarf.
Don’t leave your scarf a knotted mess
Sometimes, in an effort to keep scarves an easy accessory, we can hurriedly tie them on, creating a knotted mess below our necks. Make sure you take the time to tie your scarf properly, so that it will compliment your outfit. Made2Style offers a tutorial on scarf-tying so you won’t commit any fashion faux pas.
Jessa is the Editor-in-Chief of Hooray for Family and the mom of two energetic children. She has a BA in Mass Communication/Journalism from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and is a long-time resident of Central Texas. When she isn't writing and editing, she enjoys running around with her kids, teaching Sunday school and channeling her creativity into craft projects and home decor.