Thursday, February 28, 2013

Fashion 101: Weather vs. Season

This past weekend, Punxsutawney Phil, the world's most famous groundhog did not see his shadow hence forecasting an early spring. For some odd reason every Groundhog’s Day my friends and I get into a heated debate about dressing for the weather versus dressing for the season. My best friend instantly wants to pull out the shorts and sandals at the first mention of spring while I’ll wear sweaters until June. Those of us who were fortunate enough to have parents or grandparents remember being scolded for going outside on a nice day in February with no coat because it was “pneumonia weather”. Old wives tale? Maybe. But, what is really the proper way to dress for on unseasonably warm days, those crazy spring days where it begins cold but ends warm, or during the best time of the year known as summer? Never fear, the LBDC team wants to make sure you’re always on the right side of fashion.

Before we begin let’s agree on one thing. There is never any excuse to be overdressed but it is a direct violation of the rules of fashion to be underdressed no matter the season or weather. To dress too plainly or too informally for any occasion is a NO-NO but arriving to work in February with a mini skirt, no pantyhose, and no jacket just because the forecast calls for 70 and sun is attention you don’t want (trust me on this one).

So what’s the answer to transitioning between seasons? LAYERS!!!  Layering your clothing is a tried-and-true way to ensure your comfort no matter the weather. The beauty of this simple concept is that it allows you to make quick adjustments based on changes in the weather.

Layering makes clothes that don’t seem wearable, wearable. Here are few tips to always look FAB no matter what the weatherman says:

§  Stick to a maximum of three layers

§  Wear lightweight pieces under chunky knits and wools.

§  Don’t layer chunky clothes over other chunky pieces. Keep your look slim by picking lightweight fabrics, like cotton jersey, to wear underneath. That way you can add color and warmth without bulk.

§  Show those layers! Make sure that the length of the clothing varies in length (otherwise you just appear bulky)

§  No short-sleeved tee’s over a long-sleeved tee. I don’t care if that look was “in” back in high school. It wasn’t cute then and isn’t cute now!

§  Mix your prints! A cute cardigan over printed tank tops is a great way to incorporate three trends into one, without being overwhelming.

§  Don’t wear two garments with the same style. If you are layering a ruffled shirt with a sweater, avoid using a sweater which also has ruffles.

So that’s it ladies. Master the art of layering and to always be chic but comfortable when going to school, work, or play. Because let’s face it the lady down the street who goes out in the khaki shorts, USC sweatshirt, sports socks, and sandals in February always looks a bit ridiculous.
~Shantell Malachi
Director, LBDC Richmond Chapter

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