It’s barely fall, but if you’re anything like I am you’re already pining for the tiny, flowing dresses of summer. Blame it on my rebellious inner child, but something about not being able to wear them makes me want to wear them all the more. So the second I saw a single ray of sun today (a rarity in recent history), I was already throwing on this little baby doll dress and contemplating ways to make it work for the 40-ish degree weather. [Side note: Had someone told me six months ago, as I laid out in the San Diego sun, that soon I’d be wearing the above look in anything other than a balmy 65 I’d have had them committed.]
With busier pieces like this dress, it’s usually pretty crucial to maintain a sense of balance by keeping your other pieces more basic. Colors like this deep wine cardigan and spruce green beanie are vampy and earthy respectively, perfect for toning down bright palettes. Knit socks create instant coziness, while their knee height = sultry f’sho. Pop those be-socked feetsies into killer shoes and you’re good to go. I opted for velour platforms in a similar deep wine as my sweater.
- Keep skimpy little dresses in season by pairing them with deep colors
- Tights, leggings, and socks of varying lengths help cover skin and keep you toasty without compromising cuteness
- Try a chunky infinity scarf, oversized flannel, and good pair of combat boots to bring some grunge to otherwise innocent dress silhouettes
- Mix textures. Leather, fur, knits – pick and choose to help add warmth, interest, and effortless style