Wednesday, January 22, 2014

#123, How to Dress Cute Even When the Weather is Too Cold to Care

I don't know about you, but in the below freezing temperatures that we keep getting here in Pittsburgh, I don't feel like getting out of bed!  Let alone wearing cute outfits.  I just want to roll out of the warmth of my bed into 12 layers of warm clothes and go.  But unfortunately, life doesn't work like that (if only I had magical powers) and I sometimes need to look "presentable" so I can't exactly be all marshmallowed up, throwing on any warm thing nearby.  So I did some "calculations" and found a formula that makes a cute and warm outfit without really needing to think about it, just like you (hopefully) automatically know that the answer to 1 + 2 = 3.

1 + 2 = 3 is the formula! You only need to pay attention to 3 main pieces of clothing.  Your top, bottoms, and shoes are the key to looking cute while being lazy and staying warm this winter.

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Moleton Skinny Pant $15-24, Cowl Neck Pullover Sweater $15, and Cuffed Combat Boots $28.99, all from Wetseal.

When picking an outfit to throw on, simply pick 1 patterned or colorful piece and 2 neutrals, and you will have easily created a cute outfit!  No need to think about if things go well together because neutrals go well with everything, so no matter what color or pattern you pick, it will always go well with your 2 neutral pieces!  That's why it's so easy!  You can't go wrong!  Trying to match a pattern with a color, 2 colors, or 2 patterns, takes thought if you want them to look good together.  Who wants to spend time thinking when it's so cold that you just want to go back and hibernate in your bed?  Wearing only neutrals is fine too, but it's boring and predictable.  We all know of those people who live by the lyrics, "all black everything", you included Tabatha Coffey from Tabatha Takes Over.

  

Tabatha and her clothes are actually fabulous!  I love her show and follow her on twitter (@tabathacoffey), but the color scheme is super boring to me.

Being that the temperature will be in the negative digits again this week, and snowy, my 3 usual pieces are a sweater, pants (legging/jegging/skinny jean), and boots.  Use cute fashion snow boots, combat boots, riding boots, or even rain boots (anything with a thick rubber sole) to keep the look chic while preventing yourself from slipping on ice or having water seep in.

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If the weather isn't very snowy or icy, nice high top sneakers or sneaker wedges are a cute alternative to boots.

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You can even make this simple look classy by wearing pointy toed riding boots (I think pointy toes class up any outfit).  Take it a step further by adding a skirt and tights as your bottoms.

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Layer whatever you want underneath the main 3 pieces for extra warmth, and get the same amount of chicness.  My favorites are turtlenecks, collar shirts (flannels are the warmest), fleece lined leggings, and fuzzy socks.

Try it! 1 pattern/color + 2 neutrals = 3 peace outfit :-D  Send me your 1 + 2 = 3 combos #123 @doriscclay