I'm starting to think that when it comes to seasonal dressing one can never get a break. I say this because I'm currently sitting inside, away from the sun and humidity, and ironically freezing. Now I've mentioned this before in posts but suffice it to say, you really can never be prepared. When temperatures fluctuate from 60 to 90 what's a girl to do? Be ready with lots and lots of options.
Layers are an excellent way to stock your closet. And I don't just mean cardigans, girls! I mean leggings (under dresses), tanks beneath flowy blouses and cute 3/4-sleeved jackets and shrugs for over tee's and tops. These are all things that can be worn throughout the seasons which makes their cost-per-wear quite reasonable.
Below I've taken it upon myself to not only find great sale items (the best time of year for that) but I've also added in the challenge of making sure whatever I'm suggesting will be just as fashionable in
2008 as it is right now.
Where did I begin? At my favorite discount designer website bluefly.com of course. First up, this brilliant orange top by Rachel Pally. The design is perfect when worn under a cute khaki jacket in the summer or over a thick, textured turtleneck in the winter. Also on bluefly.com is short sleeved gold jacket by Generra which is ideal in any climate. Wear a long sleeved black top underneath in the winter and in the summer, button it up over a simple cotton shirt.
Moving along, American Apparel, long a favorite of college grads and thrifters alike, has upped the anti with one of the largest selections of tights and leggings around. Seriously, look no further than the jersey placket version with cute calf buttons or the acrylic cable-knit legging. If you're a one-stop shopper like me then pick up other essentials like this unisex wide striped cardigan and baby rib 8-button pullover.
Finally, for an extra special selection you can't beat Nordstrom.
There is something ultra appealing about their collections lately.
Especially the Marc by Marc Jacobs (of course anything by him is brilliant)! This sweater is especially hip because it's bulky and baggy. The design makes for a cozy wear while the extra wide arms are any girls dream (hides everything) during the summer and winter months. Equally appealing for evening soirees is this Wilster knit jacket with bow. The color is neutral enough while the cut makes it convenient to wear both open and closed.