Towards the end of summer, a day comes where I gather up all my summery garments and pack them into a giant space bag. As I vacuum all the air from the plastic storage unit, I can't help but think that's probably how my soul looks like when the weather turns cold — all shriveled and heavy, holding the remnants of sunshine...
That said, not all of my summer clothes get put away and. As any snappy dresser knows, layering is key. Lighter-weight garments are especially useful when the weather can't seem to make up its mind like the week before Christmas that weirdly feels like late September. (Seriously, there's some Twilight Zone weather happening in my weird little sector of North America.)
Over the years and with some sartorial experimentation, I've found a few ways to give my favorite summertime garments new life in the colder months. Without further babbling, here are the summer pieces I refuse to give up and the ways I make them work throughout the year.
1) Wear All Your Favorite Summer Staples Over A Turtleneck
As soon as the leaves start turning, all I want to wear are turtlenecks. Thin cotton ones, like this one from Uniqlo, are my go-to for layering and added warmth. I love wearing them under everything - a light sundress, a jersey wrap dress, OVERALLS (which I love in the Summer and in every other season too).
I have three black cotton turtlenecks in my wardrobe and one merino wool one, which means I am never at a loss when it comes to layering options. If you don't have one already, it's time to take the plunge into being chic AND comfy already.
2) Wear Your Moto Jacket Like A Cardigan (And, Please, Don't Wear Cardigans)
While a slim-cut motorcycle jacket is totally acceptable outerwear on a cool Summer night or through most of the Fall, you may think you need to give it up in favor of a heavier coat once it gets cold.
Don't retire it just yet — I throw mine into my daily clothing sandwich for the ultimate inner layer of warmth (see above: I put my wool-lined trench coat over top of the above outfit to keep warm during a chilly late November day). In my opinion, it is so much better looking as an indoor topper than some boring-ass cardigan. (Sorry, cardigan-lovers, but they leave a lot to be desired. Even the simplest, seemingly nondescript button-down cardi might seem ok, but to me ... they can be a real snooze.)
Moto jackets rush to the rescue for those times when you're saying NO to the after school special look and HELLO to bein' cool.
3) Wear Socks And Sandals Shamelessly
People hate on this trend incessantly but I really DGAF. Out on the town in some thick tights under sparkly socks paired with clunky platform sandals, I feel cute as hell and my feet are warm to boot (no pun intended).
Hate all you want, if I think my feet look good, then they damn well look good. And BONUS: I don't have to worry about whether or not my pedicure is chipped.
Now it's your turn! Show me your favourite Summer item that you've repurposed and are making look divine in the Wintertime. Or let's just talk about how creepy this weather is, because I'm really sad that this Christmas is going to be so ... mild.