We are in the heart of layering season and the art of layering rests on a classic formula: a lace slip, a silk blouse, a feminine skirt, a pair of tights, and a beautiful coat. Mixing and layering fabrics with different complementing textures will not only keep you cozy, but also with a feeling of being composed and well-dressed.

As the day unwinds and the temperature changes, you can easily remove a layer of clothing to suit your current environment. Tights can be bundled up and stored in your purse. A silk blouse can masquerade as a pretty scarf tied to the strap of your handbag, if not folded to place inside. A dainty, lace slip works well as a top when you need to shed your blouse or transition from work to a night out. If living in colder climates, a lightweight sweater or cardigan can complement a slip and be rolled to stow in your coat pocket or handbag until needed.

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Shopping can be much simpler if keeping this formula in mind. Look through your closet and you may be surprised to find you already own many of these pieces. Vintage stores are especially likely to have a fine coat or variety of slips that are well-made and original. Once you’ve gathered the aforementioned essentials, mix and match different pieces to create an extensive and versatile wardrobe suitable for a wide range of climates and occasions.

What are your tricks for staying styled even when there’s a chill in the air?

If you enjoyed this article, be sure to also check out “Bundling Up Without The Frump” on page 110 of our latest winter issue.

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  1. The problem is not thew charities. Its you. Fast Fashion is creating landfills of garbage. Its as bit an environmental problem as cars. Charities are not there to find a home for every piece of cheap jhunk you thoughtlessly, and frivolously purchased at H&M. They do manage to rehome some of it, and it is the proceeds thatare then used to help the homeless, and help people with terminal diseases. The people that shop at charities are not necessarily poor. I personaly ONLY buy things at Goodwill or Salvation Army, even though I could easily afford to go to the Mall. I do this because I do NOT want to add to the problem, and also because new clothoing is usually cheaply made even if it costs an arm and a leg. This is what hapopens when styles change every season, and so many articles of clothing are made out of synthetics, whi9ch take thousands of years to biodegrade. I encourage everyone to donate everything you can. Because if you throw it out it goes sttraight into a landfill, and we need to do everything we can to prevent this. Better yet, buy less, and throw away less.

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