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This is how you can embrace winter fashion & adorable cold-weather styles even if winter where you live isn’t really a thing, like here in Honolulu.
I envy people that live in climates that actually have season change, even if it is just a little bit. Fall and winter styles are my favorite kind of fashion. I’m just not as attracted to the summery stuff, which is unfortunate because that’s that stuff that actually works around here.
But I’m not giving up so easily. I have figured out a bunch of ways that I can participate in all the cute fall and winter fashion without dying of heatstroke. I ponder these tips just about every day in the fall and winter seasons so that I can feel with the times, but still breezy and comfy.
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Now let’s get started with how I wear winter fashions in warm climates!
Lightweight versions of winter favorites
Bundling up in cooler times is all about clothing weight. We wear thicker and heavier clothes to keep us warm, and many of those clothes tend to be of a certain aesthetic. These are a few of my favorite alternatives to traditionally “winter” clothes.
Black leggings instead of jeans // I just love the look of crisp black jeans in winter time. In my world, there may be one lucky day in February where temperatures fall enough where I won’t turn to steam wearing black jeans, but I don’t hold my breath on that. Instead, I create looks using breathable cotton leggings. I achieve the same slinky chic look, but without the heft. These leggings from Aerie are my absolute favorites because they are made of 92% cotton so they are breathable and comfy. And most importantly, they are not see-through.
Aerie Chill Leggings >> AMERICAN EAGLE
Crapy, long-sleeve tops // I wear short sleeve shirts and tank tops all the time, and so I enjoy some arm coverage whenever I can. Thankfully fall flannels and other cozy long sleeve styles need not be suffocating. Look for loose-fitting long sleeved tops in thin fabrics and they’ll be just as comfortable as a sleeveless top, (well almost.) For extra cozy vibes, I head for plaids and fall floral prints to really complete the look.
Aerie Plaid Tunic Top >> AMERICAN EAGLE
‘Half bootie’ Mules // I love the look of ankle booties, but they can be rather suffocating for my feet when it’s hot out. I recently hopped aboard the mule trend, and I am hooked! Mules are like mullets, business in the front & party in the back. With these I can have the ankle boot look from the front, but still have plenty of airflow thanks to the open back. The pair I own is from Old Navy, though it seems it is no longer available. These two pairs linked below are similar.
Toms Leila Mule >> NORDSTROM
Splendid Debrah Block Heel Mule >> NORDSTROM
Thin, drapey knits
Nothing says cozy better than sweaters in the winter time. Unfortunately, I’d likely keel over if I wore some of the things I see on fashion bloggers this time of year. In the evenings and perhaps in February, I can get away with wearing thin knit pullovers. If you have a small margin between comfortably cozy and roasting like me, go for knits that are lightweight, but robust enough so that you don’t need another layer underneath for modesty’s sake.
Merino Wool Crewneck Pullover >> GAP
Unlined denim & bomber jackets
When you need warmth, lining is your best friend. That’s pretty obvious. But when you don’t need the warmth, unlined jackets provide the snazzy streetwear look without the discomfort. They’re all talk and no walk, and that’s what I want. Shearling lined denim jackets are all the rage this season. That’s cool, but I’m happy to rock unlined jackets because they’re lighter and breezier. Bomber jackets are totally in as well, and I’ve got options for those too!
Denim Moto Jacket >> GAP
H&M Bomber Jacket >> H&M
Ankle boots with short shorts
One of my favorite combinations. Even when it’s hot, I can get away with wearing ankle boots when my calves are exposed allowing my ankle some much needed airflow. I pair this with a thin plaid shirt like the one mentioned above, and I have a very cute, fall inspired look without feeling like a walking swamp.
Wispy scarves with tank tops
Scarves are quintessentially fall. But they can feel totally constricting when it’s too warm out. Try reaching for scarves made out a tissuey material and that aren’t too large. You can wrap it up just enough to get a cozy look, but you won’t be drowning in layers upon layers of stuffy material.
I especially love layering light scarves over breezy tank tops. The cool nature of the tank counterbalances the extra warmth from the scarf. Plus, the scarf adds some cute detail to an otherwise basic look.
AEO Shredded Scarf >> AMERICAN EAGLE
Old Navy Slub-Knit Luxe Tank for Women >> OLD NAVY
Lightweight pieces in fall & winter jewel tones
I’m talking cobalt blue, emerald green, royal purple, and burgundy. If all else fails, I grab clothes in these festive colors and I feel instantly ‘faux cold weather’ ready. One of my favorite ways to sport this style is by wearing a pair of jewel colored flowy shorts; it’s the best of both worlds. I also go for silky tops that feel cool on the skin, but still give off that cold weather vibe thanks to a rich color.
High Waisted Pleated Swing Shorts in Artichoke >> EXPRESS
Two Pocket Rolled Sleeve V-Neck Blouse >> EXPRESS
Make a statement with the details
Sweaters, coats, jeans, and boots all begin looking the same after a while, and so fashionistas depend on details to add dimension and individualism to everyday looks. Some of these include large statement buttons and brooches, bold statement necklaces, stacked bangles, and more. I don’t actually have to worry about that, but I still follow the trend by adding bold details to whatever I am wearing. If you’re conservative in this department like me, perhaps start by bumping up your ‘bling’ factor with a few extra pieces of jewelry added to your outfit.
Express Hi-Neck Floral Ruffle Blouse >> EXPRESS
Baublebar Aimee Y-Choker >> NORDSTROM
That’s all for today!
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