How to Layer for Winter in a Warm Climate

How to Layer for Winter in a Warm Climate

Greater Than Rubies

Greater Than Rubies

Greater Than Rubies

Greater Than Rubies

It LIT-terally (Parks & Rec anyone??) just got cool enough here in Texas to start layering without being soaked in sweat by the end of the day. Cue furious applause.

While it’s finally cold(ish) here, I know some of y’all live where it’s warm year round, but you still want to wear layers and dress like it’s fall or winter. And you should!

Here are a few ways to pull off wearing a seasonal look even when the temperatures don’t match.

One: Use colors that are usually associated with the season you’re going for.

I had a couple of people tell me I looked festive in this outfit. It feels very holiday because of the black and white, lace, and red.

To fake a season, try wearing:

  • Spring: pastels, whites, greens;
  • Summer: bright colors, blues, whites, neons, and yellows;
  • Fall: jewel tones, rust, olive, cream, yellows and oranges- a mustard tone feels especially fall-y;
  • Winter: reds, greens, gold, silver, and black. Jewel tones also work really well for winter.

For 12,572* more tips and outfit ideas to dress for fall and winter without dying of heat stroke, click the image below and flip to page 30 to learn:

  • How to use your current closet to make a seasonal transition;
  • Specific examples of mixing textures to create a look for fall or winter;
  • Layering tricks, and more.

L&P October


*Ok, ok, that’s a slight exaggeration, but there are a lot!

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  • Selah @ A Bibliophile's Style November 12, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    The color trick is great, and so true! I gravitate towards pastels and brights in Spring and Summer, and then jewel tones and neutrals in Fall and Winter.
    It’s a very casual look, but I found during the remix that a shirt tied around my waist is a great layering piece! It adds visual interest AND cinches the waist, and it’s not nearly as warm as more traditional layering. For a dressier look, a light cardigan draped over your shoulders works nicely.

    • Caitlin Author November 12, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      Great additions, Selah! You’re absolutely right. Perfect ideas for less-warm layering. Thanks for sharing them with us!

  • Amy G November 13, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    I don’t have to worry about faking fall or winter here (especially winter), but I do use that color trick a little in the spring. We got our first big snowstorm a little early this year – yesterday when it stopped snowing we had just over 3 feet at my house! Crazy! So layering is definitely happening.

    • Caitlin Author November 18, 2014 at 7:51 AM

      That’s nuts! It snowed here yesterday so we’ve been getting to layer no problem, too. Hope you’re staying warm, Amy! :)

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