How To Layer Your Maxi Dress For Cool Weather

The transition from winter to spring has begun, but the temperatures aren’t quite rising yet.  I felt like getting creative with a strapless maxi, so I styled it here for colder weather.  I just bought this dress on sale at Macy’s.  It’s by Denim & Supply, and the fabric is really soft and flowing.  The print is more wintery, but the top of the dress is low-cut and strapless which isn’t ideal for January, even here in So Cal.  Rather than going the obvious route and adding a jacket, I styled it first with a sweater (for cooler temperatures) and then a simple tee (for milder temperatures).

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First I layered the dress with a chunky sweater then added a statement pendant to anchor the look.  My feet kept warm and cozy with fleece socks and moto boots.  These are my current fave boots (by Dolce Vita), I’ve been wearing them all winter!  For truly cold weather, you could make this work by adding thick tights and topping off with a long (calf-length) coat.

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For warmer climates, a tee shirt works wonders!  It’s the perfect bit of something extra if you don’t want bare arms.  I liked the idea of pairing navy with black and red, so I opted for this cute v-neck tee with a pocket (adds a little interest to boot).  However this shirt is actually quite long and slouchy, so I “cropped” it by ruching it up and securing the back.  (Use a hairband to secure then tuck in the tail and it will stay put all day.)  The fit is much more flattering when the tee nips in at your natural waist.  It would not have looked good if I wore the shirt loose, trust me.  In this case I accessorized with shimmering jewel earrings and some fabulous wedge sandals.  I love these wedges by Joe’s Jeans…they’re super cozy and sturdy!

ALSO, I’m in love with Lime Crime’s velvetine lipstick in “cashmere” which I wore for this shoot.  If you like nude and/or matte lips you will adore this color so seriously BUY IT NOW!!

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