Fashion

How to Style Tights in the Winter- 3 Outfit Ideas

Now that the winter season is in full swing, its time to layer up! And while wearing layers may include tanks, tees, sweaters, and jackets, this can leave you negligent on covering up your most important asset (pun intended). While heat primary escapes from your head, it also escapes from your extremities; including your hands and feet!

The winter season can be a bear of a time when finding the right outfit inspiration.         Its easy to settle into a routine and unconsciously look like a potato for the next couple months. Which is why there’s no better time to think about the versatility and benefits of exploring tights!

Tights not only allow you to wear that short dress without worrying if you’re overexposing yourself to innocent civilians but, it also can assist in elevating your style instantly! Luckily, there are tons of choices when it comes to tights. Various patterns, densities, and colors to choose from! Personally, I enjoy wearing neutral tones for my complexion and black shades as it coordinates best in my wardrobe. I source majority of my tights in bulk from Marshall’s or T.J. MAXX for the best deal and fit. Enough talking about it- let me show you a few ways I enjoy wearing stockings in the winter!

With my Favorite Jumpsuit

Just because winter has come, doesn’t mean all my favorite pieces have to go! Tights are the best way to coordinate when layering under thinner fabrics in their off season. It not only will keep you warm but, it will extend the wear of some of your favorite items.

I picked up this olive jumpsuit on clearance at the end of summer and didn’t get as much wear as I would have liked. To make it winter appropriate, I added stockings as a base layer, tan square toe Nine West boots, a super warm ivory turtle neck sleeveless sweater dress, and a trench coat I found all at Goodwill!

 

They Look Great with Boots

The high boot & blue jeans look, for me, is not a style I gravitate anymore. Mainly, the thought of adding boots with a thick blue jean, for instance, has the tendency to break up the length of the leg on a person into 4 parts. Depending how short or tall you are, this could end up not working in your favor. I typically pair my favorite riding boots with tights under a dress or skirt that hits just above my knees. It showcases the length of your legs & also shows the beauty of the boots! After all, isn’t that the reason you bought the boots in the first place?

I layered my black tights under a corduroy long sleeve dress, tall suede black riding boots, my thrifted gold chain for a pop of color & Levi’s shearling lined jacket!

 

With a Leather Skirt

The look of a leather skirt in the winter is one of my favorite outfits to put together. The leather (in this case, pleather) adds an element of chic but sassy whenever I wear it. I got this skirt at a charity shop during my trip to London last month and have already worn it more times than I’d like to admit! I love how versatile the hue is when paired with the majority of the items in my closet.

I especially enjoy styling this look with a mock neck sweater, thin black tights and my most recent purchase, suede Talbots ribbon shoes I picked up from Goodwill for $6! For an added flair, I might incorporate my fux fur vest for added texture!

 

And there you have it! Three outfits to incorporate your favorite pair of tights. How do you I like to style tights in the winter? Tell me some of your ideas in the comments below!

-Danielle

 

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10×10 Closet Challenge or Capsule Wardrobe? Which Style Approach Should you Bring to your Closet this Fall & Winter Season?

Now that fall is officially among us, the urges to purchase new clothing items are on every fashionistas brain. “If I only just had THIS sweater in THIS color my fall wardrobe would be complete!”

And while shopping for a few things here and there to add to your existing wardrobe is completely healthy, the underling problem many of us will face is buying in excess and not acquiring only those items that we actually need.

If you scroll through the feed of your favorite fashion blogger(s) you might begin to see repeating hashtags like #10x10challenge and #capsulewardrobe but what is the difference and why is everyone onboard to this fashion bus that I never knew existed. And wait- should I get onboard too?

The answer might actually surprise you; because this time I would say it’s better to follow that crowd on this one.

-Stay with me here-

Check out fashion pieces you need to slay the summer to fall season transition!

10×10 CHALLENGE

Let’s look at both of these wardrobe concepts and their purposes. Starting with 10×10 Challenge. This challenge begin around 2015 with the concept to help encourage creator (Style Bee) to get more creative with her clothes during a 30 Day Shopping Fast. The concept is essentially a micro capsule closet of 10 items that you work with for 10 days, trying new looks and styling your clothes in ways you might not otherwise try! Below is a formula for how beginners can adjust their wardrobe to start the challenge for themselves!

BEGINNER’S FORMULA FOR 10×10 CHALLENGE

  • 2 Pairs of Shoes (1 heel + 1 flat)
  • 4 Tops (Consider pieces that layer well like a fitted long-sleeve, a button-down and a cardigan)
  • 1 Dress
  • 2 Bottoms
  • 1 Top Layer

A few other tips for choosing items:

  1. Check the forecast and pick practical items for the weather.
  2. Don’t give yourself too much time to choose. Try to make the call in under 30 minutes.
  3. Go for an easy, lean or neutral color palette. Think creams, browns, denim, white, black and grey.
  4. Reach for your favorites first and then add one or two pieces you’d like to wear more or aren’t sure about.
  5. Avoid Dry Clean Only items or pieces that are a pain to launder so if need be you can refresh them during the 10 days.
  6. Any accessories or jewelry you add to a look does not count as a part of your 10 items. For example:
    • Hats
    • Bags
    • Scarves
    • Necklaces
    • Gloves
    • Jewelry

SUMMARY: The current 10×10 Challenge officially began on Instagram on October 22, 2018 and will last for 10 days! If you are looking to bring creativity to your wardrobe by placing a number on the limit of items to work with, this challenge is best suited for you! There is a possibility to mix and match outfits that you may have never thought of because you had an abundance of options. This concept I think is better for those who enjoy a strict challenge that disciplines their creativity to work with pieces they already own. Search the #10x10challange for outfit inspiration and start posting today! Challenge ends on October 31!

The Capsule Wardrobe

Now, let’s look at the idea of creating a #capsulewardbrobe. Contrary to the 10x10challanege creating a capsule wardrobe involves gathering a greater number of clothing items that either already exist within your wardrobe or are sourced new (or thrifted). While keeping a minimalist ideology, capsule wardrobes essentially create a “mini-wardrobe” made up of really versatile pieces that you totally love to wear. Each season (spring, summer, fall, and winter), you clear your closet except for a set number of pieces that encompass your capsule wardrobe. The aggregate number between bloggers seem to fall somewhere around 25-40 items, but that number can vary by season and individual personalities.

HOW TO START YOUR OWN

1. Pair down your closet to 25-40 items. (try not to focus too much on hitting a number if you have more pieces that you love in your closet)

2. Wear only those 25-40 items for three months.

3. Don’t go shopping during the season until…

4. The last two weeks of the season, reevaluate your current capsule and shop for your next capsule season.

5. The amount you buy for the next capsule is up to you, but less is more!

SUMMARY: Capsule wardrobes allow for a greater range of pairings and opportunities to mix and match items you already own and love in your closet as well as the flexibility to purchase items once per season to add to your rotation. Similar to the 10x10challange, capsule wardrobes enforce the idea of creativity and challenges you to find your true style instead of following each fast fashion trend as it comes and goes. I have created a capsule wardrobe of my own for fall and am having the most fun in seeing what outfits I can come up with each day! So much so, I have encouraged my boyfriend to transform his wardrobe and try it out for himself!

Search the hashtag #capsulewardrobe on Instagram and Pinterest for outfit inspiration and start posting some of your favorite fall outfits!

Which challenge are you eager to try?

Good Luck,

Danielle

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