Cozy and Chic: How to Tailor a Winning and Warm Fall Wardrobe

by Cathy Starnes 

When the temperature starts to drop, it’s easy for wardrobes to start falling, too and cozy quickly turns to frumpy. While the colder months definitely deserve an extra dose of warm and comfy, there are some simple tweaks that can be made to ensure that a dash of chic is always present in your fall wardrobe.


Try layering a couple of soft, light weight knits rather than wearing one heavier sweater. For example, pair a long sleeve cashmere v-neck underneath a cape style cardigan and you’ll get the warmth without the bulk. This is also an opportunity to bring more style to your fall look by mixing prints, textures or colors for added interest.


After many seasons of flowing styles, waists are making a come back. Use a belt to cinch in your cozy layers to create a tailored look. Add a flair of personality to your outerwear by swapping out the matching belt of your coat for a bold statement belt that expresses your personal style.


Fall is the perfect time to play with texture. Explore adding a leather jacket or even a leather skirt, fur trim or a fur scarf to your wardrobe. These textures will add a major dose of style to your fall look and keep you feeling glamorous even when you’re all bundled up.


Don’t forget to top things off with a scarf. Always chic and always cozy, a scarf is the perfect finishing piece for your looks all season long. It’s also an excellent place to add that pop of color, second print or texture to your outfit.


With all the bundling, it’s easy to skip the step of layering your jewelry on top, but these final touches are the key to taking your style to the next level. Layer a tassel necklace over your sweater, add a pair of bold drop earrings that will pop between your scarf and hat, put on a statement ring and you’ll instantly feel a bit more chic.


While it’s tempting to slip into your coziest pair of boots every morning, chic footwear can go a long way in elevating your entire look. Each fall, invest in one new fabulous pair of boots that make you feel amazing. Look for unique details like perforated leather or a different color such as burgundy, olive or bronze to punch up the many months ahead of day-in and day-out boot wearing.


The final step is to top it all off with a hat that will keep you both warm and stylish.

There’s no denying it takes a little more effort to dress in the colder months; there are more pieces to consider between all the layers and accessories. By putting in that extra effort, though, you’ll strut out your door in the morning with added confidence to live life as your best self, which is the whole point of all this style stuff, anyway!

Cathy Starnes is a personal stylist and the owner of new retail concept, Iris Boutique, which offers unique women’s accessories with a side of
personal styling.



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