Monday, February 18, 2013

Weathering Winter: Learning to Layer

This past weekend we shopped Chicago (read: tried to stay warm!). Learning to layer and not look like the Michelin Man is a bit of an art form, but cold winters on the lake make for a quick learning curve (especially after the contractors on Lo's job site start referring to her as Ralphie's little brother!). And the shopping was a success: Ralphie's little brother (Lo) was a HUGE help registering for Liz's upcoming wedding! Best sister ever.

Ralphie's brother would agree: It's all about a great scarf.  
(Who needs a jaw line, anyway?) Get the look: 
Jacket: Andrew Marc (old) / Scarf: Zara (old) / Sweater: Loft (old) / 
Shirt: Brooks Brothers / Jeans: Red Engine (The Blue Jeans Bar, Chicago) / Boots: Frye / Bag: Michael Kors (similar here) / Shades: Ray-Ban

Bloomies Break: Comfy boots are Liz's must. Get the look:
Boots: Tory Burch (similar here) / Jeans: J.Crew / Shirt: J.Crew
Sweater: kLd. Signature (similar here) / 
Scarf: Nordstrom Rack (similar here) / Shades: Kate Spade (similar here
Even though we have uniquely different styles, there are several layering basics we absolutely agree on:

1. Invest in scarves you love.  In frigid weather, you will love them even more.
2. Play with pattern: because shape easily gets lost in layers, it's the perfect time to have fun with dots, plaids, and prints.
3. Besides your sister, comfortable boots should be your new best friend.  (Our mom hates when we wear our flats without socks!)  Your ankles will thank you too.
4. A woven, collared shirt under a sweater helps us feel tailored yet still toasty.  (Denims and oxfords keep it casual.)
5. Don't be afraid of color.  (As if we ever are!)  Just because the sky is gray doesn't mean you should be too.

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