Some of my summer favorites also work as winter layers. The tissue-thin summer cotton shirt below is the perfect layer under a V-neck cashmere sweater. Deep navy complements the dark olive Newport pants I purchased last fall. The layers kept me warm beneath my navy trench coat when I shopped for groceries this week.
I’ve been asked many times to publish a list of basics. That list would be different for each person. As our lifestyles change, our essential pieces also change. The look above would have been more common for me a couple of years ago. Now that I have mostly retired, I wear looks (below) that I would rarely have worn before last year.
My best tips? Plan for the colors and fabrics to work together. Neutral solids allow for the most flexibility. Keep proportion in mind as you buy pieces to layer. I bought the cardigan in size large for an oversized fit with slim straight jeans and leggings. I only wear long tops that cover my behind with leggings.
There may be three white tees in different shapes in your wardrobe because you plan to wear them in different ways. The same style may not work for every look. The tee below is very slim and fitted. I will only wear it under a second layer.
I may not wear a full face of makeup when I am home alone on a winter day, but I always use my skincare products here.
The cotton cardigan is one I can also wear on a summer evening over a tank top with white jeans. Above I’m wearing it with a long sleeve fitted tee and knit pants similar to leggings. The pants are great for lounging or going for a walk in warmer weather. Cardigan – Tee – Similar Pants – Shoes – No-Show Socks
Fresh vegetables help me to remain positive on these cold gray days. I’ve been enjoying nourish bowls often. My combo above includes wild rice – cucumber – avocado – charred carrot and cauliflower and sauteed turnip greens, purple cabbage, and leek. I used sea salt, fresh ground pepper, garlic powder, olive oil, and aged balsamic vinegar to top it all off.
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