Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Battling cold weather in a dress


But not just any dress...

The basis of my favourite warm-yet-stylish cold weather outfit, is the knit dress.

Criticized by many for being too body-conscious, the reality is that if you find the perfect one for your figure, the knit dress can be really flattering. I personally swear by this A-line one by Zara. I actually own it in camel and in grey as well and they all get tons of wear every time the weather gets nasty.

But sometimes even a knit dress isn't enough. Sometimes, I just want to layer like crazy to make sure I don't freeze! This was one of those times...
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I actually added two extra layers of knits: A V-neck sweater and a long cardigan, made of pure wool. This makes my dress look more like a skirt, but who cares? It's cooooold here people!

I kept my outfit from getting too bulky by making sure all three of my layers are quite thin. The objective is to be wrapped up nice and snug, but still be able to move.

To cover up my neck and shoulders - and to accessorize of course - I topped my knits with a grey pashmina and my passe-par-tout bead necklace.
cream trench coat in the cold
And after all those layers, a trench coat is more than enough. Doesn't add any more bulk and is always more preferable in wet weather, not to mention that cream is always a better choice than black for your overcoat, when your job involves places full of drywall dust.

Good to go!

Black knit dress, ZARA. Teal sweater, BERSHKA. Purple red wool cardigan, Mango. Grey pashmina, bought from a bazaar in Turkey. Cream trench coat, ZARA. Bead necklace, H&M. Brown leather bag with studs, ZARA. Greyish brown leather boots (new), ZARA.

18 comments:

anastasia said...

teleio ntisimo!!!! ta foremata telika einai pio volika kai apo jean!!!

Antonia said...

Just found your blog today, looks really interesting. :)

Antoinette said...

You may have provided the subconscious inspiration for my inexplicable winter "work at home" uniform, of which the knit dress is a critical piece. I started layering over and under a knit dress when I got sick last month and it has kind of stuck! I like your layers' colors together......

sarper? said...

ωραιος συνδιασμος ;)
keep going!

Katerina said...

Το πιο κομψό layering που έχω δεί....πραγματικά υπέροχο!!!Αυτό που μου αρέσει ιδιαίτερα είναι ο συνδυασμός των χρωμάτων!!!

Pink_Fish said...

να προσθέσω ότι αυτά τα φορέματα που βγάζει εδώ και μερικές σεζόν η Zara είναι αθάνατα. Τη τσάντα την έχω ξαναδεί, πως μου ξέφυγε? Μ' αρέσει και το χρώμα της πασμίνας :)

DanaiShips said...

I love layers but I always feel they make me fat... Thank for the inspiring post darling!!! :-)

K@terina B. said...

changed haiiiir !!! it's darker ain't it? megeia :D sto layering eisai asteri right? lopi queen of layers ;)

Thalia said...

loved the way you topped your outfit!
i couldn't agree more with layers!!!!!!

stella said...

nice tutorial!
i'm so cold these days, i wear the heaviest clothes i have and then i just move in one piece, can't turn around or use my elbows. lol

efi said...

queen of layers indeed!
altough all the pieces are basic, combined together they look unique!

@anastasia: e, nai!

Froso said...

I love that bag!

lopi said...

Thank you for your kind comments everyone!

Anastasia: Dresses and skirts are way more comfy than jeans indeed. Plus, wearing them you instantly look more pulled together and dressed up. It's a win-win situation!

Pink_Fish: Πράγματι, αυτά τα φορέματα είναι από τα πιο πετυχημένα σχέδια του Zara. Τα δικά μου τα πήρα πέρυσι και πρόπερσι και πραγματικά έχουν βγάλει τα λεφτά τους με το παραπάνω.

DanaiShips: I find that in order to keep away the bulk when doing layers, the trick is to use elongated silhuettes. Hence the long cardi, the knee-length dress and the trench coat. It's the short stuff that looks bulky when layered, IMHO. Try it!

K@terina B: Girl, you know I'm too much of a chicken to make ANY change concerning my hair, especially when it comes to hair dye. The just look darker or fairer depending on the occasional light.

Stella: I know that feeling of not being able to move due to excessive layering. But it just feels so nice and snug to be all wrapped-up like an onion when the cold gets harsh. I'm always willing to sacrifice some of my arm mobility for that!

Sal said...

OK, I won't get on your case for complaining about the cold, even though it's -10 here today. ;)

This is a fabulous lesson in comfortable, practical layering, Lopic. And I adore the long necklace peeking out from beneath the scarf!

daisychain said...

wow that dress is incredible on you

natalie said...

Great layering! And I love that bag, so chic!!

Nenyaki : ) said...

I need to work on my layering skills 'cause I think I suck big time!

Raquel said...

I love to layr clothes and you do it so nicely for cold weather|
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