Wednesday, November 30, 2011

To bare or not to bare .. that is the question

This time of year is probably the hardest for girls to dress weather appropriate. You get the ones who are sporting the open toed, strappy heels with sundresses and those wearing their fuzzy boots and parkas. We’re in that confusing transitional season called pre-fall.

Summer, for the most part, has come and gone. So sadly ladies, it’s time to pack away your summer gear and bring out your fall duds. However, there is an exception as we are transitioning. You can still make some of your key summer looks weather appropriate. Remember that favorite silk skirt you loved so much – that was perfect for pretty much any summer occasion? Well, pair it with a leather jacket or a sweater and throw on a pair of cute booties and you will have just made that perfect summer piece wearable for this season.

But on the other end of the spectrum it is far too early to be busting out the Canada Goose parka. Save that for those below zero, bone chilling winter days. Nobody needs to be reminded of those dark times just yet. A trench coat or a wool blazer would be the way to go here and you can accessorize it with a flowy scarf (try a Matta scarf, they are not only beautiful but are a celebrity fav).

If you get confused check out the fashion blog “The Sartorialist” for inspiration. There are great photos of amazing street style. Or if you’re a fan of the show 90210, think of what the cast wears in the wintertime and that should give you a pretty good guideline line. Yes, 90210 is one of my guilty pleasures … isn’t it everyone’s?

So not only are transitional seasons difficult to navigate a wardrobe but they bring along a dilemma that stumps most young female Haligonians - the constant struggle between bare legs and tights. This is a tricky one because we all know that evenings in Halifax can be up in the air weather wise. My rule of thumb is once October hits it is time to strap those puppies into a pair of tights. This leads me to one of my biggest pet peeves. It sends shivers down my spine when looking at a bar line up and witnessing groups of girls huddled together while their bare legs shake in unison. Come on ladies, we live in Nova Scotia not Florida. A good pair of tights will not only complete your look and pull all your pieces together but will keep your legs goose bump free.

Now, when I say tights I’m not referring to the panty hose worn by your grandmother that come up to your arm pits. Nor am I talking about leggings (that I must say are being spotted on the streets of Halifax a few too many times these days). I’m talking about a nice pair of sheers or opaque tights. You can find these pretty much anywhere and at any price. But if you’re feeling like a little treat, try out Wolford tights. They come in so many great colours, thick-nesses and patterns.

There are always exceptions to every rule so use your judgment when mixing your summer and fall fashions. Just keep in mind that the time for summer dresses are over but the time for winter boots has not yet arrived.

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