Styling in comfort but still in your style.

During my trip, I didn’t want to lose myself in ugly layers of clothes just to stay comfortable and warm. Therefore, I made it a point to only pack essential clothing but at the same time pack light.

In doing so, I had to get creative with ways to dress warm in cold weather.

Here’s my alternatives;

1. Instead of your usual beanie hats, use a scarf. It can be a head cover, a wind breaker and a hair control in those cold and windy weather. (Ladies with long hair can relate).

2. You can still wear a knee length dress but layer on knee length socks! Why should you stop wearing a dress in the cold.

Not into long socks wear, then use leggings underneath your dress.

3. Running shoes should not be the default walking shoes. Wear short heeled boots, mocassins, cowboy boots or hiking boots even. Bring a separate pair if you must.

4. Reversible jackets can give you two different styles and looks. Most are of lightweight material and come in different colors, patterns to suit your style.

5. If you can trade or swap clothes with whoever is travelling or vacationing with you, why not! My daughter and I happen to like each others style and she mostly fit my clothes, so we have traded jackets and she likes trying out some of my accessories.

6. Worse case scenario, buy new clothes from your trip. Its another reason why packing light is key here. How else are you going to make room with all the shopping you will be doing.

Other than that…Happy vacationing/staycationing and I hope you enjoy your summer!

 

 

Ways to re-accessorize

There are times when I get bored using the same accessories to their main purpose. Even though I would love to buy something new, I had found ways to re-accesories what I currently have in order to save money.

1. Broach to hair accesory.

I have this octopus broach from a Halloween costume. I must admit that even though I was partial at wearing it because I’m not into octopuses. I loved the versatility and uniqueness of it that eventually I would get compliments because of it.

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2. Hair accessory to a broach.

I have this pair of red flower hair clamps that I started wearing as a broach. I often wore them as hair accessories in the past but I’ve grown tired of it. Instead of parting with it, I found that the clamps are sturdy enough as a broach.

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3. Broach to a closure.

To avoid a “wardrobe malfunction” reinforcements such as closures are needed. Unfortunately for this particular clothing it was a wardrobe malfaunction waiting to happen. Thankfully, a broach is what got me to confidently enjoy wearing this outfit.

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Styling with men’s loafers.

Finally! I took the leap of pairing men’s loafers with a dress under a men’s shirt. You see, I envy ladies who can pull an androgyny look because I like it when the standard feminine look can be easily styled with masculine pieces. To me the end result looks unique with a hint of intrigue.

I love dressing up no matter the occassion or none occassion. For instance, this is my outfit as I went grocery shopping. I shop in long sleeves to keep me comfortable especially as I shop at the frozen section.

I have to admit, it took awhile for me to finally have the courage to pair men’s loafers with something that is not a pair of pants/shorts. For some reason, I finally did it! Its funny because I felt liberated because I pushed myself from my comfort zone.

Now its only a matter of time when I will finally pair men’s loafers with maxi dresses and/or summer dresses. Hmmmmm?20190101_154724

Baby steps love, baby steps…