March is often thought of as the start of spring, but anyone who has lived in the Northeast for at least a year knows that we have about another month to go before the city starts to thaw. In the meantime, your favorite summer clothes are sitting in the back of your closet, taunting you with memories of sunlight. Fight the seasonal depression by working your warm weather pieces into your current wardrobe.
Maxi skirts may be a bohemian staple in the summer but can be just as well suited to cold weather. They can create a very dramatic, romantic effect. Pair a long skirt with a sheer, long-sleeved top with feminine detailing, like a bow at the neckline. Toughen the Victorian vibe up with some heeled or wedged boots, which also work with the long skirt to make you look even taller. If you have long hair, wear it in a low, loose bun to offset all the fabric.
Short, breezy skirts might seem like the ultimate nightmare when it’s below freezing, but these can be adapted for the cold. Make it preppy with knee-high socks over pantyhose and a chunky knit sweater over a collared button-down shirt. Finish the look with patent ballet flats or Mary Janes to emphasize the prep, or winter boots to play it down. Top it off with a headband. Bonus points if it has a bow or gems to polish up the ensemble and add a dose of personality.
Floral dresses are an easy way to femme up your heftier winter pieces. For a casual occasion, add thick tights in a dark neutral color, flat winter boots and a heavy leather jacket for a ‘90s-grunge take on the girly dress. A big knit scarf or crocheted hat provides extra warmth. For a more formal setting, wear the dress with pantyhose and pumps. Cover up with a classic, elegant cardigan and add some simple pieces of jewelry like a locket or bejeweled hair pins.
Even shorts can work at this time of year. Acid-wash, high-waisted shorts were practically made to be worn over tights. If you’re feeling particularly punk, layer fishnets over brightly colored opaque tights. Wear with chunky boots and a plaid, flannel shirt. Don’t forget black eyeliner and deep red lipstick, and you’ll be ready for any urban adventure the night may bring.
Ariana DiValentino is a staff writer. Email her at email@example.com.
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