Taking your summer kaftans into winter sounds strange but it's really not. Team them with Layering Essentials and you're well on your way to creating fabulous winter looks...without busting the bank.
Like most things in life, start with the basics. We've put together a list of 6 Layering Essentials for you to team with your resortwear favourites and create fabulous autumn and winter looks.
- 1. Leggings - warmth, colour, texture, cheap!
- 2. Scoop Neck Knits - layer under, this shape works on everyone
- 3. Scarves - leggings for your neck!
- 4. a Vest - hard working and versatility plus
- 5. a Wrap - an investment, a champion piece for life
- 6. Flats - wear them in summer and winter and get real bang for your buck.
*1. Leggings: They'll keep you warm, pack down to nothing and come in all sorts of colours, textures, fabrics and lengths so you can easily create different looks to go with your mood and occasion. They're pretty inexpensive! If you really can't see yourself in leggings then try a narrow leg pant or jeans.
*2. Scoop Neck Knits: The perfect 'layering under' top. There are many necklines out there but one that works for just about every one, is a mid/low scoop. Choose a few in fine merino wool, cashmere, jersey or even cotton depending on how cold your winters get. Go for shades of slate grey, caramel, teal, red, burnt orange and mauve as these will work with summer colours too.
*3. Scarves: Scarves will transform a look in an instant. Just like leggings, for not a lot of money, you can create stunning looks and they'll pack down to nothing. Experiment with different colours, prints and fabrics. Daytime brights and playful prints, to subdued tones and classic fine knits for evening. If you shy away from 'colour', go for different textures in neutral tones to create something uniquely you.
*4. Vests: One of the most versatile layering over pieces you'll ever own. Vests work hard and add interest. A splash of colour and texture without taking over your kaftan or dress. See how the Perfect White Shirt handles a great textured vest.
*5. a Wrap: Invest in a cashmere or pashmina wrap and you'll never look back. Cashmere may be more expensive, but in the long run, great value for money. Feathery light, fine and so soft, it will roll down to nothing, to go with you any where. A great alternative is a Cardi-Wrap. Wear it both ways and really get bang for your buck. Two fab travel companions.
*6. Flats: Will go with anything...day and night. Take the time to find ones that fit well so you can work them extra hard. Wear them everywhere, in summer and in winter.
More handy winter pieces could be added to this list, but these are 6 absolute must haves.
Bonus! If you're heading off to a summer paradise to escape the winter chills, wear your Layering Essentials on the plane with your favourite kaftan. You'll not only be beach ready in a snap, you won't look like a tourist when you get there AND your suitcase will thank you.
Until next time...work that kaftan girls!
Holiday Girl (H.G.)
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