Hearts & Flowers

For my final Geox style post, I thought I’d take on a little challenge.

You know by now that I’m all about extending your wardrobe through the seasons (why not? more to wear, etc.) and so for this post I took three very distinctly summery-y pieces – a white chiffon mini, a orange silk slipdress, and a floral bed jacket – and played with ways to make them work in the winter. And of course every outfit also features a pair of cozy-as-pie boots (all flat! So into flats lately).

Look 1 

My first thought was to pair this white chiffon-and-lace mini with a big, chunky sweater…but then I thought: been there, done that. And so, oddly enough, I decided to throw on another majorly summery item: a white linen blazer. White on white after Labor Day? Yes. Because once you add a thick scarf (with pom-poms!), heavy tights, and snow-day boots with furry linings, all of a sudden you’re far more ski bunny than beach babe.

And one should always wear ridiculous sunglasses whenever possible, and pose ridiculously when doing so. This is a fact.

Look 2

Oh, this dress. Which isn’t even a dress, really…it’s a slip. I picked it up at the Salvation Army years ago in the lingerie section for just a couple of bucks, and in the summer of ’09 it was my favorite thing in my closet (I usually paired it with a pale-grey blazer). It’s way too big, and the armholes go down to somewhere around my waist, but covered up with a jacket or sweater and given shape with a belt it’s quite cute, really.

Since it’s such a summery fabric, I added lots of layers to create visual interest and…you know, physical warmth (rooftops can get chilly). A patterned silk blouse under a denim jacket, a richly patterned scarf, deliciously warm, comfortable, chocolate-colored boots, and floofy hair all made the dress look fall-perfect.

Tip: When layering a pattern under a solid, roll up the sleeves of the patterned layer over the solid layer to create pretty cuffs and show off a little extra flair.

Look 3

This is a pretty un-me outfit.

But I like it!

It’s sort of like my take on the College Girl From Connecticut Who Rides Horses…ever so slightly preppy, but also very romantic. I feel like I should be carrying Jane Austen books and making my way to the dining hall through piles of crunching leaves in these shots.

So how to make florals work in the winter? Shoot for a vintage-y, romantic look with autumnal hues (rust, navy, hunter green, etc) rather than tropical ones, and pair your floral item with pieces in cozy textures (like corduroy and heavy knits). Here, I’m wearing that flowery bed jacket with a high-necked, lacy cream blouse that used to belong to my mom, cozy corduroys, a hat that my Nanny Ruth knitted for me, and a pair of flat brown boots perfect for crunching the aforementioned leaves.

P.S. If you’re wondering why my hair is no longer the pretty color it was following my mini-makeover, it’s because these photos were taken a couple of weeks ago, at the same time as this series.

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Full product info after the jump. 

Look 1: Lulu’s dress, H&M blazer and scarf, Sisco Berluti bangles, Rebecca Minkoff MAC Clutch, sunglasses c/o GANT (Spring/Summer 2012), Geox Dina 3 boots.

Look 2: Vintage slipdress, DVF blouse, chloe + isabel necklace, H&M denim shirt, Talbots belt, Hanes Blackout thigh-highs, sunglasses c/o GANT (Spring/Summer 2012), Vivienne Westwood purse, Geox Cheryl boots.

Look 3: Knit hat from Nanny Ruth, blouse from Mom, Alexandra Satine purse, cords c/o Raven Denim, H&M silk bed jacket, Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, sunglasses c/o GANT (Spring/Summer 2012), Geox Mendi boots.

Geox Stores / East Coast:

Bridgewater (Mendi)

Bridgewater Commons

400 Commons Way/ Space 2300

Bridgewater, NJ 08807

(908) 526 – 0582

Roosevelt Field (Mendi)

Roosevelt Field Mall.

630 Old Country Road/ Space 2096

Garden City, NY 11530

(516) 747 – 1687

Atlantic City (Mendi)

Pier Shops at Caesars

1 Atlantic Ocean/ Space 1130

Atlantic City, NJ 08401

(609) 347 – 5096

Garden State (Cheryl, Mendi)

Garden State Plaza

1 Garden State Plaza/ Space 11A

Paramus, NJ 07652

(201) 843 – 0153

Lexington (Cheryl, Mendi)

Lexington Avenue (btw 58th & 59th Street)

731 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY 10022

(212) 308 – 2305

Madison (Dina 3, Cheryl, Mendi)

Madison Avenue (corner of 57th Street)

575 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10022

(212) 355 – 3029

Union Square (Dina 3, Mendi)

Union Square (corner of Broadway and 17th Street)

862 Broadway

New York, NY 10003

(212) 228 – 1449

34th Street (Dina 3, Cheryl, Mendi)

34th Street (btw 5th and 6th Avenue)

29 West 34th Street

New York, NY 10001

(646) 213 – 9020

Natick (Mendi)

Natick Mall

1245 Worcester Street/ Space 1048

Natick, MA 01760

(508) 653 – 0457

Jersey Shore Outlet (Mendi)

Jersey Shore Premium Outlets

1 Premium Outlet Blvd/ Space 717

Tinton Falls, NJ 07753

(732) 493 – 2376

Jersey Gardens Outlet (Mendi)

Jersey Gardens Outlet Center

651 Kapkowski Road/ Space 1375

Elizabeth, NJ 07201

(908) 352 – 2629

Palisades Outlet (Mendi)

Palisades Center

1000 Palisades Center Drive/ Space 2750

West Nyack, NY 10994

(845) 348 – 0470

Woodbury Outlet (Mendi)

Woodbury Commons Premium Outlet

684 Bluebird Ct

Central Valley, NY 10917

(845) 928 – 9426

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