This winter’s weather has been far from frightful. Aside from the seemingly never-ending rainy days, we’ve been enjoying mid-50 temps, which means that bundling up in chunky knits and snow boots hasn’t been necessary. Instead, light layers have sufficed just fine— an unexpected (but welcome!) temperature twist that can confuse even the most sartorially advanced among us. It’s warm enough to go tights-less but does that mean you should?
To help put some pep into your (not so) wintry wardrobe, I’ve put together an outfit made up of pieces culled from some of Richmond’s most beloved shops. I envision wearing this to roam the new Rodin exhibit at the VMFA before grabbing cocktails and french fries at Amuse upstairs on a crisp Saturday afternoon.
Culottes are back in a big way and I’m digging these from Rosewood Clothing (16 W. Broad St.). They’ve got that 1950’s vibe but with a modern cut that keep them comfortable and not costume-y.
If you’re on the petite side, swap the flats for a pair of classic black pumps; they will immediately elongate your legs. (Photo by Megan Parry)
They’re just the right color to pair with this sweet geometric printed Tory Burch sweater set from Clementine (3118 W. Cary St.); the set adds another layer without adding any bulk.
The cardigan would look cute on its own paired with a white t-shirt and wide-leg jeans or try the short sleeve sweater with a black pencil skirt for work. (Photo by Megan Parry)
Throwing on a vintage Czech glass bead necklace from Halcyon Vintage (117 N. Robinson St.) and carrying one of these fringed bags from Nellie George (5714 Grove Ave.) will add a bit of edge to the look; I suggest going dark with both since the foundation of the outfit is so neutral.
Start a collection of long necklaces like these: layering them is a fun way to add personality to any outfit. (Photo by Megan Parry)
If you’re into the fringe trend but don’t want to feel like a cowboy, keep the tassels on your accessories! (Photo by Megan Parry)
Ballet flats are a constant classic; they’re never going to go out of style and look great on literally everyone. There is always room for a modern update, however, and these lace-up flats from Monkee’s of Richmond (11709 W. Broad St.) are particularly cool. They’d look especially charming tied up around the ankle with these pants since the pants are short.
Lace-up shoes of any sort are huge right now; these are sexy without sacrificing comfort. (Photo by Megan Parry)
This ombre faux fur vest from Fab’rik (3004 W. Cary St.) pulls double duty as a cozy topper— you get a bit of added warmth and the fun colors and fuzzy texture helps elevate the look from office ensemble to something much chicer.
Vests like these are widely available at every price point so don’t be afraid to indulge. (Photo by Megan Parry)
To top off the look (literally!), a beanie like this one from Na Nin (101 S. Addison St.) will help keep you toasty— and let’s be honest, everyone looks so much cooler in a beanie.
To avoid dreaded “hat hair”, carry a small bottle of dry shampoo with you in your purse. A quick spritz in the bathroom will help revive your flattened tresses. (Photo by Megan Parry)