Wearing Summer Staples in the Winter

Rachel Off Duty: Wearing Summer Staples in the Winter

Quick disclaimer – I realize I live in Southern California, and that none of the outfits here would stand a chance against a real winter! Exact outfits are recommended if you live in a climate where it’s 55 degrees or warmer this time of year. However, the same rules can definitely apply no matter where you live (just, maybe with an extra coat… or three… thrown over everything else).

If you’re fortunate enough to live somewhere where “winter” really just means “slightly uncomfortable chill” and not “sub-zero arctic tundra,” you probably don’t have much of a need for thick parkas and snow shoes. That said, it’s still colder out, and while you might not own a wardrobe full of winter clothes, you’re probably dressing differently than you did in the summer. Rather than buying new winter clothes you’ll rarely wear, opt for the pieces you already own, even if they’re technically meant for warmer months. With a few quick pairing swaps, you can probably transform almost any summer piece into a winter-appropriate situation.

Rachel Off Duty: Wearing Summer Staples in the Winter
Rachel Off Duty: Wearing Summer Staples in the Winter

Recently, I received this amazing wrap dress and striped romper from Tobi (as well as a mustard wrap blouse, which I wrote about in another post). Since it’s December, my immediate reaction to these 2 pieces is that they’re pretty summery for the season we’re in now, but of course, I couldn’t let that stop me from styling them! That’s where the inspiration for this post originally came from.

Summer Staple 1: The Mini Dress

Rachel Off Duty: Wearing Summer Staples in the Winter
Rachel Off Duty: Wearing Summer Staples in the Winter
Rachel Off Duty: Wearing Summer Staples in the Winter
Rachel Off Duty: Wearing Summer Staples in the Winter
Rachel Off Duty: Wearing Summer Staples in the Winter
Rachel Off Duty: Wearing Summer Staples in the Winter
Rachel Off Duty: Wearing Summer Staples in the Winter

The key to taking any mini dress and rocking it during the winter starts with the shoes you choose. While strappy heels and sandals, or even Converse, are great for the summer, booties and OTK boots help to make a visual statement that you’re definitively going for a look that’s more “post-October.” Pair with warm outerwear so you don’t, you know, freeze. Unless it’s the weekend and I’m going out to a bar or something, I usually like to pair more revealing pieces like this with a longer duster cardigan or army jacket for coverage and added dimension.

Summer Staple 2: The Romper

Rachel Off Duty: Wearing Summer Staples in the Winter
Rachel Off Duty: Wearing Summer Staples in the Winter
Rachel Off Duty: Wearing Summer Staples in the Winter
Rachel Off Duty: Wearing Summer Staples in the Winter
Rachel Off Duty: Wearing Summer Staples in the Winter
Rachel Off Duty: Wearing Summer Staples in the Winter
Rachel Off Duty: Wearing Summer Staples in the Winter

A romper is a bit of a wildcard piece for winter, but it’s definitely doable! Dressed here with opaque knit tights, booties, and a cropped boucle jacket, this romper was immediately transformed into something I’d easily throw on to head out for coffee or date night during the colder months. I think that as long as you incorporate layers and add coverage on your legs (with tights, boots, or even thigh-high socks), you can absolutely get away with wearing even the beachiest of rompers all year long.

What is your favorite summer piece to wear in the winter, and how do you style it?

 

WHAT I WORE:

Outfit One

Stripe Wrap Dress | Tobi • Duster Cardigan | Nectar Clothing • OTK Boots | Sam Edelman

Outfit Two

Striped Romper | Tobi • Boucle Jacket | Ann Taylor • Opaque Tights and Booties | Aldo

This post is part of a collaboration with Tobi. All outfit styling, thoughts, and opinions are my own.