December 23, 2013

Style Feature: Season Mixing

One of the annoying things about living in a seasonal climate is that you need to have a seasonal wardrobe, but that doesn’t mean that your clothes need to be constrained by the seasons. Especially in a place like New York, home of the micro-apartment where people pay more for closets than cars, finding ways to make your clothes fit (and fit well) into multiple seasons can be a great boost to your wardrobe and a great way to break out of the expected. Colors, patterns, and fabrics are only limited by how you view their place in your closet.

1. Fabric

Madras is a quintessential summer fabric. It’s lightweight and breathable, but it’s not just for summer. Another characteristic of madras is that the colors are usually very vibrant and saturated – perfect for the fall and winter. The light weight also makes a great base layer when you’re doing a lot of indoor/outdoor shedding of layers.

Jacket and bag by AllSaints; Shirt and cords by
Gant Rugger; Boots by John Varvatos; Scarf by rag & bone;
Watch by Nautica; Sunglasses by Marc by Marc Jacobs

2. Color

Pastels are definitely a spring staple. But just because the weather got cold doesn’t mean that you have to retire them until Punxsutawney Phil pops his head out next year. Properly layered and mixed with the right pieces, your spring and summer colors can stay a year-round part of your wardrobe.

Sweater by rag & bone for Neiman Marcus & Target;
Shirt by Uniqlo; Pants by Topman; Boots by LL Bean;
Scarf by Psycho Bunny; Tie by Penguin; Sunglasses by
Marc by Marc Jacobs

3. Pattern

I think a key part of keeping your style fresh is making unexpected choices. I would have never thought to mix the blue/white stripe of seersucker with a waffle knit, but when I saw it together, it just seemed to make sense.

 Extra Tip : Don’t just take my word for it, Gant Rugger even has a line of ‘Fall Madras’ shirts.

Vest and shirt by Nautica; Henley by Gant by Michael
Bastian; Denim by PPD; Sneakers by AllSaints;
Scarf by Psycho Bunny; Watch by Bulova;
Gloves by Bloomingdales

Mixing pieces from different seasons not only adds some unexpected style to your look, it also lets you get more use out of your clothes. Don’t be afraid to take some chances with your style, regardless of what ‘rules’ you may have heard.

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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