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Fashion Blitz — Repurposing your winter wardrobe

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When Mother Nature just can’t seem to make up her mind, dressing for transitional weather becomes infinitely more difficult. Think outside the box by unconventionally pairing your favorite winter pieces with springtime staples and you’ll find getting through indecisive Ohio weather can be a breeze.

 

Ashley’s pick:

Spring is approaching with warmer temperatures and sunshine, but that doesn’t mean you should pack up and store your winter wardrobe just yet. To extend the use of your winter clothing and to make an outfit appropriate for the weather, couple one or two winter items with your new spring look.

This week, I chose a high-waisted pleated floral skirt along with a slouchy and worn-in dress underneath. The contradicting structures (or lack thereof) of both the garments keep this look from being too sophisticated or too relaxed. I added one of my favorite winter sweaters over for just the right amount of warmth during the spring months.

I finished off the look with one of my recent DIY creations — a detachable collar I made from an old heavier-weight blouse I wore during the winter. OK … so it is not as chic as the one Louis Vuitton perfected so well for their Spring/Summer 2012 collection, but for this look it will do!

—Ashley Jaros

 

 

Karen’s pick:

That trusty cardigan may match everything in your wardrobe, but just because it’s a great fallback item doesn’t mean you should wear it every other day. When yo-yoing weather has your style in a rut, creativity is key.

If you were planning on wearing a dress, but Weather.com tells you otherwise, don’t give up too soon! Carefully examine the dress’s key elements, which are fabric, print and silhouette.

Do you own a sweater that features complementing colors? Although a cardigan may be your first thought, throwing a chunky dolman sweater over top is much less conventional, but still looks effortlessly chic.

My pick this week will give you the best of both worlds. You can still rock the deconstructed tribal print dress you’ve been dying to wear this season, but sensibly maintain a level of comfort that will instantly boost your confidence, even when dressing for the weather seems like a challenge.

—Karen Zapp

 

 

 

Missy’s pick:

Transitioning a winter wardrobe into spring is an invigorating transformation that involves a slow but steady adaptation of your winter favorites.

The best way to begin transitioning your wardrobe from winter to summer is to look to the pieces that are a neutral color or pattern, eliminating all fair isle prints. Take the grey sweater pictured, for example. The sweater was paired with a lightweight cotton harem pant to counteract the heavy texture of the sweater, thus creating a transitional look.

Also, try tucking the bottom of a sweater upwards to create a cropped effect, as pictured, to blend in one of spring’s hottest trends into your winter item, further enhancing the transitional appeal of the ensemble.

—Missy Pasquale
PHOTOS BY MATT HAFLEY
Modeled by Cecily Ogden
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My favorite finds

Written by Emily Marshall. Posted in Accessories, Shoes

I love shopping. I mean I really love shopping. I love buying things, I love going to the stores and I really love brining those purchases home.

Sometimes I buy useful things like black pants, jeans and tights. Other times I buy completely ridiculous things like say a long sleeve, red, beaded dress that may weigh five pounds. (I mean what girl doesn’t have one of those hanging her closet?)

But then there are the rare occasions when I just happen to pick something up and buy it because its pretty inexpensive and looks cute in the store. These purchases are the best ones. At first, I like them and then the more I wear them the more I love them. I would almost call them magical purchases.

They say when you buy something you should figure out the cost per wear, that way you will get your money’s worth of that item. Well a few items in my closet are basically paying me now for the amount of times I wear them!

These inexpensive items are now my wardrobe staples:

1)     The sweater– OK, technically my sister found this sweater but I stole it from her. It was only 50 cents at a thrift store. It’s super soft and the best part is … it’s Christian Dior!

2)     The skirt– The skirt was only $12.50 at Forever 21, and I have had it for three years. It just a basic blue navy skirt that goes with everything and always comes in handy.

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Weekend look

Weekends are all about letting loose and letting your sassier side come out and play. Pair this unexpectedly sweet leather H&M skirt with menswear inspired pieces and a straw fedora to amp up the funky factor.

On the Fall 2011 runways, lace made its grand appearance in countless designer collections, proving itself as a mainstay in your fall wardrobe. The lace detailing in this chambray utilitarian blouse adds textural interest but maintains the look’s overall femininity.

Continuing the theme are black patent oxfords. These shoes are hands down the perfect weekend footwear because, although we don’t often admit it, it’s not always so easy to discover the sweet spot where style meets comfort. Top off the look with a classic rose gold watch and stylish statement necklace for a look that is cool, casual and ready to play.