How to wear ponchos in the spring

We see ponchos more in the fall than in the spring, but they are a great staple to any wardrobe in the in-between seasons like spring or fall. It’s usually too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer for them, unless they are really lightweight. Here are some tips for wearing them in spring.

Gray and white colorblock poncho, White House Black Market, given to me; Velvet jeans, Ann Taylor Loft; Rose gold clutch, old, Marshall’s; Heart sunglasses, Ross; Chandelier earrings, old; Leopard print flats, Ross.

Lighten up the colors. Wear softer tones than you would in the fall.

Wear a sweater underneath for cooler weather. Lighten up what you wear underneath as the weather gets warmer.

Wear your poncho with a collared shirt. That wouldn’t work with the poncho I have in these shots because it has a big bulky collar, but it would work on some of my light weight ponchos.

Wear a poncho with skinny jeans for a casual look. 

Add a pop of color like these bright berry pink velvet pants from Ann Taylor Loft.

Stand amidst the flowers so you look very springy. Haha.

Wear a fluffy infinity scarf if your poncho doesn’t have a collar and it’s still cold outside.

Hook it over a finger and sling it over your shoulder if it gets too warm out.

Wear a belt over it. This only works if it’s a long poncho and works better if it’s not too thick and bulky.

Pair your poncho with leggings and boots. 

Just have fun with it!

Happy Palm Sunday everyone! Stay healthy. Stay safe. It’s a crazy world out there right now.

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When to bring out your sweater dresses

I had someone ask me a couple of weeks ago if I thought it was time to bring out the sweater dresses. Why yes! Yes it is time! But it got me thinking. When is it the right time to bring out the sweater dresses?

 

There is a right time to bring out the sweater dresses and a wrong time. Summer time, no. Winter, yes. Here are a few tips on when to where a sweater dress:

Cold temperature. I tried wearing one of my thickest, warmest sweater dresses in October. The mornings and evenings felt cold, but day time temps were mostly in the 60’s. I put on my thick sweater dress and felt so stuffy in it, right from the get-go, that I took it off and found something more lightweight to put on.

The thickness of the sweater dress.  The sweater dress I’m wearing in this photo shoot is a lightweight knit material. It was perfect for the changing season!

Short sleeves vs. long. I have a few sweater dresses / tunics that are short sleeved. I have been wearing all of those lately. But as temperatures are starting to get colder, I’m pulling out more of my long sleeved ones as well.

Accessories. When temps are cool, but not cold, wear a sweater dress with booties, heels or sneakers. When it gets cold, bring on the tights and higher boots for added warmth.

Layered. You can also try layering a sweater dress with a collared shirt underneath or a long tunic over the top when it’s cold. When it’s just cool out, skip the layering. The sweater dress itself will be warm enough.

Bonus tip: A sweater dress is also a great piece to wear to a holiday meal. Most sweater dresses have room to expand so you won’t feel uncomfortable after eating that big holiday dinner. Skinny jeans, on the other hand are probably not a good choice. Unless they are stretchy!

Happy Turkey day to all and to all a good night!

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