What do you wear when you’re vacationing in the French Alps in the Spring and you’re surrounded by fields of flowers but the mountains are still covered in snow? This may not be your everyday scenario, but it brings to light an important topic: the goal of your closet should be versatility. Because this topic is so fundamental and multidimensional, we will continue to explore its many facets in the future; this week will focus on seasonal versatility. As I welcomed my white short shorts last week I challenged myself to make more use of my winter wardrobe this summer. Now that doesn’t mean that I’ll be wearing wool to the beach, but rolling up your dark winter jeans is completely innocuous and totally stylish with a light blouse and sandals. Here are a few things to keep in mind when buying any piece of clothing for all seasons:
1. When investing in Jeans (a whole other topic that we’ll cover down the road), pay attention to length. I personally prefer to invest in different shades and colors of Jeans rather than different lengths. Rolling up your Jeans in June is much more feasible (and stylish) than wearing long thick socks with Capris at Christmas.
2. Your Winter wardrobe can last you all year if you choose the quality wisely. Although it’s hard not to slink into that one chunky wool sweater that keeps you warm all Winter, try looking for fabric compositions that will work in Fall and Spring as well. My personal favorites for sweaters are lightweight Merino Wool or blends with a small percentage of Wool.
3. Scarves are the ultimate swiss army knives of Style. Not only can they be worn infinite ways (another blog topic for another day!) but they can also be worn throughout all seasons. My scarf du jour (pictured above) is a black Cashmere-Silk blend from J. Crew. Cashmere is another great investment for your year-long wardrobe, a soft silk blend like mine will caress you all the way through Summer.
Photo: Author in the French Alps, Courtesy of Leila Violette @leilaviolette