STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Oh Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Just a few chilly months ago Punxsutawney Phil stuck his little fortune-telling head out of the ground and promised us an early spring… Fashionistas and Fashionistos, we’ve been lied to. I see no blooming flowers, I see no beautiful sunshine – all I see is oddly timed snow and wind with a 100% chance of weather related crankiness. Dressing for the awkward transition period between winter and spring is one of the hardest to master, especially in a city like Winston-Salem, where the temperature is as unpredictable as the amount of strange patio furniture in front of the dining hall. This week I challenge you to keep rocking those cold weather staples but mix in a few warm weather pieces pulled from the depths of your closet, creating a stylish and element appropriate look.

The foundation of my favorite transitional look is always a chunky, “Mr. Rogers” style sweater. The combination of a luxurious knit fabric, chunky wood buttons, and chic shawl collar never fails to make me feel on trend. Not only is this wardrobe essential cute, it’s endlessly versatile; providing the perfectly light layer to linen sundresses, printed skirts, or the classic legging and T-shirt combo. March is the perfect time to purchase a fisherman style sweater; during this “in-between” period, many stores are switching their inventory from winter to spring, making these yummy tops easy to find and easy on the wallet.

This Fashionista embodies transitional perfection, rocking a madras skirt and effortless gray v-neck T-shirt. The addition of a cozy, knit would make this look everyday wearable as the weather continues to confuse us. She hit the masculine/feminine nail on the head by choosing a flirty skirt and dressing its girly shape down with neutral basics. Classic black flats and simple gold jewelry provide a little extra sparkle to an otherwise simple aesthetic, giving her free reign to rock this look from meetings to meal times.

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