STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Transitional Textures

We’re officially mid-way through October and while the season here in Florida doesn’t change as dramatically as it does in the North, we Floridians have our own way of making a seasonal change to make things a bit more festive — clothing! Nothing makes me happier than walking outside in long sleeves and not immediately melting away in the sun. Even more exciting than that is seeing retail stores change from summery hues to rich, textured fabrics like velvet and lace. This Fashionista shows she has already started her transition and she couldn’t be any happier either.

I came across her last weekend at Orlando Pride where hundreds of people gathered to express their support as a loving community filled with diversity and acceptance. Among the eccentrically dressed, she stood out in a classic ensemble: an ivory lace dress layered over a slip, a black pleather belt for a little structure and coordinating black suede wedges. The mix of sheer and opaque with soft and tough balances her simple look which she can easily take into the night time for dinner by the lake.

Don’t be fooled by its simplicity as it offers a lot more than you’d expect. Dress this look down with flats and a velvet cardigan for class to keep the transitional textures going on. For cooler nights, throw on some sheer tights, roll up the sleeves and add an elegant circle scarf. The key to making a simple dress stand out is to let the textures take center stage by choosing a high contrast color palette such as hers. From there, dressing for the new season will be a breeze!

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