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Friday, January 28th 2011

A Late-Winter Wardrobe Refresher


Maxi dresses by Free People, Twenty8Twelve, and Vince clothing.

Like every year at this time, I’ve fallen into a wardrobe rut, and my daily uniform of cozy pullovers, denim leggings, and flat boots is feeling stale. Though the breezy dresses populating fashion magazines lately may suggest otherwise, we’ve still got a month (or more) of winter to go. In a desperate search for a refresher that doesn’t require an entire wardrobe overhaul, I’ve come up with an all-in-one solution: the maxi sweater dress.

An elegant antidote to the season’s flannels and beat-up boots, this long and lean silhouette is easily accessorized with pieces already in my closet, like a chunky cardigan sweater, a wrap belt, and a pair of flat booties. Plus, it’ll easily transition into early spring: once the weather warms I’ll swap the cardigan for a leather jacket, an ensemble that will tide me over ’til mini dress-and-Havaianas season.

--Tonya

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