Cool Fashion Tips for December

 By Rigel Herman The Pineapple Contributing

Perhaps it’s because I’m from Chicago, but I absolutely love fall and winter fashions. And even though we’re in Florida, the weather is changing a little bit. I’m personally going to embrace the slight temperature change with tweaks to my wardrobe. There’s something about layers, scarves and boots that I adore. I think it’s more of a challenge to style outfits when it’s chilly; you want to look chic while staying warm. Plus the designers have a more difficult task in the colder months. To create looks that are functional and spectacular is easy when it’s hot outside, but is much harder when it’s freezing. They’re creativity never ceases to amaze me, and inspires me to get clever with my interpretation of Winter Dressing in Florida.

This is my first winter living in Florida. Do people wear boots and sweaters? – Janet, Delray Beach

Yes! Nothing says “Weekend Tourist from Wisconsin” like a sundress and flip-flops in December in Delray. Most people that live here year round or just for the Season, begin to transition their wardrobes in November. Obviously you don’t want to be sweating through your cashmere. Fortunately, though, you can get the cozy look without over- heating by buying light weight cardigans and layering them over tank tops. While heavy, cable-knit sweaters are pretty much out, there are so many options in knit-wear now that are much cooler. Look for cotton sweaters instead of wool, or blends like cotton and acrylic. And as for boots, Yes! I can’t imagine not wearing them when they’re all I see in the stores and online. Pick a sleek riding boot, pair it with leggings, a tank and a cardigan and you’re all set!

I’ve seen a lot of bright colors in the stores, but this time of year, I tend to stick to black. Can I wear color in the winter? – Sarah, Delray Beach

When I first moved to Florida, I went color crazy! I was buying hues I didn’t even know existed in Chicago and in prints, (think Miami Vice meets vintage Lily Pulitzer). It wasn’t good, but I couldn’t help myself. The point is, when the sun is shining, most of us are relatively happy and happy dressing usually results in colorful clothing. However, even though it’s nice and bright outside, the color palette should be a bit different this time of year. Instead of brilliant brights, try mustard or cobalt. The color of the season, according to the runways, is definitely merlot so shades of burgundy are super on trend. Of course, emerald green is always rich looking and metallics add a lot of pizzazz when paired with basic black or grey.

“What is a peplum? I keep hearing about them, but I have no idea what it is or how to wear one?” – Claire, Boca Raton

Peplum comes from the Greek word Peplos, which, way back in the day, was a women’s garment similar to a tunic. Basically it’s an overskirt that is usually attached to a blouse, jacket or dress. Anyway, peplums are here to stay, at least for another season or so. The best thing about peplum tops is that they are amazingly flattering. They hide the sins on your mid-section and can be either very sophisticated or irresistibly cute. Obviously the big designers are using them to death, and as a result, there are tons of affordable ones out there. Structured peplum tops look elegant with sleek trousers or a pencil skirt. More casual, looser fitting peplums are great with distressed denim or even shorts for a playful, trendy look. My advice, don’t spend a fortune; they won’t be in favor forever. But for now, scoop one up that’s reasonably priced and feel feminine and flirty, as they make any body look curvy.

Rigel Herman is the Manager of Atlantic Avenue boutique, Palm Beach Native Sun, a freelance stylist and closet re-organizer. She is also a die-hard follower of fashion.
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