October 3rd, 2008
Q: I love wearing scoopneck shirts in the summer–they show my collarbones (my favorite parts of my body), and the rounded neckline really complements my curvier body. Is there any way to get a similar effect with warm, winter clothes? I feel like everything I try on for fall/winter makes me look gigantic.
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by Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant
A: When you find what works for you, our best advice is to stick with it. Since you find that scoopneck tops flatter your figure, we encourage you to wear them all year round. Here’s how to wear this summer weather top during fall and winter.
Instead of summer’s plain cotton scoopnecks, look for winter varieties in thin, warm insulating fabrics. We’d recommend against chunky, bulky fabrics, as the volume on these tops will erase the figure flattery gains you’re getting with the scoopneck shirts. Instead opt for fabrics that are natural insulators, such as silk.
But of course, thin fabrics aren’t naturally as warm as thicker fabrics. To get the warming effect of a thick fabric with the look off thinner fabrics, dress in layers. You can layer two (or more) thin shirts together to get the warming power of a thicker shirt or sweater. When you wear two thin shirts, you get the warmth of each of the individual shirts, plus the heating power of the warm air trapped in between the shirts. Two are really better than one, especially if your undershirt is made of silk.
If layered shirts are still not warm enough for you, add a cozy sweater or cardigan. You don’t need bulk for warmth if you’re layering - merino wool and cashmere are warm without necessarily being bulky.
And if you feel a chill, throw on a pretty scarf. There’s no excuse for not wearing your favorite neckline!
Have a great tip about how to wear summer clothes during fall and winter? Share it with us in the comments!