Layers key to looking fabulous in cooler weather

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Melanie Mauldin, the owner of HandPicked, shows off of a faux-fur vest Oct. 22 from one of the many collections the store has to offer. HandPicked is located at The Avenue in Murfreesboro. (TMP/M. Hudgins)
Leaves are changing colors and temperatures are dropping – fall has arrived.

With cold mornings, warm afternoons and colder nights, it can be tough to dress for the weather. By lunchtime, you’re cooking in that cableknit sweater that was so cozy at 6 a.m. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered (pun intended)!

An easy way to prepare for wishy-washy weather is to layer – leggings, scarves, sweaters, you name it. Keep in mind, the importance of layering appropriately, says New York City-based celebrity stylist, Alana Kelen, whose clients include Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, John Mayer and Natasha Bedingfield.

“Layer in the right way, so you feel comfortable taking off layers as the day goes on and what you’re wearing underneath is good to wear alone,” she said.

She offered her advice last week to fashionistas shopping at Murfreesboro’s newest jewelry and accessories boutique, HandPicked, which recently opened next to E. Allen at The Avenue.

Kelen pointed to scarves as a great way to add pizzazz to an outfit but still be functional. Or layer a thin, long-sleeved shirt with a faux fur vest, which Kelen says provides an extra bit of warmth without bulking up.

If you’re reluctant to let summer go, pair some leggings with a colorful sundress. Add a tissue-thin turtleneck underneath for extra coverage. You’ll want to avoid wearing super-summery frocks like white eyelet dresses, but floral or bohemian dresses work well.

To create a more feminine look, don some trendy ballet flats, or toughen up a girly dress with some mid-calf leather boots and a cropped denim or leather jacket.

As the weather gets progressively cooler, opt for a sweater dress over knitted tights. The GAP suggests adding a swingy cardigan and a cowl-neck scarf for extra oomph! This trendy-yet-comfy clothing company also advises pairing “good old-fashioned slouchy sweaters with sexy snakeskin jeans.” You don’t want to look slouchy all over, so be sure to include some structure on either top or bottom.

Take a cue from nature and opt for warm oranges, golden yellows or jewel tones like rich purple and deep teal.

Tips for fall faces

M.A.C cosmetics issued its fall/winter trend report back in July, but now that the weather is cooling off, we can put those tips into practice.

“A Sixties redux vibe that’s making texture-play feel contemporary by giving retro-inflected looks a modern rethink,” the makeup company advised to achieve its “Mod-Ernist” look.

Pair nearly nude cheeks and soft pink lips with a pop of orange eye shadow.

Looking to play up your eyes even more? Bring out your inner artist with a Disco-Tech look using brightly colored greens, blues and yellows.

“A reconsideration of decadence executed in a way that’s all about creative confidence and the most high-tech colours and textures,” M.A.C wrote.

Smoke your eyes by smudging some charcoal liner and shadow and pair with bold, striking lips for a “Tough Love” appeal.

“The hard, honed look at androgynous makeup’s stamped-on red lips and fiercely tuned eyes that’s making boy-girl power and attitude about more than raw skin and bare lashes,” says M.A.C cosmetics.

If you’re nervous about trying one of these looks, try one aspect that appeals to you and go from there. Just remember to focus attention on one area; you don’t want bold eyes, lips and cheeks – unless it’s Halloween, of course.
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