First of all, use a slim base layer. Many companies like Lands End, Athleta, and others offer "t-shirts" in a warming and moisture wicking fabric. Typically these are slimmer than a regular cotton t- shirt. They also tend to be smoother, allowing your second layer to flow better, without making "lumps".
Secondly, wear socks. Knee socks to be precise. Boots are lovely, but a regular pair of leather boots are not going to do much to keep your feet warm on a chilly day of shopping. The bonus of knee socks, is they keep your legs warmer as well.
My third tip will come as no surprise, add a great scarf. Not only can the color and/or patter brighten up your outfit, but the added layer adds warmth.
Here's how I recently applied those tips to an outfit for a day of errands with my family:
Jeans - Modern Skinny - this season from Ann Taylor
T-shirt - Lord and Taylor
Sweater - Pure Jill from J Jill
Scarf - Pure Jill from J Jill
Sneakers - Fall Season from Target
Bag - Kate Spade
Since I had on a scarf, I didn't wear a necklace. I did pull out these older earrings form Stella and Dot to bling it up a little.
Typically I would have worn boots with this outfit, but I was trying to give my feet a rest and pulled out these sneakers I got at Target a couple months ago. (paired with classic black knee socks of course!)
Another great idea is to pair a classic cashmere turtleneck with a warm jacket or blazer. There's a look that's never out of style. Pair them with your favorite skinnies and riding boots, or with a great pair of boot cut jeans.
How are you keeping warm without the bulk?
catch you soon -
This post is linked up at The Pleated Poppy and at Get Your Pretty On. Check them out for more outfit ideas and inspiration.