November 2020

The shift to neutrals: tips for styling cozy fall/winter looks

Soft textures. Quiet colors. Stephanie Trotta from The Girl Guide is known among friends and clients for her classic yet fresh aesthetic. This season, we asked Stephanie how she transforms her favorite pieces from our collection into stylish looks that are ready for the colder weather ahead.

As the temperatures drop, some of my favorite things to do are curling up on the couch with a great book and a cup of tea, and taking long morning walks on the beach with my two boys and husband. It’s a time to get cozy and enjoy the shift in the weather. 

I love neutral colors and believe that combining beautiful, calming shades in varying textures is the key to creating a timeless and chic wardrobe. It’s important that you have warm, stylish pieces that mix together to work, no matter where this winter happens to take you.

LAYER YOUR LOOK.
Layering neutrals and textures creates timeless looks that are chic, comfortable, and ready for whatever week and weekend adventures await. From the coat to the sweater and boots, these designs from Garnet Hill are pieces that I will go to again and again. They are essentials for any cold-weather wardrobe.

ADD TEXTURAL INTEREST.
When selecting gloves and a hat, I go for styles that offer richness, like these alpaca-blend hat and mittens. The pom-pom adds a playful touch to the hat, and the convertible mittens make it easy to do things like checking my phone and zipping my son’s jacket, without taking them off.

GO WARM. GO COZY.
This year more than ever I’m looking forward to spending more time outside: roasting marshmallows by the fire, walks with family and friends, and moving from one weekend adventure to the next. This cashmere sweater cape is an ideal way to tie an outfit together. Pair it with a long-sleeved knit top or wear it over another sweater for colder temps.

SHIFT TO NEUTRALS.
There’s something luxurious about soft neutrals in fine fabrics and fibers. These are timeless building blocks for any wardrobe whether you are out and about or just getting comfy at home. You can mix them again and again to create so many looks.

A cozy tip: leave a pair of these go-with-everything cashmere slides next to your bed, so you can slip them on first thing in the morning. They’re as important as your first cup of coffee.

NOW TO WRAP IT UP.
My favorite piece from the Garnet Hill cashmere collection is this cashmere wrap. It’s offered in ten different colors, making it easy to have more than one, and it can be worn at home as a wrap or outdoors as a sophisticated, oversized scarf for extra warmth and to compliment any outfit. 

What are your favorite go-to layering pieces this season? For more inspiration, explore the latest Garnet Hill collection of cozy apparel and footwear.


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