What we wear on a day-to-day basis can be dependent on a number of things. Maybe we pick a certain item from our closet because it represents how we are feeling that day. Or we could choose something completely different to mirror an event we’re attending. But one other factor that nearly always comes into play is the weather. Enter: overcast style.
We wear clothes to protect ourselves from the weather (think your trusty waterproof trench coat) and also to expose ourselves to the elements (strappy camis and shorts during summer). So what about gloomy days? Overcast style doesn’t have to mimic the weather. It actually should distract from the grey skies!
Most people are well versed in what to wear at both ends of the weather spectrum. Right up to the point that most people have a spring/summer wardrobe and a fall/winter wardrobe. (Don’t you?) However, the issues start when we experience weather that is neither here nor there. A typical overcast, cloudy day may not be particularly cold, but you may find yourself getting the odd shiver or two if you go out in a thin dress and sandals.
Equally, you may set off on your walk to work thinking that you are dressed appropriately – when in reality, you have worn far too many layers and you are sweating before you’re even halfway there! This leads many of us to loss as to how to dress for weather that isn’t too hot, yet isn’t too cold. If you are struggling with your cloudy day style, take a look at the follow outfit inspiration so you can put something together that’s practical AND on trend.
Overcast Style: How to do Fashionable Dressing on Cloudy Days
Knit cardigans and sweaters
You may not know it yet, but cardigans and sweaters are just about to become your new BFFs. When the temperature outside is not exactly warm, but it’s not cold or too breezy either, a coat or lined jacket can sometimes be a little too much. That’s when we turn to the trusty cardigan.
These knitted cover-ups are great to throw on over just about anything. Whether it’s a cute dress or a classic jeans and shirt combo! They also give your outfit a fun, shabby-chic edge. It’s your call if you wear them buttoned up or open and loose. Plus, they are relatively inexpensive from most high street stores, so you should be able to grab a few in different colours! They’re also a great investment for the warmer and colder seasons too, as you can pop them over your shoulders on summer evenings, and layer them as part of your fall closet.
Sweater dresses for spring and fall
Some of us girls swear by dresses. After all, there is just something ultra-chic about them, right? However, finding a dress suitable for a cloudy, cool day can often be a challenge. Floaty summer dresses don’t keep you warm enough, and if it’s a little windy outside you may find that you spend half your time holding them down to your legs! That is why it can be worth finding out how to wear a sweater dress.
These incredibly versatile pieces of clothing are a must-have in any woman’s closet. And the best part? You can dress them up and down! Pair with bare legs and a pair of sneakers for ultimate daytime cool, or don a pair of fishnet tights and knee-high boots to glam the look up a little.
Everyday staple basics
As much as we all hope for sun all year ’round, the truth is, we are far more likely to get grey, overcast days. With that in mind, it can be incredibly useful to have an array of everyday basics in your closet – just so when these days come around, you aren’t scrambling to fish something out of your laundry basket. (Oh come one, we’ve all been there.)
The first item is a pair of great fitting, high quality jeans. Jeans are ideal for when it’s not quite hot enough for bare legs. And no woman’s closet is complete without at least one pair of skinnies. Use these jeans as the building blocks for your overcast style look and pair them with various tops.
You can never go wrong with a button down shirt and if the sun does end up showing its face, you can always roll up the sleeves and loosen the neck to feel a little cooler. Cami tops are also very useful for overcast style too. Get a few in a variety of colours, pair with your trusty cardigan and you’re good to go!
This ‘Overcast Style’ post was contributed to The Lady-like Leopard.