Wrapping Up in Mississippi


A simple (but not ordinary, thanks to a swath of leather) black dress can handle a lot of layering without looking over-the-top. On warm days, show off your gams, and on cold ones grab a pair of black tights. Cynthia Steffe dress, $195


Add a fitted blazer in an eye-popping ivory (rather than the standard black) for a light second layer. Theory blazer, $415


For chilly offices, try a baby-soft ruffled shawl—perfect to throw around your shoulders or use as a lap blanket while at work. Minnie Rose cashmere shawl, $318


When you have to leave the office and take on the elements, a bright orange patterned coat keeps your spirits up when the temps are low. Milly coat, $550


Stash a scarf and a pair of gloves in your purse for those few days when it gets truly cold. Shawl Smith London pashmina, $38


Echodesign leather gloves, $70 (currently 50 percent off)

It's that time again: "winter" in Mississippi, which means one day might be 35 degrees and the next, highs could hit 70 degrees--or perhaps we could see both in the same day. Add in the fluctuating temperatures of most offices, and a fashionista has to be prepared for a wide range of temperatures each day.

Whether you are a newcomer to Mississippi or a native, you quickly learn that clothing must be versatile. We Mississippians must be prepared to dress appropriately for those cool mornings and evenings and transition smoothly into the creeping warmth of the afternoon.

Luckily, local stores can help us accomplish this both comfortably and fashionably.

First, we must know how to layer for our specific needs. If you are a corporate fashionista, then you have to understand how to maintain your femininity while remaining ueber professional. Some appropriate layering ideas for you begin with slacks and a blouse or maybe that perfect and always-reliable shift dress. The next step is to add the small elements to the outfit that pull it all together and add the necessary warmth for those early mornings and late evenings after work. Some great options include a basic cardigan with lace detailing, the perfectly textured peplum jacket, or that go-to one-button blazer or 
tuxedo jacket.

To add just a little more warmth, plus pizzazz, look to the scarf. This staple product helps add a personal touch to your ensemble. You could opt for the crinkled, silk, beaded, knitted, animal printed, houndstooth or pashmina wrap in lieu of the jacket or cardigan--or add it on top. There is so much opportunity for versatility here that it is really up to individual taste.

The casually attired fashionista can employ many of the same ideas. We can build our outfits with items such as slim or straight-leg corduroy pants, printed ankle pants or a favorite pair of chinos, paired with a long-sleeve tee, turtleneck or button-front blouse. The perfect outerwear for casual looks might be a velvet blazer, a leather motorcycle jacket, lace blazer, or an open-front cable or colorblock cardigan. Match these items with the perfect pair of gloves, some creative scarf ideas and, voila, you're layered and ready for the fluctuating winter weather.


Treehouse Boutique, 3008 N. State St., 601-982-3433


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