5 easy ways to give your winter look a boost - une femme d'un certain âge

5 easy ways to give your winter look a boost

Transitional season capsule wardrobe for Spring. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

In some ways, what we need from our wardrobes now isn’t that different from when we travel. With many of us spending more time at home, we want/need comfort. But if we also want to feel well dressed and pulled together, that requires a wardrobe with versatility, cohesion, and pieces that can multi-task. (Not unlike a travel wardrobe.)

earrings | sweater | cardigan | sweater | jeans | jeans | shoes | bag

If your winter wardrobe is feeling a little stale, here’s an idea (above) for a wardrobe capsule that could transition into spring. (Depending on your climate, of course.)

One of the things that I’ve learned from putting together travel wardrobes is that lightweight sweaters which can be layered are more versatile than heavy, bulky ones. And you can wear them singly when the weather warms up.

5 easy ways to give your winter look a boost:

Denim refresh

Instead of automatically reaching for your dark wash jeans (or denim jacket), try white, off-white, or a lighter wash.

Lighten up

Swap out your dark bag for a lighter or colorful one.

Get sporty!

When the weather allows, swap out your ankle boots for a pair of hi-top leather sneakers. Your outfit will look lighter and fresher!


Add some color near your face with a sweater or scarf.

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Wear a little lipstick if you like, and add some fun earrings that will reflect light around your face.

Join me on Zoom this Saturday!

Skincare to Refresh, Revive and Thrive….

If your skin could use a winter boost, come join me for a LIVE Zoom with me and Brian of Brian + MW. He’s going to be taking me through a guided at-home facial and you’re invited! It will be this Saturday at 3p ET/12p PT.

Space is limited, but if you’re interested in attending, please email Brian@BrianandMW.com. And if you have any skincare questions you’d like to ask, please let him know.

I think it will be very fun and informative, so I hope you will join us. We’ll also be doing some live makeup Zooms in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

Stay in touch.

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  1. Book Goddess
    February 17, 2021 / 7:58 am

    I am so in love with that Boden cardigan but I am sensitive to wool. Very sad.

    • Susan Blakey
      February 17, 2021 / 8:41 am

      I’ll keep an eye out for similar styles that are wool-free and share when I find them.

  2. Janelle
    February 17, 2021 / 11:59 am

    Hi Susan, as I have been experiencing significant hair loss the past few months, I noticed the Vegamour article under ‘Sites We Love’ at the bottom of your post today. I’m wondering if you or any of your readers have tried their products and to what degree of success. Many thanks, Janelle

    • Susan Blakey
      February 17, 2021 / 12:06 pm

      Hi Janelle, so sorry to hear you’re dealing with that. I have not tried Vegamour, but have been using Nutrafol for some months now and seeing some results with it.

  3. February 17, 2021 / 11:27 pm

    I think you always have a really good eye for translating, so to speak, younger looks into clothes that are completely reasonable for older women. I really appreciate that instinct, because most younger looks look fun but hard to see on me. Thanks so much for this ongoing effort. 🙂

  4. McKlem
    February 18, 2021 / 6:19 am

    Your California-end-of-winter looks = my Chicago-spring-early-summer looks. LOL
    But they are still great!

    • LisaMarieChicago
      February 18, 2021 / 12:47 pm

      So true. With 2 feet of snow on the ground, it seems warm weather will never arrive.

  5. Jean
    February 18, 2021 / 6:27 am

    Hi, Susan…an inspiring capsule as usual 😉 I’ve been wearing the J. Crew cashmere crew on repeat this winter…wondered what you think about the soft laurel (a pale green color)…cool or warm shade? I’m tempted but not sure…

    • Susan Blakey
      February 18, 2021 / 7:50 am

      Thanks! It’s always hard to gauge colors online. On my monitor, it seems to have a yellowish undertone (warm). To me it looks more like an Autumn green than a Spring one. If I have a chance to see it in person, I’ll report back.

  6. Anonymous
    February 18, 2021 / 8:52 am

    Lighter weight sweaters are definitely practical. This winter I have added a couple of bulky knits. Why not? Other people wear hoodies. It has been extremely cold, and the bulky sweaters feel like a warm hug in this winter of our discontent. I haven’t owned any in a long time, and they feel just right.

  7. February 21, 2021 / 4:43 pm

    I’m with you on the lipstick!! I have skin damage on my lips and need to have something one them.

  8. MJ
    February 23, 2021 / 11:58 am

    You had me at “high top sneakers”! Just bought them in tan. I had some Taos sandals years ago that I literally wore out, they were so comfortable, so I have high hopes for the sneakers. Hope that you get a commission for acting as my personal shopper.

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