Layer it on

By Jessica R. Key

Kristin Svyantek Garvey Executive Director Indiana Commission for Women Add some sophistication to a back and white outfit with touches of leather. (Jacket, BB Dakota, $88; dress, Katherine Barclay, $218; Profile Boutique; black pumps, stylist’s private collection)

Kristin Svyantek Garvey
Executive Director
Indiana Commission for Women
Add some sophistication to a back and white outfit with touches of leather. (Jacket, BB Dakota, $88; dress, Katherine Barclay, $218; Profile Boutique; black pumps, stylist’s private collection)

Coco Chanel is famously quoted as saying “less is more.” In the fashion world, she is absolutely correct. But I believe if she ever experienced winter in Indiana, she’d modify her statement.

Hoosiers in northern Indiana get chilled-to-the-bone wind gusts that bounce off of lake Michigan; Hoosiers in the southern part of the state sometimes experience a slightly mild winter; and on any given day, Central Indiana residents may encounter all four seasons within a 24-hour time frame.

When temperatures dip low the best thing one can do is bundle up…in the most stylish way possible. For business meetings and other professional settings, Indiana workers should consider smart layering.

Layering is the art of wearing multiple pieces of clothing one upon another to provide style, comfort and of course warmth! The key to getting this trend right is making sure the textures, colors and patterns have continuity and most importantly, you don’t look too bulky.

On the coming pages are three professionals who represent various sectors of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. They display styles that are perfect for the winter season and also fashion forward.

Just like every woman should have a little black dress, every woman should also have a wrap dress. Wrap dresses are figure flattering for any body style and oh, so versatile. Add a faux fur scarf for fun! (Wrap dress, Kiyonna, $100; scarf, Faux Go Scarf, $125, Profile Boutique; shoes, Alfani, stylist’s private collection)

Just like every woman should have a little black dress, every woman should also have a wrap dress. Wrap dresses are figure flattering for any body style and oh, so versatile. Add a faux fur scarf for fun! (Wrap dress, Kiyonna, $100; scarf, Faux Go Scarf, $125, Profile Boutique; shoes, Alfani, stylist’s private collection)

 

Danielle Dean Executive Director Commission for Hispanic/Latino Affairs To make a standard shift dress go from blah to “bam!” invest in items that add interest and pizzazz. (Jacket, $125; dress, My Dribe, $218, Profile Boutique; snake skin pumps, Aldo; stylist’s private collection)

James Garrett Jr. Executive director Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males Layering isn’t just for putting random pieces of clothing together. You can still get a layered effect with a standard suit. (Suit, Polo Ralph Lauren; shirt, Aster; sweater, Cornellani; tie, Tino Cojura; boots, Stafford wingtips) - stylist’s private collection

James Garrett Jr.
Executive director
Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males
Layering isn’t just for putting random pieces of clothing together. You can still get a layered effect with a standard suit. (Suit, Polo Ralph Lauren; shirt, Aster; sweater, Cornellani; tie, Tino Cojura; boots, Stafford wingtips) – stylist’s private collection

Acknowledgements

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

Fawhn Anderson

Paul D. Best Photography

Styles by Ms. Ely