A few months ago I came across a picture of Jessica Alba in a gorgeous look on her way to Ralph Lauren’s S/S 14 show at NYFW. Why I loved it? Because she incorporated warm weather flowing pastels with her cold weather chunky dark neutrals to create a refreshing take on fall dressing. This instantly inspired, what I consider to be, the perfect winter date night look.
Jessica’s look will set you back big bucks, but there are easy ways to achieve her look on any budget. Some tips for perfectly achieving her look include keeping the sweater cropped. This will keep the sweater from overpowering the skirt and will make your overall look appear slim and clean. Another tip is to keep the skirt airy by choosing a light, flowing fabric. Heavier textures will, you guessed it, make the overall look feel heavy so stick to silks and chiffons.
Another skirt tip is to keep the length to a midi or slightly higher. A full on maxi will also create a heavy illusion but it also really covers you up – it is date night so keep it fun and flirty (and feel free to rock a mini if you’re ready to brave the cold)! Lastly, if you live in a place where strappy sandals aren’t a fall/winter option, don’t be afraid to try a pointy-toe pump or a classic ankle bootie. Either shoe option would work great with this look.
Get the Look:
Top: TopShop Knitted Crop Cable Jumper; Skirt: Free People Pretty Pleats Skirt; Shoes: Zara Suede Leather High Heel Sandal; Bag: TopShop Leather and Suede Plated Tote; Bracelet: Nordstrom Chunky Link Bracelet
BCBG Runway Millie Cropped Sweater, $268. This luxurious wool/cashmere blend sweater is the perfect topper to your flowing skirt.
ASOS Cropped Sweater with Roll Neck in Chunky Rib, $62.29. Another great black option, this time chunky with a turtleneck. This is perfect for adding some extra warmth and volume to your skirt.
Free People Ruffle Tulle Skirt, $98. Get girly in this pretty ruffled skirt from Free People. The layered tulle will add some texture and dimension to your look.
River Island Pink Sequin Midi Skirt, $80. For a more dressed up take, try a sequins skirt. The crop sweater will tone down the shine and glitz of the sequins while still giving your look some pop.
Helmut Lang Drape-Front Midi Skirt, $192 (on sale). Dig something more form fitting? Show of your curves in this gorgeous Helmut skirt to give your look some serious sex appeal.
As for shoes, again, don’t stress it. From strappy sandals to ankle booties, you have plenty of options to pair with this look. Top off with a pretty chain-link bracelet and a black bag and you’re ready to take on date night.
Emiko Vaughn is a personal stylist and wardrober from Cleveland, OH. She currently co-owns and operates personal styling company Lageson & Vaughn with her business partner, Kirsten Lageson.