So, Susie…The weather is still a bit cool, and I’ve got a dressy event coming up. How do I stay warm while still looking seasonal and stylish?

Yes, it is spring. And that means lots of events to attend from graduations, showers, birthday parties and charity events. I love helping women find just the right thing….and the good news is that currently there’s a dress for every occasion. But I do get asked over and over again, "What to wear in case it’s cold or to cover my shoulders?" I just recently heard a pashmina wrap adds ten years, and I couldn’t agree more. So, let’s say goodbye cardigans and pashmina wraps and give one of these more stylish alternatives a try.

1. A blazer. Consider layering it over a slip dress or a statement skirt. It looks best if it’s a double-breasted style. You can drape it over your shoulders for a little glamour.

2. A duster. Inspired by my daughter, I’ve wanted one since she wore to all her sorority events layered over her black dresses. Try one in a pretty color. The key is a flowy one that is lightweight.

3. A Kimono. These come in many different patterns and different lengths. Find one you love and any simple dress can be worn under. It makes for a very old-school glamorous look.

4. A leather jacket. Consider pretty colors instead of a go-to black one. But black will work too. A leather jacket works every time over most dresses and adds a little edge.

Here’s an outfit suggestion to get your style ideas flowing:

June and Hudson Trench (Whoops! Looks like the word got out on this one. It is sold out!)Lizzie Fortunato Go-Go NecklaceLeith Ruched Body-Con Tank DressYves Saint Laurent ‘La Laque Couture’ (in Rose Abstract)Valentino GARAVANI Rockstud Wave Slingback SandalClare V. Le Freak Flat Clutch

Susie Wright of The Susie Wright Project is the quintessential stylist. She weaves her well-honed creativity into everything she does – whether it’s styling her clients’ wardrobes, recommending beauty products and procedures, decorating her beautiful home, or buying gifts for her dear friends and loved ones. She especially has a unique sense for transforming women of our certain age so that we look fresh and polished and not overdone. Make sure you follow her on instagram to get more inspiration and ideas: @susie.wright

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