Top drawer

Spring break when it’s still snowing

Lisa Watters

• Who she is: Lisa Watters

• What she’s wearing: a flowered J.Crew halter dress (picked up at a clothing swap) over a black turtleneck cast-off from her mother; an Irish wool cardigan (also from the clothing swap); tall black boots from T.J. Maxx; necklace from Ten Thousand Villages.

• Why we love it: As magazines like Allure and Jane insist, you no longer have to pack your flimsy summer dresses away when the weather turns cold. Just take a hint from Lisa and layer feminine floral patterns over a turtleneck, long-sleeved T or thermal and add a chunky sweater and boots.

Try this on

Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. Sure, the art of embellishing an outfit takes a little know-how, but these cute add-ons found around town lend a sense of whimsical style to any ensemble:

• The Costume Shoppe recently relocated to 243 Haywood St. (252-8404). Check the new space for a wide range of tights, socks and over-the-knee socks; hats you never knew you needs (top hats, plaid drivers’ caps, bonnets); feather boas and gossamer wings.

• Street Fair (42 Battery Park Ave., 253-0836) stocks an array of wood-and-bead hair sticks ($9 and up); arm warmers — some with fleece lining (around $14 and up); and legwarmers — from thickly knit to thin and sleek (about $9 and up).

• Future Visions (37 Wall St., 254-3477) carries vividly colored Chinese-print change purses and small bags ($1.50 and up), purses ($9 and up), small backpacks ($27) and elegant folding paper fans ($2 and up).

• Dolce Vita (34 Wall St., 253-1584) offers locally made jewelry such as bead earrings by T.R. Designs ($18) and sterling silver and 14-karat-gold earrings by Jenn’s Designs (various prices). Also check out the shop’s selection of ornate, antique-style bracelets ($19.99).

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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