Three Looks: Audrey Huber of A Lovely Escape

You know that girl? She looks impossibly chic no matter how blustery the weather. She masters the art of layering. She is fabulously styled. Luckily, she’s shared her secrets with us. And now with you, too!

Audrey Huber, fashion blogger behind A Lovely Escape, is always well-styled with a few choice accessories that pop. Based in Chicago, she is proof that you can still look on-trend without sacrificing function. Audrey gives us the scoop on how to look oh-so-cute without freezing yourself silly, while embracing an adventurous approach to color.

For the workweek, revive a monochromatic wardrobe with your favorite spring florals. Pair a punchy top or skirt against a dark palette for an insta-dose of cheerfulness. It’s easy to fall under the “black widow” spell, but just as simple to layer in a piece that pops. Ladylike touches like Audrey’s bowler hat, patent leather tote, and suede pumps sophisticate her look.

Of her favorite black pumps, Audrey says, “These shoes are my all time favorites. Every time I wear them I get stopped to ask where I got them, and even better—they’re comfy!” It’s okay to stick true to the special pieces that get you through the winter season…and then wear them every single day. While we of course appreciate investing in a timeless, highbrow pair of heeled boots, your go-to winter boots will be the waterproof pair you can puddle-jump in 24/7 without worry. Word to the wise: Audrey commutes in her red Hunter Boots, and stashes her office casual booties in her tote; a career girl rite of passage.

When you window-shop (or splurge!) with the girls post-brunch, ditch the North Face fleece and bundle up in a statement coat. Audrey’s trusty parka of choice has a dramatic hood that plays double duty with a removable faux-fur liner. We also appreciate straying from expected black or navy outerwear. If you’re on the hunt for a new coat, take a chance on an unexpected hue, as it’s an outfit within itself.

Another nod to adventurous color: after Audrey spotted the bright pink beanies on Tibi’s runway last year, she scouted a lookalike without breaking the bank. “I was on a mission to find one of my own. I couldn’t justify spending $90 on a winter hat, so I found one on Etsy,” says Audrey. Identify the trends you want to achieve and then make them happen on your own terms.

“Little things make a big difference” rings especially true in regards to accessorizing. Like your grandmother always says: lipstick makes a world of difference. Pick a signature shade and stick with it through thick and thin. Fight chapped lips by applying some rosebud salve beforehand. Your accessories tell a story: fish your favorite trinkets out of the jewelry box, and never forget your gloves (extra points for text-friendly pouches).

For date night, play with textures as an excuse to stay warm. Swap out your daily tote for a romantic, feathery clutch with a bit of glitz. In this case, mix metallics; they lend a festive feel to any look. After eyeing a pleated maxi skirt that was beyond her budget, Audrey snagged this silver lookalike dress at Forever21.

If a piece you covet isn’t in season, cover up with luxe extras, like a patterned scarf or shrunken moto jacket. Remember to keep a realistic balance. While the accordion skirt strikes a glamorous note, Audrey can’t wear it in the winter unless she layers up. “I really love dressing the dress down by layering more casual pieces over it, like a leather jacket or a chunky gray sweater for a chic monochromatic look,” she says. The chunkier the scarf, the better!

While you can embrace color, accessorize without abandon, and layer, at the end of the day, there’s no one formula to cold-weather style… it’s all about how you make it your own with flair.