Lacey Hazel, an edgy fashionista whose bohemian flair always makes her look as if she just stepped off the set of a slick impressionist film from the 1930s, suggests layering a thin ladies' thermal insulation shirt under your lighter tops and blouses versus wearing a thick sweater to avoid a bulky look.
She also likes layering colors, textures and patterns with her favorite fabrics. One of her favorite way to wear shorts is not for the weak of constitution or wavering confidence: "Bare leg and heels with a heavy yet stylish coat, as my Russian friends effortlessly pull off!" She admits that this is "Best for when you know you will spend little time outside. Vodka helps."
As for footwear, wear a bootie or tall boot, unless you are going to a formal event. For dressier occasions, wear dark hose and a simple pump with a lace, sequin or tuxedo-style short.
Dennise Smith is a Charleston lawyer, fashion designer and co-founder of the local arts group Nomadic Tribes Collective.