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Giving Winter The Pink Slip

After walking around downtown and seeing hoards of people wearing everything from blanket scarves completely enveloping their heads to full-on onesie snowsuits thanks to the bone-chilling weather, I had a bit of a winter fashion meltdown.

I was sick of hearing the “swish swish” of snowsuit clad thighs rubbing together. The clomp clomp of winter boots marching around was making me sad. And don’t get me started on the many people who opt for the “Burglar Chic” look (ugh – balaclavas) to protect their faces from the windchill. #FrostBiteLife

Giving Winter The Pink Slip - Style Domination by Dominique Baker
Giving Winter The Pink Slip - Style Domination by Dominique Baker

A couple of weeks ago at the beginning of the Mars-like Ottawa weather, I was invited to a lunch event. I needed to dress for the -25C weather and felt totally uninspired.


Satin Dress – Aritzia (similar) | Cardigan – Zara (similar) | Shoes – Steve Madden | Belt – Club Monaco (no longer available | Earrings – Mango (similar)

Staring at the few wool pants in my wardrobe, I let out a big, long sigh and longed for the lazy days of lounging on a beach. It had been way too long since I had set eyes on some azure shores….and I had spent way too much time wearing winter gear.

Giving Winter The Pink Slip - Style Domination by Dominique Baker

My pink satin slip dress hung in a corner of the closet, waiting her turn to be worn when spring rolled around. I looked at the dress and wished I could wear it. “Why not, though?” I wondered aloud and grabbed her.

Maybe I could wear a black turtleneck underneath the dress and cinch the waist with a cool black belt. When I bought the dress from Aritzia, I had also snagged a beautiful chunky sweater in a rich, dusty mauve colour. The sweater’s colour would flatter the slipdress beautifully, but I wanted to show some skin.

Giving Winter The Pink Slip - Style Domination by Dominique Baker

During the Boxing Week sales, I scored a lush, floor-length cardigan in a rich oatmeal colour. I also found my long lost, tobacco-coloured belt that was a wildly expensive purchase from Club Monaco. Everything came together beautifully “perfect storm style”, and my current favourite winter outfit was born.

I know, I know – you couldn’t possibly wear this look out and about right now anywhere north of Florida, especially with those metallic stilettos, but you sure can when you go directly from the house, to the garage, to the event’s garage to the event!

Giving Winter The Pink Slip - Style Domination by Dominique Baker

Anyways, I took a chance and took the time to “shop my closet” to find a cool outfit using pieces I already have and I’m thrilled with this look. It inspired me to wear each of the separate pieces in new ways, breathing life into a closet full of great basics and fun trends.

Do you shop your closet or run to the stores when you need an outfit in a pinch? Better yet, do you get creative with your style during the dead of winter? Do tell!

Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

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  1. January 24, 2019 / 8:46 am

    I am so limited in my closet (post baby issues) that I have to get creative. I literally shop my closet but reinvent the way it was worn. I love it. It makes me feel creative.

    • Dominique
      January 24, 2019 / 11:25 am

      That’s awesome, Sandy! Exact way to do it!

  2. Nicole Franks
    January 24, 2019 / 6:58 pm

    Great idea on bringing out the slip dress now. I love the way you styled it. Never hurts to mix things up sometimes. Keeps others wondering what you’re going to do next. Showing a little skin from time to time , makes us keep it hydrated and not neglected underneath those winter clothes.

    • Dominique
      January 25, 2019 / 10:40 am

      Thank you so much for your comment, Nicole! I completely agree!

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