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Wear + where: Lindsay Laws, co-owner of Lucy Rose 

Dressing for wacky weather

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Louisiana "winter" can be fickle. Morning temperatures can dawdle around the 50-degree mark, then soar to a high of 85 by late afternoon, making the turtleneck and corduroy pants you wore to work a regrettable wardrobe choice. Lindsay Laws and co-owner and sister Kaitlyn Tufts of Lucy Rose (534 Chartres St., 504-267-0305; 3318 Magazine St., 504-895-0444; www.shoplucyrose.com) talk about year-end trends and share tips for dressing for the days that the weather defies logic.  Laws and Tufts say fall and winter are all about layering and mixing textures, but choosing thin layers is an outfit-saver when the mercury begins to climb. ("It may be 60 degrees outside, but this is still New Orleans," Tufts says.) Take a wardrobe staple like a simple, flattering LBD and throw a chunky sweater in a fun color or pattern over it. Tufts says cool weather color trends are rust and emerald, and Laws says summertime-favorite blush is sticking around.  "I love accessories," the sisters gush, but, they add, balance is all-important. Statement pieces are trending, but Laws advises pairing a statement necklace with simple earrings, or statement earrings with a simple ring to avoid the gilded look. Open-back mules and booties are musts, and the season's updates (pointed and open-toe, deluxe fabrics such as suede and velvet and a new palette of colors) elevate the sometimes-frumpy footwear to shoes chic enough for a night on the town.  For the base of this look, Laws and Tufts chose a simple black jogger jumpsuit with a V-neck. "V-necks elongate you and make you feel taller and more slender — always go for a V over a crew neck," Laws says. She chose a long tassel necklace as a statement piece to continue the optical illusion that the V-neck creates. She kept the earrings simple, but opted for bold, playful hoops when she added the leopard-print sweater. To make sure the layered look didn't appear bulky, she and Tufts gave the sweater a playful side knot to designate the waist. A floppy hat in merlot-colored felt tops it all off.

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