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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at info@forefrontfashion.com Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Fore Front Fashion with Laura Serino
Posted: January 31, 2013

How to look good in layers: essential tips from Portland Dry Goods

Portland Dry Goods on Commercial Street is home to some folks that know how to dress. Naturally, with all this talk about how to look good in cold weather, I tapped Dustin and Rori from PDG to give us some tips on how to layer in any weather. After all, winter in Maine means being prepared for the negative digits to a day like today (hello, 50 degrees).

A thermal shirt under a button down can be relatively discreet and really help in keeping you warm with your jacket off. A waffle-knit will help trap and heat air, and though cotton isn’t as technical as many modern fabrics, it’s far better than nothing.

Texture can really take a sweater to the next level – there’s nothing wrong with a simple garment but a cable knit or shaggy dog style sweater can really add some personality to an outfit without being too loud. Subtle details are everything! Plus, it’s an essential layer in order to keep you warm.

Bold colors on coats aren’t as difficult to “pull off” as one might think – stick to primaries or colors you feel comfortable with matching.

Another surefire way to stay warm? Stack layers of wool. Wool socks, wool coat, wool sweater, scarf, hat. There are even companies that make a finely woven lightweight wool tee shirt. Wool serves as a better insulator than cotton, its breathable and it wicks moisture – which means if you’re switching from inside to out you won’t find yourself freezing in your own sweat (a grim fate).

Rori’s shirt, sweater and jacket are all from Barbour by David Wood. Dustin is wearing all pieces from PDG and a scarf and gloves from Barbour by David Wood.  And if you feel inspired to stock up on more cold weather gear (yes – you’ll still need it for awhile), swing by and check out their end-of-season sales, where you can save up to 50% off.

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