Style: Layering Like a Pro

October 25, 2018 Published by
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Layering Like a Pro

Fall and winter may be the chilliest months of the year, but they are also some of the most fun when it comes to experimenting with stylish pieces, both new and old. (Especially for those of us who have to get a little creative when it comes to bundling up while still looking cute!)

In fact, I believe this time of year is the perfect time to test out your layering skills and utilize some of your most beloved items that are already in your closet to create entirely new ensembles. Keep in mind, darlings, it’s not about being complicated. Rather, it’s about outfit combinations that make you look and feel great in your own skin! Plus, should a bit of overheating occur, you can always peel off the garments throughout the day to keep cool and comfortable indoors.

Today, I’ve curated a list of steps for creating a perfectly layered outfit. Plus, I’m sharing some pieces I love to layer in myself. Enjoy!

Layering Like a Pro

5 Steps to Creating a Perfectly Layered Outfit

Start with a basic, lightweight top. I suggest a solid, something neutral, or striped, much like this Ruffle Neck Button Down Blouse by Ann Taylor. You can purchase one here for less than $60.

Ruffle Neck Button Down Blouse by Ann Taylor

Add another layer such as a soft cardigan or sweater. If you’re into color, this can be a great opportunity to mix in a bold pullover to give your outfit more intrigue and depth. What do you think of this beautiful choice by La Fiorentina? If you love cashmere as much as I do, you can snag your own here.

La Fiorentina Cashmere
Then add a jacket or blazer. Both basic colors, such as navy or olive green, as well as more vibrant choices, like this red option by Shelli Segal, are equally stunning.
Shelli Segal Red Peacoat
Next, add a scarf. It’s like the icing on the cake… a must! You can grab this classic wool scarf here.
Brooks Brothers Saxxon Wool Scarf with Fringe

Finally, sprinkle on your best accessories. This might include bracelets, rings, watches, or even headbands. You can purchase the bangles below, here.

Panacea Textured Bangle Set

Quick Layering Tips

  • Keep the under-layers more fitted if you’re interested in keeping your shape looking more slim.
  • If you’re concerned about your waistline, try to top off your look with something belted.
  • Length and proportion is key when layering.
  • Play with texture. Not only is texture the best way to incorporate a mix of materials when styling a layered look, but it’s also great fun! If you use all of the same fabrics, your look will come off as heavy (which can add the appearance of unwanted weight as well).

What Are Your Favorite Layering Pieces?

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4 Comments

  • dy says:

    I find that a nice short leather jacket elevates any outfit! (Even faux, they make really nice ones now.) I have several different colors in my wardrobe and I start wearing them early fall all the way through spring. They go just as nicely with dressy blouses as they do with flannels and look really cute over dresses/tunics adding some tights or leggings. Paired with knee height or ankle boots with a cute scarf and nice bag it’s my go to piece for any occasion. The leather jackets I have are thin enough to wear indoors as part of my outfit and when outdoors I just add a cape and I am good to go! Or they fit well under my winter jackets and coats when it gets really cold. I don’t know what I’d do without mine!

    • Susan "Honey" Good says:

      Great idea. My girlfriend wore a lightweight black button down leather shirt jacket under her winter coat last night and I asked her where she bought it! I want one!!!Thank you for sharing. Warmly, Honey

  • Connie says:

    I am a native Washingtonian from Seattle. We can go from pea-soup drizzle to beautiful sparkling sunshine in a day, I’ve heard we are experts at layering! My favorite layering pieces are lightweight neutral tanks or shortsleeve T’s under a lightweight cashmere sweater, topped with a lightweight vest, all color-coordinated of course. Then comes a stylish trench raincoat with removable hood and top that all off with a classic scarf! Viola! You are prepared for anything. Whatever the circumstance, you just begin pealing off. Of course, athletic shoes are standard and stylish in the NW, if you are heading for the office, just keep your heels in your briefcase for easy change when inside. There you have it, my layering pieces. This is a fun article.

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