Among the many techniques of styling clothes, layering is the most effective and can breathe life into any number of basic, simple pieces you may own. Layering can give you warmth without adding bulk, it allows you to mix colors and patterns in new ways for unlimited permutations for tops and bottoms. And it allows you take your spring/summer wardrobe into the bitter temperatures of Dec, Jan, Feb, and (in NYC), March.
There’s a great tutorial in the January issue of Lucky Magazine on layering. Below are my suggestions for one way I have employed layering in my look. And, after my suggestions, are some even better ones from a very close friend of mine, Teresa, who makes it her business to layer daily (in fact, she shops with it in mind)
On the bottom?
Top it off with:
And now…let’s her from Teresa and her favorite lovable layer looks.
To me, layering is not only about putting clothes on top of one another, but mixing textures for visual appeal as well. It’s a way for a person to be able to stand out from the crowd of J Crew and Banana Republic basics, by using these basics to create multiple interesting outfits.
When I get up in the morning, I start with a basic layer. I usually pick one piece out of my closet and create from there. Whether it be a lacy camisole, a belt, a vest or a pair of pants. Then I build from there. The key to choosing pieces for your wardrobe, is to make sure that they are light enough so that layering doesn’t add bulk to your frame. When choosing vests make sure the fit is in the waist and clutches your body. When choosing sweaters for winter, wrap sweaters usually work best since you choose the fit for them.
Layer Lession #1: A day at the office
Next up, a more visual item like I would start with this item
Follow this up with a fitted blazer, which can be worn open with the sleeves pulled up:
Finish up the look with a pair of Tweed cropped pants:
and cute boots
Layer Lesson #2: Going Out
When you’re going out, the easy thing is to throw on a dress, and you’re done. Living in NYC you see a lot of party dresses so I opt for something a bit different…
The starting point for a night out on the town (can you tell I’m loving cropped pants at the moment?):
Then a light top
Add an eye-catching vest…for winter, of course
Finalized with fun shoes…and I mean fun
To add one more detail, wear a tie as a belt to add a quirky change. Or use a silk belt as a tie – either on top of your shirt, let it hang, or as an accessory under your shirt. There really are no rules to how this can be done. Sometime you will triumph, sometimes you may not, but you will always be able to have your own sense of style!