The #justgetdressed Challenge for today is to experiment with layers. Layering is key to fall and winter dressing. It’s also a great way to add interest to your outfit. If you do a quick search of fall outfits on Pinterest, you’ll see that some of the most pinned outfits feature the look of a longer layer peeking out from under a sweater or jacket.
It can be a tough look to pull off in non-pinterest-land where the rest of us live, so here’s a simple layering formula for you to try:
5 Steps to a Chic, Layered Look:
- Start with a basic, lightweight top in a solid, neutral, or stripe. Make this first layer fitted to keep your shape looking slim. A longer t-shirt, tank or blouse is a great place to start.
- Add another layer such as a soft cardigan or sweater. This can be an opportunity to mix in a bold color to give your outfit some interest and zing.
- Then add a jacket or coat. If you went with a colored sweater, go with a neutral coat: camel, black, navy, grey. If the rest of your layers are neutral, add a colored coat…maybe wine or cobalt. Or keep with the neutral theme and include varying shades and textures.
- Next, add a scarf and/or necklace. Go neutral or tie in your color of choice.
- Accessorize with earrings, watch, etc.
Some more Layering Tips:
- Remember to keep the under-layers more fitted to keep your shape looking slim.
- To accentuate your waistline, try topping off your look with something belted.
- Length and proportion is key when layering. If your pants/skirt is long and flowing, go with something shorter and fitted on top. If your top is long and flowing, go with something fitted on the bottom – i.e. skinny jeans or leggings.
- Play with texture. It’s best to incorporate a mix of materials when creating a layered look. If you use all of the same fabrics, especially heavier fabrics, you risk coming off as frumpy and adding extra weight.
I hope that helps… Any questions? Fire away. Now…go #justgetdressed.
Here are some great layered looks to get you thinking. Cheers! Beth