Lessons in Layering

Layering Lessons

 

I love to layer. I said this in last week’s t-shirt dress styling post, but layering is your best friend. That may sound odd but hear me out – the best way to make the most of your closet it through layering, especially this time of year.

 

Here are just a few reasons why:

 

More looks for less.

Layering is an easy way to have more looks for less money. Layering allows you to create new looks by pairing different pieces together, and therefore making those pieces work double (and triple) time for you. Adding a blazer over a sleeveless shirt makes a new look with two items you might not wear together. Plus you can extend the life of some of those summer items by layering.

 

It adds depth and interest.

Layering is a great way to add interest to an outfit. Pair a striped dress with a leopard cardigan with a blouse underneath. Layer a silk slip dress with a t-shirt underneath and top it off with a blazer. Mix prints and textures to give more depth to a look.

 

It gets you out of fashion ruts. 

You know sometimes when you look in your closet and think, “I have nothing to wear”? Use that as an opportunity to challenge yourself. Think creatively and layer! You might be surprised with the fun combinations you come up with.

 

There are some things I like to keep in mind when it comes to layering. These are a few of my layering lessons:

 

Layering Lessons

 

It doesn’t have to be elaborate.

I’m sure you have seen elaborate layering on Pinterest where someone has like 7 layers (which would be me in the winter for warmth), but it doesn’t have to be elaborate! Don’t be intimidated by layering because you think it needs to be elaborate.

 

Layering Lessons

 

Layer under AND over.

You have two option – you can layer OVER something, or you can layer UNDER (or of course, do both). Adding a turtleneck under a sleeveless dress is a great way to make a dress not only work for the office but so make it more wearable through fall. Top off that same sleeveless dress with a blazer. Or you can do both.

 

Layering Lessons

 

It isn’t just for clothing. 

You may just be thinking about layering in terms of clothing, but think beyond that! My feet are aways cold, so I layer a pair of cute printed socks OVER my tights with ankle boots. Or try layering one necklace over another for a new look.

 

So are you big into layering like me?

 

Shop below for a few of my favorite layering pieces:

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