I am so happy that Sophia Smith wanted to write a post for me! Here’s what she has to say: There are at least three reasons to love layering. Firstly, you can incorporate transitional pieces into different seasons while keeping yourself warm and fashionable. Secondly, layers give you an opportunity to experiment with different styles: for example, simply by adding a classic cut cardigan – you can bring your outfit combination from casual to more formal and mature one. Thirdly, it is the most effective way to express your creativity and communicate who you are through your look.
Here’s what you need to know.
Endless possibilities of the blanket-scarf
Blanket scarf became popular a couple of years ago and it still remained as an essential part of the cold weather outfit. Be it a classic Burberry one, the plaid one or the one that’s ethnic-inspired (e.g. Native American patterns) – it’s a number one item when it comes to layering and it can be worn in many different ways.
Wrap it around your neck and you’ll end up with a voluminous scarf that will keep you warm while providing you a chic look. Fold it in a triangle for a more polished look. Drape the blanket over your shoulders and simply put a belt in a matching color and you’ll have your own custom-made poncho.
Add a vest for a chic look
Fur vests were a huge hit last season and you can still pull them off. This material is trending, so you can use it for layering in other forms too. If you have a formal occasion coming up, get your inspiration from Old Hollywood and compliment one of your evening dresses with a dash of glamour through the fur stole.
Here are a couple of ideas for casual styles: if you opt for printed pants, wear a monochromatic long vest on top of the sweater to balance out your look. You can also incorporate denim to your look through the choice of your vest. For example, if you aim for the 70s-inspired look, wear flare jeans and a half-tucked in oxford shirt and layer it up with a long denim vest.
Embrace the wear-it-under-the-dress trend
We all know that the 90’ trend of wearing t-shirts under slip-on dresses is back, but don’t limit it just to that. Wearing an additional piece of clothing under your strap or sleeveless dress is a great way to make your spring dress suitable for autumn or adapt that cleavage dress you love wearing to business environment by adding a turtleneck or a sweater beneath.
Discover menswear-inspired pieces
When it comes to layering, a special spot is reserved for menswear-inspired pieces since they offer you an opportunity to combine different styles and play with the notion of femininity. Mix the best sides of the two worlds: wear feminine pieces and incorporate them into your style with menswear-inspired items.
For example, you can wear a long pinstripe jacket that stepped out of its traditional office environment and men’s attire – bringing you an edgy-casual look. Wear it on top of a black silky jumpsuit and you’ll ace the street-style look. Layering is your ally in drawing attention.
Tuck it in to transform your look
It’s truly amazing how a simple thing as tucking in your sweater can make such a huge difference. Try wearing a turtleneck and high-waist trousers and tuck the top in. Add a nice belt that will enhance your waist and you will dodge a bullet when it comes to the risk of looking old-fashioned. Add a nice trench coat on the top: you can choose the classic colors such as the shades of tan, beige, black, or navy blue, or you can be a bit more daring and choose bright yellow or green. It’s an easy on-the-go sophisticated look.
Layering honestly gives you a lot to work with and with today’s fashion – you can get away with almost anything. Even wearing a sweater over a sweater is acceptable! Feel free to experiment with combining different fabrics and patterns until you find your unique style.
Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty and fashion blogger and graphic designer. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and photography. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.