Okay, bear with me here guys-I know it’s been like 100 degrees the past week- but fall is right around the corner. I know there are some of you out there who are hanging on to summer for dear life, but I am over here DYING for fall. For crisp air, auburn decorations, pumpkin everything, crockpot soup.. the list goes on and on.. but on the very top of that list is LAYERING.
On a brief side note: I picked my wedding venue 🙂 🙂 It a covered, gorgeous pavillan on an apple orchard with an outdoor patio/lounge. September 30th, 2017. YAYY.
Another side note: I received a call from Sephora (remember I’m on a job search) and was scheduled for a group interview this Thursday. I’m beyond intimidated! I’ve never had a group interview.. with other applicants. Anyone have any advice???
Back to subject though. Layering can be intimidating, or it can be extremely flattering. Here are some tips.
- Start Basic.
To keep from looking like like a carnival explosion you’ll want to start with something neutral and slim fitting. You can choose black, white, tan, navy, striped… you generally don’t want anything patterned, bright, or anything else that shouts at you. This is your base, and it’s meant to stay in the background (compare it to a makeup primer for your outfit).
- Add A Layer.
Choose something to compliment your base layer. Think an open cardigan over a V-Neck T-Shirt, or a sweater over a long sleeved turtle neck. If you like color, here would be a great place to add it in.
- Add An Outer Layer.
This would be your jacket or coat. Again, I would stick with a neutral color like black, white, camel, or navy.
A scarf, whether patterned or plain, really ties a layered outfit together. What’s best about this is you can really show your individuality here, bright, printed, skinny, or hugely woven, it’s all fair game. Accessorize how you normally would, then take one item off so that you come across as well put and not overthought.
- Play with texture.
This can be done at any stage of layering. You’ll want to mix in different fabrics and materials to avoid a visually “heavy” look. A good way to do this is to add something “heavy” like cashmere with something “light” like silk. An exception: don’t wear something heavy & something bulky at the same time, lest you want to add visual pounds to your appearance (and who really wants that?)
- Always keep proportions in mind.
Proportions are SO important when it comes to layering: they can make or break your outfit (frumpy mess vs polished chic). A general rule with outer layers is to match short with long, and long with short, meaning if you have a short dress chose a long jacket as something cropped would look strange (but your outermost layer should never be shorter than your base: think a trench coat with a mini skirt, yuck) and if you have a long dress something cropped would be perfect.
- Highlight your figure.
Want an instant hourglass? Layer a medium sized belt over your outfit to highlight waist and define curves.
- Balance volume.
There’s nothing wrong with a full skirt or a loose cardigan, unless you pair them together. If your top is loose, make your bottoms more fitted, if you are wearing something breezy below, make sure your top is fitted.
Thats all for now my loves,