Layering 101

I love layering, it not only adds interest to an outfit, it makes the most of the clothing you already have. I layer quite often! The most popular layering season is winter, especially if you don’t have a lot of warm clothing and you’re trying to save.

A common misconception about layering, is that it makes you look larger than you really are. If styled correctly, layering can be very slimming and effortlessly stylish. Also, it’s comfortable and especially great when you feel like wearing pj’s all day!

To help you get started, I’ve put together a few tips you can try!

Choose your layers wisely

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 The number of layers can range from 2 – 5 depending on your style. The items you need to have in your wardrobe are items you may already own; longer length vests, tees, shirts (white or denim), cardigans, jerseys, leather jackets, blazers and coats. I see scarves as a layer too and I love to to add them. Layering doesn’t have to be with pants, it also goes well with dresses and skirts.

Keep layers simple in color and design. If you want to wear color and print, the safest way to do it is to have one bold layer and keep the other layers neutral in black, white, denim or nude.

How to layer

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Regardless of the number of layers, make sure that you wear your most fitted item as the bottom layer and the largest item, your top most layer.  If done wrong, your layers will look bulky and unflattering. You’ll notice, trust me! If you’re worried about looking bigger than you are, stay away from bulky jerseys and thick items. Stick to slimming shirts, coats and clothing that keep close to the body and slims down the silhouette.

The key to layering is to make sure that each layer is seen. Layer items with different necklines, different lengths and tops that zip/button down. Each layer will add a different texture to the outfit and create a slimming look.

Until next week, happy layering!


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