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: Secrets to Layering Part 1

Secrets to Layering Part 1

21 Apr

Spring is almost upon us so what is the best way to stay warm , look cool and stop boiling up when you go into shops and restaurants?

The secret is layering and this is something which is on many clients lists when they come to see a Stylizer Stylist.

Layering  not only adds depth but is also a way of adding texture and colours throughout your look. It’s a more creative way of putting your outfit together and hence you can create more interesting and original looks.

Layered Outfit

It’s easy to just take a top off the rail and wear it but if you wear a layer underneath, then put a cardigan over and a belt round it before finishing with a necklace or scarf – suddenly you’ve added a personal touch and made the top your own whilst creating a much more stylish layered outfit (not to mention a warmer one).

Layering Outfit

Investing in a wardrobe of layers

Many of my clients express a desire to make their look more stylish and interesting but often confess they struggle to know how to layer an outfit. I always encourage them to focus on developing a broad collection of layers – think of them as an extension of your accessories wardrobe.

For example, I recommend investing in the following:

  • numerous types of base layering tops (e.g. long, 3/4 or elbow length sleeved tops; vest tops; blouses and shirts)
  • various styles of necklines (e.g. scoop-, square-, crew- and roll-neck, collared)
  • several interesting colours (the majority should be in colourful accent shades rather than just plain neutral ones)
  • varying thickness to suit the climate
  • different fabrics and textures (e.g. cotton, wool, silk, satin, velvet, denim, cordroy, leather etc.)
  • innumerable layers to wear over tops (e.g. jumpers, tank tops, waistcoats and the most versatile of all cardigans)
  • many options for legwear (e.g. leggings, jeggings, skinny jeans, thick tights, knee length socks)
  • a few stylish outerwear items for when you head out (e.g. blazers, gilets, hoodies, leather jackets)
  • plenty of colourful accessories to finish the look (e.g. scarves, necklaces, belts, broaches)

 I also love to layer my tights (one colourful plain pair peaking through a knitted crocheted pair) and finished off with a scarf. Not only do the layers add maximum warmth they also dress down the overall outfit creating an alternative look.

Layering Outfit

There are particular brands that are great for layering tops, such as Wolford, Mint Velvet, COS, All Saints, Uniqlo, Zara, GAP and H&M.

A few rules

Now in theory a layered outfit should have an air of effortless style, like you’ve just thrown it together with little thought or precision. However for many (at least at the beginning), I recommend you follow a few rules and adopt a more deliberate approach.

Layering Outfit

Here are a few tips to ensure you don’t get into trouble:

  • Keep your base layer fine, providing a smooth line underneath
  • Ensure your base layer is in some way visible (otherwise it defeats the point) – whether it be a visible collar, cuff, or a longer hemline
  • Avoid clashing necklines, if the item your layering has a low neckline opt either for a base layer with a lower scooped neckline that’s invisible or a roll-neck which equally won’t interfere  alternatively if the neckline is plain opt for a collared layer to wear under. Equally make sure the layer over the top works with the neckline.
  • Limit the number of layers to approx 3-4 (and be sure to keep them fine if you have a fuller shape)
  • Try to add at least 1-2 contrasting colourful layers to the outfit, however I don’t recommend this for all four layers at the very least opt for tonally similar shades (i.e. teal, turquoise, aqua and mint)
  • The trend recently has been to wear clashing patterns, however for the average wardrobe I would say one patterned layer will work best – easier and timeless
  • Incorporate a variety of fabrics and textures in a single layered outfit to add interest and richness to the look
  • Ensure different fabric finishes complement the overall look and suit the occasion (i.e. for dressier outfits perhaps choose a sheer or lace layering top, rather than a basic t-shirt fabric top – which on another occasion could dress down the dress for a daytime look)
Our Stylizer Wardrobe Revamp is the ideal service to make all of your layering ideas come true.


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