Too many clothes in your closet and not enough time to wear them all? Break out from the perpetual overload problem by loading up your wearable wardrobe. Layer by layer by layer!
A layer is merely a sheet, cover, or an individual layer, generally divided by something inbetween. In layering clothing, you’re mixing and matching individual garments, and building them up by adding additional layers of clothing, one on top of the other. Basically, garment over garment.
Layering creates a lovely visual effect, and can also be a lifesaver in cold weather, the additional clothing items leaving you warm, cozy and fuzzy inside.
Layering clothing creates an edgy, comfortable look. The trick is to avoid adding so much material that your clothes tend to look bulky.
One great layered look is to wear jeans tucked into boots, and a blouse tucked into the jeans. Then add a vest or a sleeveless jacket over the blouse, with a scarf tied around your neck. If your boots are ankle boots, you can wear socks under the boots, and cuff the tops of the socks over the tops of the boots. Layer, layer, you’ve never looked better!
With layering, you want to match the colors, however, a rainbow of colorful or neon colors of clothing make for a great looking, fun ensemble. Another ideal way to top off the layered look is by wearing a stylish, trendy hat on your head.
With that being said:
Loving me some of that layered look!
Tips for Lovely Layering:
- Since you are adding many clothing items, keep jewelry to a minimum. This way your accessories compliment the outfit, avoiding the overdone look.
- Knits and crocheted clothes can tend to look bulky, and if you are adding these fabrics, you may want to wear them as the last layered item (rather than layering over them).
- If you are laying your tops, start with a more form-fitted top, and add looser clothing items over the top (the tight-fitted clothes are the base).
- Belts, scarves and hats add extra appeal. Your layering will never look flat.
- If wearing pants, concentrate on layering your upper half. The tighter the pants, the more attractive an upper layered look.
- Regarding number five, disregard that with leggings. If you’re wearing leggings, knee high socks or cuffed socks can look downright darling layered over the leggings.
So rather than layer away brick by brick, layer away with fabrics both thin and thick.
Layering works particularly well for cold weather, but you can layer summery, warm weather clothes as well. Just blend lighter fabrics, such as cotton, silk and lace. Keep up with the latest fashion trends and still dress in your own personal taste!
Layering Tip: If you don’t want to wear flashy colors, stick to one or two neutral colors, and add layers with varying shades of that color (i.e., black/gray/silver or brown/ tan/beige)!
Layering, all the fashion rage! Layering works for any age!
Layering clothes works whether you’re dressing up or down! Are you wearing pants? A dress? Layer your fabulous way through town!
“Wow, your closet is full of so many clothes.”
“Yes, I hang them color-coded and in rows.”
“Where do you find the time to wear them all?”
“I drape them item over item, like bricks in a wall.”
“Don’t you feel bulky, heavy and unable to move?”
“The look is so splendid I feel in my fashion groove!”
The layered look: groovy!
Get hooked on the layered look!
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846