It’s no secret that fall is the unofficial layering season. Who doesn’t love the feeling of bundling up in furry coats, knitted scarves and soft cashmere sweaters? But sometimes style can get lost in the fold. Boss up with layers that make you look like you’re chillin’ in the heat.
Textures are the name of the game. I think of layering like a meal. Add in different ingredients to make bomb flavors happen. Ingredients are the same as fabrics and colors, so choose items with complimentary colors to make the overall look a success. If you find this intimidating, go for the monochromatic trend with different volumes and textures like satin, denim, tulle, etc.
The Fall 2017 runway collections were full of drama, drama, drama. An instant way to add drama is to bring in voluminous pieces. Anything like a duster jacket, A-line skirt, trumpet sleeve or oversized scarf can be added to a basic look to take it in a more fashion-forward direction.
In terms of textures, metal is probably the most widely utilized for accessories. Though technically necklaces, bags, rings and earrings don’t add textures, they do add a textural element to an overall look that can balance the natural, darker colors of fall with bright pops or industrial edges. There is a fine line between accessorizing and going overboard but I like to start with (3) and add as necessary. Feel free to reference my mini-guide below if you need some inspiration.
Depending on where you live and where you’re going, you may need only a light jacket, while some have to seriously bundle up in puff coats or parkas. Even so, some type of outerwear is the perfect touch to set off all your hard layering work.
Things to Avoid
In the small world of layering, things can sometimes go awry. These tips are based on my personal experience, but may be able to help you as well. First, avoid too many similar silhouettes. Flowy + flowy does not = fabulous. Also, avoid too many conflicting patterns. There is a way to mix colors and prints that totally enhances the look but if you’re not a print-master, start small and then work your way up. Finally, try to style yourself in terms of hairstyling and makeup in a way that compliments your outfit, rather than complicates it.
I hope my tips help you out this holiday season. Thank you for reading!