As the climate cools down, fashion warms us up and we begin to pile on the layers.
Winter is right on our boot heels, so we reach toward the cardigans for additional warmth…….then the jacket, the coat, a scarf, and so on. Knowing we are heading into the “Layered Zone” until spring, let’s look at keeping it fashionable and sleek.
Foundation: Start with a thin spandex tank top or cashmere camisole as the first layer for the top half of body. Both materials assist in containing the heat in the body’s core. The thin tank or camisole foundation allows for easily adapting a second layer with a shirt or long sleeve tee. For the lower half of the body, let’s go with tights or leggings as first layer. Again sleek and adaptable to a second layer of skirt, pant or even wool city shorts.
Feet: Flip Flops are stored away and socks come into play! Have some fun and be fashionable with so many sock choices in stores today. Ankle socks over tights with pumps is very 80’s and 2012. Knee socks over tights with loafers can be cute in argyle for the collegian look or cable knit with a work boot for urban vibe. Now high as thighs, the socks can be worn fully pulled over knees with a knee high boot or scrunched below knee at top of boot for a more relaxed look.
Layers: Now bring in the bigger items to layering with cardigans, pull-overs , blazers, vests and jackets. All are found in a range of weights and fabrications. Cardigans and pullovers gauge from a thin knit to Irish cable knit. Blazer, jackets and vests are produced in a grand variety of designs such as worsted wool, tweeds, corduroy, knits and furs! These pieces can easily be removed as the day warms up, if necessary.
Tip: Adding a belt over sweaters or even jackets can be slimming and defining to keep your layered looks figure friendly.
Combinations: There are many combinations in applying and layering pieces to express the fashionable you. Here are a few for consideration:
Casual Comfort Ex: Cream ribbed turtle neck, longer grey wool cardigan sweater with 2” luggage leather belt, denim jacket with fur vest layered on top, textured leggings with luggage toned riding boots, topped off with a full brimmed felt hat of any color for a lift.
City Chic Ex: Black wool dress, black sweater tights, novel sweater vest over dress then a wool blazer, silk scarf knotted at throat or as ascot and black work boots. Add a tam and fingerless gloves for fineness!
Evening Elegance Ex: Black worsted wool pant suit, novel satin plum color structured vest, high collar candlelight white silk blouse with piled pearls then wrap it all up in a grey cashmere shawl/cape plus black fedora chapeau and evening gloves.
Layer away and make it your own!