As much as I love this cooler weather, I always feel a little rusty when it comes to layering over the pieces I bought and only wore in warmer days. I try to only purchase new stuff I know will work all year long, and this dress was one of those trusty pieces I thought would easily make the transition. I added tights, I added boots, and then I tried about 17 different cardigans, jackets and blazers over it. It’s a challenge to layer over certain pieces, especially collarless, high-necked ones like this!
It’s important to follow the base layer’s lead when pairing it with the right topper:
- Pair high-necked cardigans or sweaters with higher-necked dresses. Otherwise you have a bunch of weird fabric sticking out!
- If you’ve got a v-neck, low scoop, or collared shirt, you can play around with similarly shaped cardigans or with blazers. Lapels look great with most anything, but especially with a little neck skin showing.
- If there’s a high waistline in your layer like I have, make sure you don’t hide it with a long or wide layer. You should try to keep that waist definition with a cropped jacket or sweater. If it’s still kind of long, belt it!
- Loose, blowzy layers can look great with a more structured topper, as long as you don’t get too bunchy under there. There’s nothing worse that a too-tight layer with incessant bunching underneath (well not many worse things).
What are your layering rules? These are tips that just involve shape and size, but there are lots of other exciting factors involved, like texture! And color! I think this dress could use a few more layering options and I look forward to sharing them with you as soon as it gets colder.
December 1, 2011