As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, wearing different layers of clothes becomes a necessity to stay warm. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t look stylish whilst doing so.
Apart from the being convenient during chilly weather, layering has become a huge part of both women and men’s fashion. Layering not only adds a new dimension to an outfit but can also make a boring basic outfit extremely stylish and fashionable.
Avoiding the “Snowman” look
Many women (some men, too) are afraid to layer their clothes for fear of looking bigger than they actually are. While logic would lead one to believe that this claim is true, if you’ve mastered the art of layering this couldn’t be further from the truth. If you’re a woman, A perfectly layered look can compliment your curves and create the illusion of a more proportional silhouette.
When the thermometer might as well just read Painful, it’s tempting to throw fashion to the wind and pile on everything in your closet until your silhouette resembles a snowman’s. But there’s an easy art to mastering a flattering layered look and staying warm. The following tips and tricks will make it easy for you to find your perfect balance between the two.
Layer from thin to thick
This is not an absolute rule, but usually, your under layer should be your thinnest garment and the outer the thickest. This means it is easier to regulate your temperature and gives the outfit a regular sense of depth. For instance, if it’s particularly cold when you go out you will have lots of layers to keep you warm. However, if it then becomes warmer when you’re out, or you go inside, you can remove layers and cool down without compromising the style of your outfit.
A great way to finish a look is a light stylish jacket. A denim jacket is the ultimate layering piece, in fact, most layered casual wear outfits feature denim as their centerpiece for layering. Since denim mostly has a light wash color, the rest of your garments should be earthy, neutral or have a grey-black tone.
Since the denim jacket is the thickest garment and also the outer layer, it is advisable to size it down so that it does not overwhelm the whole outfit. Additionally, sizing down the denim jacket also makes your other pieces show through. Hoodies, on the other hand, are a very, versatile, stylish and functional middle layer, they are also versatile as they can be worn on their own or even with a jacket or coat over them.
Incorporate different sizes
Layering garments, especially when it comes to street wear, works well when the garments vary in fit. The aim is to ensure every garment is well showcased; no outfit should be completely concealed. Garments should vary in design, some garments should have weight suppression so that that you don’t seem bulky. Essentially you should choose garments that feature a type of fit and placements that work for your body and style.
Be sure to avoid clothing that is too small or too large. Typically, smaller clothes will fit better under larger ones. The idea is to create a concealed look that shows off each garment in a different way.
Watch your colors!
When it comes to layering clothes, one of the biggest issues you’re going to encounter is color coordination.
When you’re wearing lots of different items of clothing, the risk of color clashing becomes a lot larger. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that the colours you’re wearing compliment each other and don’t ruin the look of your outfit. Color wheels are pretty easy to work out. Basically, colors that are opposite each other are colours that contrast with each other, and are usually the colours that combine the best layered outfits. Contrasting colors are a great way to bring balance and flare to an outfit.
Colors that are directly next to each other on the colour wheel are ones that are similar shades to one another. These colours are good to combine if you’re attempting to create uniformity in your outfit. Combining similar colours can be a great way to get a subtle look that isn’t too loud.
Popular Layer Combos
When it comes to layering outfits, the choice of pattern you wear is just as important as the colour. If you wear clothes with too many patterns or clothes that have clashing patterns then your outfit isn’t going to work. The simplest way to avoid this issue is to wear clothes in simple block colours. Although this can sound boring, if done correctly you can create a subtle minimalist style.
Wearing some patterns can also be a really nice way to make an outfit more exciting. If you’re wearing layers with more than one pattern then be sure to avoid jarring patterns – allow one to be the base of the ensemble and all others graduate from that. The most complex patterns should be on the top layer.be sure to not wear clothes with the same pattern. So, if you’re wearing a shirt with stripes, don’t then wear a tie with the same pattern of stripes on it. This will clutter your outfit and make it seem odd. Try and alternate patterns, so wear stripes with check for instance.
Another rule to layering takes a dose of inspiration from Yeezy himself. Known for his heavy use of outwear over hoodies and bombers, his ways of doubling up are just as easy to recreate. Sweatshirts for that matter can be a tricky one to layer, especially with your basics. However, with a tonal colour palette and minimal detail, this look is great if you are dressing for comfort.
Although you may be able to get away with just wearing a shirt in summer, when the colder months get here you’re going to start layering other clothes on top of your shirt to stay warm during those early morning commutes. It’s safe to say a shirt is one of the easiest pieces in your wardrobe to double up. Whether you throw on your favourite knit or a blazer, the layering method will have you geared up and ready for any occasion.
Layering Formal Fits
Going out during the winter can be an extremely frustrating experience when it comes to outfits. You want to look stylish but also remain warm. Everyone knows the pain of wearing a coat to the club, only to then pay two quid for the cloakroom when you get too hot inside. It’s, therefore, important to have a few outfits up your sleeve for when you’re going out and want to stay comfortable and fashionable.
If you need an outfit for going out in the winter but don’t want to wear a coat to a venue then a good alternative is to layer with a roll neck jumper. A light denim jacket or a shirt is perfect for insulating your body whilst also being breathable and lightweight. This look creates a defined, clean-image, while still opting for something a little different to the basic jumper and shirt – plus you it allows you layer up with additional pieces.
Quick Layering Tips
- Keep the under-layers more fitted to keep your shape looking slim.
- If you’re concerned about your waistline, try to top off your look with something belted.
- Length and proportion is key when layering. (Read this blog about creating perfectly proportioned outfits for more pointers.)
- Play with texture. It’s best to incorporate a mix of materials when styling a layered look. If you use all of the same fabrics, you’re look will come off as heavy and dowdy (which can add the appearance of unwanted weight as well).
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