I continue to be inspired and intrigued by layered looks with softer pieces. Short-over-long, long-over-short, even long-over-long, it all flies. Whether or not our style is quite as creative as these looks shown, strategic layering can do three things: add visual interest to a neutral outfit, add movement, and allow more outfit-creation options from pieces already in your wardrobe.
I’ve found that layering works best when at least one of the layers is lightweight and soft (sheer a plus too), and when the stiffest or bulkiest piece is the outermost layer. While layered looks are rarely body conscious, I think they can be flattering in their own way by creating columns of color and adding movement and dimension.
Layering presents some challenges for those of us who are more petite (short); we have to be careful not to be swamped by our clothing. Sticking to pieces with lighter fabrics with some drape (knits mostly, but not always) helps. Avoid those pieces with a lot of fullness or gathers (though flat or inverted pleats can work well). And layers in warmer weather are challenging, though this is where I find linen (woven and knits) and lightweight silks to be such great choices. I’ve pinned some of my favorite layered looks here.
Do you wear layered looks? Have you developed a formula that works best for you?
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