Hello and Happy Holidays!!! This time of year, as the weather gets chillier, it’s nice to layer up for warmth. I personally love a good layered look all year long, though! In my time working as a personal shopper and stylist, I have noticed that many of my clients don’t instinctually understand how to style themselves in layers, so I wanted to share some tips here on the blog.
Layering can elevate a look from ho-hum to super-stylish; just by adding a crisp, white Oxford blouse or a plaid button-up shirt to your outfit, you can transform a sweater or dress from average to exceptional. Layering isn’t an exact science, and the key is not to over-think it. That being said, here are few rules of thumb and tricks that will help you implement layering into your wardrobe like a pro.
The Classic White Button Down
Look for slim cut pieces that are structured against your bodice to avoid extra fabric in your mid-section.
My all-time favorite white Oxford blouse is by Theory (number 8 below!). I keep several in my closet on rotation.
The classic white Oxford is ALWAYS the perfect layering piece and can also be worn on its own with a great statement necklace.
Reach for these any time, but they are especially ideal if your sweater or jumper has a print.
Look for thin, lightweight turtlenecks that do not come up high up on your neck.
Make sure the turtleneck is either fitted through the arm OR fitted through the body with a really fun sleeve.
Patterned Button-Up Blouses
Pair patterned shirts with solid sweaters or jumpers.
These can be fun for holiday outfits. If you have a silk blouse with hearts printed on it, for example, you can create a “Valentine’s Chic” outfit by layering it under a solid black sweater and pairing it with leather leggings or by layering it under a black shift dress with tights and boots.
3/4 Sleeve Blouses
People often think that these can’t be layered, but they can be!
Pair them with garment that has a loose-fitting sleeve so that you can bunch them up and let the shorter sleeve of the blouse hang out from underneath the sweater.
Layering a Sweater Over a Spring Dress
This is a fun way to make a lightweight dress appropriate for cooler temperatures so that you don’t have to wait to wear it!
When it’s still winter but the weather is warmer than usual for the season, just throw a sweater over a long dress, wrap the belt around the middle under the sweater, then front tuck the sweater into the belt.
Pair it with a great pair of boots to complete the look.
General Tips and Tricks
If you want to layer a piece that is not slim-fitting, place a tank top over the blouse before you layer your sweater or jumper over it. This smooths out the bodice area and give you a sleek look.
If you want a “preppy” look, always front-tuck the shirt tail of your blouse. For a more relaxed look, leave the blouse untucked.
I typically suggest sticking with a crew neck when layering a sweater or jumper over a blouse. However, if you wish to layer a v-neck, try a fun collar (such as blouse number 3 or 5 below).
If you pair a fun, trendy, affordable piece with a garment that is of higher quality, then you will take your look to the next level.
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