Layering 101: How-To Layer

January 3, 2013·

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So, for all you fellow fashion and style bloggers out there (or other style aficionados), I’m already speaking your language. I’ll be honest and say this post is primarily for my friends and family (and others, too) who read this here blog and have asked me on a few occasions (READ: all the time) to do a post on layering.

Even though North Carolina weather is all over the place, it’s finally to the point where it is consistently on the cooler side, and so layers are a now must. Especially if you’re like me and it’s FREEZING outside and then it’s a sauna in your office or home.

Extreme temperatures on opposite ends of the spectrum require strategic layering!

So, while these are not the ONLY “rules” or tips out there, here are just a few Layering 101 tips for all those of you who are curious!

1. Every woman should own a good light scarf AND a good light jacket. I love this faux leather jacket because it’s the PERFECT piece to throw on with any outfit. By throwing on a scarf like the one seen below, you’re ensuring your neck will be warm when you step outside, but it can easily be taken off when you head indoors and the heat is on!

This outfit originally seen here.

2. Just like the light jacket, a neutral cardigan or wrap sweater (like the one below) is seriously ESSENTIAL. This sweater was seriously the best $20 I spent at Old Navy this year. I wear it ALL THE TIME and it’s so comfy. I throw it on over dresses, t-shirts, leggings, tunics, you name it. I have worn this sweater so many different ways.

Plus, by adding a belt and a colorful scarf (see Tip #1), I’m adding more dimension and interest to the outfit. This outfit seen below is probably the most comfortable outfit in the world – I feel like I’m in pajamas – yet, it’s pulled together and doesn’t look like I just rolled out of bed.

Also, the sweater over the tunic is great so when I get warm in the office, I can easily remove the sweater and the outfit still looks complete.

This outfit originally seen here.

3. Once you’ve mastered the basics, try switching it up and adding pieces you probably never thought to add. I mean, how often have you looked in your closet, seen those button-up shirts hanging there, and thought, “Hmmm, I should wear two of those today.” Probably not often.

BUT, by doing so, you’re getting creative, you’re adding interest, AND you’re creating a great added layer to the outfit. Get hot? Take off one of the shirts and BOOM, still got a workable look.

This outfit originally seen here.

Also, and this should go without saying, but if you don’t own a denim or jean jacket already, you need to not pass go, not collect $200, and head straight to Target, Old Navy, Goodwill, I don’t care, and get you a denim jacket. It is EASILY the easiest piece in the world to throw over ANYTHING and have a complete, awesomely layered outfit.

I wear my jean jacket so much it should be illegal. Seriously. I mean, case in point here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and with my WEDDING DRESS? Yes.

So, what do you think? Seem simple enough? Style and fashion lovers – what would YOU add to the Layering 101 list?


Also, I’m sporting my favorite leather jacket in a guest post on Southern Shopaholic’s blog today! Check it out!