The best part of Fall is layering up! Something I learned a great deal about when I moved to Colorado for a short stint on the mountain. The cold wintry weather, outdoor activity, and indoor office hours called for some serious creativity in layering, tips which are worthy of sharing! I actually prefer layers because the looks have a lot of personality (and don’t involve sweating – boo humidity).
The key is finding pieces that are light-weight and play on varying patterns, colors, and textures. Here are some ideas to consider as you layer up this Fall:
- Oddly enough, I like to start with my scarf. (You can save this for the end though!)
Choose a pattern, color, or texture that your are drawn to for that day. Sometimes it could be weather dependent or perhaps you just have a vision of what you want to wear that day.
So speaking of this vision… does anyone else conjure up outfit greatness in the shower or right before bed? I swear those 15 minutes are probably the only minutes of the day I actually get to think without interruption… until the dog barks incessantly of course! After awhile you get used to it, and start blocking it out. That is until you can’t take it anymore so you decide to chase the dog around the house in your towel until she decides she can’t take it anymore either… Yea payback sucks!
- Choose a light weight graphic tee. The key is in the flexibility of the fabric. I have some tee-shirts that feel stiff, but I love these Old Navy options shown above because they are loose yet show off your shape in the draping.
- Pair it with something long-sleeved in your closet. It could be a cardigan or button down, both are perfect for layering over graphic tees, especially if there is a contrast (note the polka dot over graphic design!). Try out a bold color or pattern. You could even add a belt over this layer if you are going for a more professional look.
- Then choose a fall jacket, medium to heavy weight depending. I pick my coats based on how many layers I am wearing and what shoes I put on for the day. Weird? I’m sure… For instance, if I put on my black ankle booties, I’m going for the leather bomber or a pair of flats and I am going for the military jacket. Whichever best complements the look.
Tip: Try pulling the sleeves of the long-sleeved layer down just enough to peek out from the cuff. If you are wearing a collared shirt, you may also want “puff” the tips or ends (don’t pull them all the way out though), this way you can see it in the neckline view.
You can easily pull this off with a pair of jeans, pants, or a skirt. Wear it for play or for work, accessories are critical in differentiating between a professional look or a polished casual look.