As chilly weather approaches, we find more and more reasons to bundle up each morning. However, just because you have to layer up to keep warm, doesn’t mean you can’t look cute doing it!
Typically, there are two fears to layering:
1. You lose your body shape/curves (or you end up looking like a fluffy marshmallow walking around)
2. It looks ugly and/or boring
How To Turn a Disadvantage Into An Advantage
Layering for cold weather can be really fun and you can still look cute! For those who are afraid of looking frumpy or shapeless, there are ways around it. The trick to layering is in thin, fitted layers. So if you wish to obtain this look to the left, you can start with a basic fitted cami underneath. Then layer on a figure hugging top (it can range anywhere from a high neck long sleeve to a cowl neck tank, whichever fits your mood!). Next you can add a fun, knit cardigan to the mix! Again, the trick to avoid looking overly thick is to layer thin layers. You still get overall coverage for cold nights, but at least your curves can still show through!
Another way to add some frosting to this, is to style it with a scarf. Check out our post here for scarf tips!
Layering Can Look Goooood
So say you’re going to a winter indoor event. No knit sweaters or thick parkas needed. With that kind of opportunity, it’s time to add some real spice to that pumpkin spice latte! To our left, we have a great example of layering with fun! This top is actually a lace crop top with attached chiffon sleeves. Then you go ahead and add a different texture with this velvet fringe kimono. Pretty much any half sleeve or 3/4 sleeve cardigan or kimono is perfect for layering with a long sleeve under. It adds a sweet color blocking theme to your look, and it keeps the eye interested in the different looks. Crop tops are still useful in chilly weather because they are pretty easy to layer with. Wear it with high waisted jeans and a long cardigan and you have a complete look for those nights you’re going out. Or if you’d like to play with sheer materials a little more, a cute crop top or bralette would still look alluring under a knit sweater or cardigan.
For those days you’re not feeling knit patterns, you can always take out your bolder prints out to play. There are two things to keep in mind for days like these. 1. Again, thin layering is essential to keep you looking as woman as you can. And 2. Clashing textiles. Prints and textures can really liven up a look, but depending on the print, it can also really clash. While of course, we at MakeMeChic.com endorse all styles and all preferences, these are just some guidelines we suggest. Guidelines are guides not rules, so do whatever you want in the end! Typical rules with textiles though…
1. Don’t mix two bold prints together. Perhaps a bright red paisley scarf wouldn’t complement the light blue polka dot cardigan too well. You want to keep an overall theme in mind, so if you’re feeling paisley, I would pick one item and then build your look around it to truly complement it. So if you choose bright red heels with gold detail accents, maybe dress up with black jeans, burgundy top, and some gold accessories. You can also play with colors in that oranges and browns can help make those red heels pop. Of course, I’ve seen amazing outfits where every article of clothing was a different color, but the cheat code to that look is in the solids. You can pull off a royal blue crop top with a white midi skirt and yellow heels pretty well if they are all solids.
2. Where you can go wrong with black
I loveeee black don’t get me wrong! It is my go to color for any purchase. However, black can be worn in an unflattering way if you are wearing black that is all the same material or texture. If it is your job to go unseen, then yes, black tights and a black top in a matching material would be perfect. However, if you want to stand out for the woman that you are, than play up those textures! Black jeans would look great with a knit or woven black top! Pair some sheer patterned tights with a black knit dress! There are so many materials out there, you truly can’t go wrong mixing textiles within the same color.
3. A Belt Can Do Wonders
So if you find yourself layering on thicker things than usual because the weather is being quite awful today, that’s okay. Layer on those thicker layers, and top it off with a thick belt. This belt, worn over the waist, helps accentuate the curves hidden under those layers and keeps you from looking like a walking padded stick. So find a thick accented belt and pair it with your favorite winter coat and you’re good to go!
Wondering what you should wear on your feet? Check out this article for some tips!