It’s all about the Layers!
1) Keep in Shape.
Keep the under layers more fitted to define your shape better. If you wear a more fitted top underneath the over-layer it helps to define your shape more so look for a good quality top that fits and skims in all the right places.
2) Don’t turn up the volume.
Avoid fussiness falling on areas of the body where there is already volume. For example if you have a large bust avoid having ruffles, draping or frill on the bust area. If you are conscious of your tummy, again avoid fuss falling on this area and instead look for a cleaner line.
3) Proportion, proportion, proportion.
Think about Proportion When Layering. If wearing longer, looser tops and layers opt for slim cut and skinny trousers to balance out the look. Flip this theory if you’re wearing a fuller skirt or wide leg trousers, you want to pair these with a shorter, tailored jacket. Think balance!
4) Think about Lengths When Layering
For dresses and tunics, go long or go short but don’t go midway! Wear longer jackets/coats/cardis than the hemline or a layer that finishes about the waistline but no longer. For maxi skirts and dresses avoid wearing any jackets that come past the hip bone otherwise you could hide your entire figure and look frumpy.
4) Highlight the Waist
If you’re concerned about your waistline, try to top off your look with something belted. A belt can help to make layers work better, whether you add the belt underneath the layer or above it.
You can also however use a shrunken denim or leather jacket or short cardigan that falls just on the waist or smallest part of the ribs. This also gives you your waist back and looks great with dresses short and long!
5) Layer Underneath
If you constantly suffer from too much cleavage, buttons popping or gaping necklines, layer underneath with a good quality camisole or vest top. I recommend doing so in a darker shade as it makes everything look more compact. You can also use this trick with anything sheer – layering with a darker colour underneath (rather than nude or white) makes you look slimmer and more toned.
6) Sleeveless Layering
This season the sleeveless jacket is king. It’s a great statement piece that can instantly funk up akinny jeans and a simple vest top for a trendier way to layer. Add a longline pendant necklace and you’re bang on trend.
Sleeveless layering with wasitcoats and sleeveless cardigans is a fantastic way to continue to layer when the weather gets warmer!
7) Mix Textures
By mixing textures with your layering you can dress up, dress down, soften or make something more edgy! It’s a great way to make a piece look completely different. For example soften your leather look trousers with a knit cardigan or edge out your pastel coloured jeans with a leather biker!
8) The last layer
An outfit often doens’t look finished until you add the final touches with your statement necklace or scarf!