Outside the window, the sky is blue and filled with pale, heavy clouds. The sun warms the glass, the leafy tendrils of trees float lazily in the breeze. Fast forward two hours later, and the scene outside the window has changed dramatically. Rain spatters the window, creating a steady thrum. The wind whips the trees’ branches around, the portrait of contentment ruined by a surprise soaking from above. The temperature has dropped ten degrees, the wind making it feel even colder.
This is known as a typical day in the Midwest—sun, rain and sometimes even snow. Dressing for the midwestern weather is a learning experience, and it takes some time to master. It’s best to layer like there’s no tomorrow. You can never go wrong with being prepared.
Some good pieces to layer with in the summer are flannels, button-down shirts, cardigans and light jackets. My favorite piece I use for layering is a denim jacket. It goes with everything, and denim is timeless. It’s also a great way to add a light but durable layer in warmer months.
I paired my denim jacket with black shorts and a black and white striped tank top. Throw on a pair of neutral block heels or sandals, and it makes for an outfit that you can wear anywhere. The accessories I added were delicate, layered gold necklaces and silver rings.
Another way to layer in the summer is to throw on a flannel. Flannels go with basically anything and can change any outfit up.
So next time you step outside and feel that unexpected chill, don’t panic, grab that trusty denim jacket or flannel and continue on your way.
What are your favorite pieces for layering? Let us know in the comments below.