The winter has brought a lot of ups and downs in terms of the weather. One day it's warm and sunny, the next a cold blustery wind is hitting you in the face. That’s why many trendsetters have resorted to layering their favorite wardrobe pieces for a stylish yet comfortable ensemble.
An important aspect to understand about the layered look is that it must be balanced with a sense of “not giving a damn '90s grunge” while still looking polished and evoking a degree of feminininity.
Layering is nothing new this season, but there are many different layering techniques that have worked in a multitude of ways. For instance, Richard Chai’s runway was dotted with skirts over pants, blouses under sweaters and heavy jackets paired with delicate dresses. Today’s Fashionista opts for an active layered look, keeping it cool and understated with a pair of sneakers while stylishly battling the unpredictable weather.
To work the layered look, it’s important to incorporate different colors like this Fashionista’s olive colored coat that contrasts with a light wash denim zip-up and maroon winter accessories. For a cozier look, select a neutral cable knit dress layered with colored tights and bright accessories. Be sure to take note from this Fashionista’s understatedly fun take on winter accessories such as her hat and scarf. Additionally, follow this Fashionista’s eclectic look; opt to wear a pair of non-prescription glasses and smear a pop of color on your lips for an ultimately feminine look.
Chapped lips, dry air, crunched leaves, cool breeze–all sure-fire signs of a fast approaching New England fall. Already October, it is time to pile on the layers while still looking chic. Layering can give your outfit an entirely new look, but also risks looking messy or bulky. This Fashionista, however, artfully avoids such a risk by keeping her layers thin and mixing earthy tones. Three layers might sound like too many, but by keeping the materials thin and form fitting, she pulls it off. The first layer is a pine green dress, covered by a thin knit gray button down sweater. The outmost layer, a navy blue structured jacket, is cut just above her gray sweater and kept easy-going with scrunched-up sleeves. When layering, it is important to keep the tones muted and harmonious, since bright, highly saturated colors become too loud with too many layers. This Fashionista breaks up the look with an auburn brown satchel that can be worn over the shoulder, as pictured, or across the chest. Her gold studded shoes that wrap around the ankle add subtle sophistication to the look while still holding onto a fleeting summer style.
Hint: If you're feeling daring (or especially chilly!), add one more layer your look with a scarf. A scarf is the perfect opportunity to add a punch of pattern to your look in contrast to your layers which are best kept basic.
Colorado weather is well known for its ever changing climate, which makes dressing quite difficult for Colorado State Fashionistas. But don’t fret; there is a cure, in the form of layers! Yes, this has been a warming staple for years, but I am seeing a fun new form take shape. Oversized sweaters with cropped sleeves are perfect over a long sleeve tee and skinny jeans, as seen on this Fashionista running off to class. It is just enough to keep you warm, but it also helps you embrace the warmer days of winter. Another great option is a cape or poncho, like this from Aubin & Willis spotted at Net-A-Porter.