Layering clothes is not just for the fall and winter seasons. You can layer in the spring and summer, too. Layering can be especially important if you purchase something that’s a little less modest than you’d like it to be, and would like to find a solution for that. Also, layering can provide a barrier from the sun’s heat.
Underneath: camisoles; cap sleeve tees; crew neck tees; fitted t-shirts; lace tees; tank tops; tissue t-shirts; v-neck tees
On top: light-weight, lace and sheer shawls; light cardigans; sheer blouses and button-downs; shrugs; vests; 3/4 or shorter length jackets for spring/summer; (t-shirts can also be worn over tank-tops)
The Art of Layering
You don’t have to be a wardrobe consultant to master the art of layering. You can do it by learning to add layering elements based on:
- Your body structure (based on 4 basic shapes: apple, banana, hourglass and pear)
- Fabric color/print
- Shape of fabric (how it moves: stiff versus fluid)
- The look you’re going for: feminine, casual, sporty, elegant, business, formal, etc.
- What you’re trying to camouflage or cover-up
- Your personality
In order to train your eye so you can become a clothes layering artist, try looking at layering pieces as accessories. If you have a nice lace tee on, do you really need to add a competing necklace? Do you need a bold belt if you’re wearing a long shawl with fringed ends? The key with layering is to not look sloppy or as if you’re trying to hide from the world.
Remember, modesty is always in fashion!