How To Layer Clothes for Work
While it's easy to think you need to put in less effort in cold weather and you can just hide underneath your layers, there is a method to layering and still feeling stylish and put together.
Layers are a great way to add depth and a little character to your look - look at it as your finishing touches.. Making your look your own. For example, anyone can throw on a top, bottom and shoes but not many throw on an added layer. Layers are a great way to stand out and be more different. With a simple layer, you can really transform your look.
As covered in Building A Wardrobe: The Basics eBook, your wardrobe basics are the key pieces to layering your look. You need these pieces to help connect your garments to one another. Remember: Your basics can work and be styled with anything, so it is crucial that you take the time to invest in these items. Your basics can be worn alone, combined with each other and/or used as base pieces to build out your outfit and connect with your winter staples and everything else in your closet.
Dressing for your 9 to 5 can seem a little tricky at times, you don’t want to fall victim to a stiff and boring work attire but you don’t want to appear too trendy in the office. There is a happy medium. You can still be stylish in the office, abide by the “dress code” and still be work appropriate.
In Winter 2017 Wardrobe eBook, I’ve laid out 36 different clothes, garments and shoes that’ll work both in the office and out of it (minus the pair of sneakers, because we all know - sneakers are not going to cut it in the office). The trick with pulling off a stylish look in the office is balancing out a trendier piece with a basic or simple garment - for example, a leopard blouse with a pair of black slacks, minimal accessories and neutral shoes; not a leopard blouse, leopard printed shoes, jewelry and colored pants. Moderation is key.
Come winter, your approach to styling your look will be a little different - more layers for the colder weather but you want to avoid feeling bulky or creating a look that makes you appear as if you packed on non-existent weight.
Below is my step-by-step guide to layering your look with outfit examples pulled from Winter 2017 Wardrobe eBook:
HOW TO LAYER?
Step 1: BASE PIECE
Layering your look begins with a base piece. The most common base pieces are your wardrobe basics. However, this can range from a wardrobe basic or a winter staple piece to a dress or jumpsuit.
Step 2: ADD TO YOUR BASE PIECE
Pair your base piece with another garment, whether a skirt or pants. If you’re styling a one-piece garment—such as a dress, romper, or jumpsuit—simply skip step 2.
Step 3: ADD ON LAYER
Layer your look with an outer layer which can range from another shirt, sweater, or cardigan, to a vest, blazer, or jacket.
Step 4: COMPLETE LOOK WITH ACCESSORIES AND SHOES
Accessories (like layers) help to make your look your own. Your accessories can instantly transform an outfit from casual to dressy, or make a dressier look more casual. (Refer to: How To Dress up, Dress Your Clothes blog post for help in this area).
Step 5: LAYER LOOK WITH OUTERWEAR
Add on the top layer to your look: your coat.
There are different variations to consider, which are dependent upon what your outfit consists of. Do you want to layer two shirts? Or are you aiming to pair a dress with a layer? Or maybe you just want to pair a sweater with a coat. Make sure to ask yourself, “What are my options?”