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Clever Couture | Lessons on Layering

Lay it on us.

If we had to pick one thing that we loved most about the cooler months with regard to dressing, it would be the opportunity to layer. Summer’s intense heat robs us of the fun of wearing fabrics with any weight to them, let alone several fabrics at once. Some call this summer mourning, we call it sartorial optimism. As we approach what we consider the ideal seasons to showcase some of fashion’s finest constructions, we tap our Associate Editor Erin Diamond to lay on some helpful tips.

1. Always try to keep your first layer (the one closest to your body) as smooth and slim fitting as possible. Bulky is never a good look on anyone and it totally defeats the purpose of being able to wear several layers at once.

2. Exaggerated sleeves and cuffs (see: Gracie shirt) are designed to be celebrated! Poke them out of the sleeves of rolled up blazers or jackets and relish in your fashion aptitude.

3. Layer similar prints and textures for an extra dose of drama. Print-mixing is fabulous, but print enveloping is genius. Wear stripes on stripes, animal print on animal print and floral on floral. Throw a chunky scarf over a knit sweater. I dare you.

4. Outerwear is not optional. Consider your coat the piece de resistance. It should embellish the rest of your outfit and complement your layering prowess, not cover it up!

5. Don’t forget your finishing pieces! Let your individuality shine with that scarf, hat or statement necklace. Pile them on and then remember the words of fashion’s first lady Coco Chanel, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.”