Layering guide: My go-to formula for fall + winter

 

I’ve got a heart for summer, but there is one thing that gets me a little excited about colder weather wardrobe: layering.

Layering
…lets you get more outfits out of what’s already inside your closet
elevates your basics
adds depth to your outfit
…is totally functional to keep you comfortable in cold + fluctuating temperatures

And this particular outfit comes from one of my go-to layering formulas. Let’s break it down >>>

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Sweater: Aritzia Shirtdress: Aritzia Slipdress, lace-trimmed slip, & motorcycle boots: vintage {head over to your local thrift or vintage store—some thrifting tips here m'dear}

Hem layering

This is what I call  hem layering —when the layering takes place at the bottom.

 

My go-to formula

slip + shirtdress + sweater —————

This is the basic hem layering formula I make many variants on each cold-weather season {I bet if you're over on Instagram, you're already familiar};
I'll add a lace-trimmed slip below the bottom layer (as in this case), or subtract the middle shirtdress layer, add a fur vest on top, or layer it all over opaque tights, skinny jeans, or flares—just to name a few.

 

What to look for in hem layering

In layering you’re looking for  contrast.

Whether this contrast is subtle or dramatic will affect the overall look—but it can be either subtle or dramatic or a mix of both.

You need contrast between the lengths.

You may want to add contrast in
•  colour {think colour schemes like monochromatic, analogous, or complementary}
•  texture {think different materials like lace, silks, chunky cable knits + smooth cashmeres}
•  patterns {mix floral and stripes, big prints and little prints}
•  shape {like how my shirtdress contrasts the straight-across edge of the white slip, and the raw lace edge contrasts that}

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I’m pretty obsessed with outfit formulas. Even for a style-lover like me, saving time, energy, + decision-making each day and trading it in for more confidence + comfortability—that’s what I strive for in my closet.

Do you like to layer in your closet? If layering guides are something you want to see more of around here, let me know in the comments below.

PS: Speaking of more confidence + comfortability and spending less time + energy—have you gone through my FREE Find your style workbook? It’s available for all my BFFs right now—go grab it! ⤵

With love + style,

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