My go-to layering formula (again)

 

For someone who doesn’t like cold weather, I sure do seem to go on about how much I love layering.

This touch-of-sparkle outfit is an outcome of my go-to layering formula (you may remember it from this post over here). Instead of the slipdress I’ve layered over my summer flares and instead of a classic shirtdress I’ve added this vintage beaded tunic.

But it all comes from the same outfit formula that I keep in my back pocket.

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Sweater: Aritzia | Beaded tunic: vintage Flares: Zara Shoes: Forever21, similar Bag: vintage

You probably already have your go-to formulas—whether it’s a full skirt + tight top, a looser top with a cinched-waist, a tunic with knee-high boots—they don’t need to be complicated or exceptional, but they do need to make you feel exceptional when you wear them!

And here’s why I love having a go-to outfit formula:

  • saves time + energy—can pull an outfit together at a moment’s notice
  • helps me make better buying decisions—if it works with my outfit formula I know I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of it
  • I use it to “shop” my closet—there’s combinations I haven’t tried yet and then poof a new outfit without having to buy anything new
  • encourages safe experimentation—I can start to be more experimental in the prints, colours, and textures I mix, knowing that they already work together in shape
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Safe experimentation is how I get regular wear out of this beaded number. Sparkles are a little out there for me—so I rein them in by mixing them into my tried and true formula.

What about you? What are your go-to formulas? And how can we add a splash of adventurous to them this holiday season?

Today's post is to encourage you to mix in that piece that's a little "out there"—that piece you never wear—into your go-to formulas. See what exceptional outfits are already waiting in your closet!

With love + safe experimentation,

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