How to Layer without Adding Bulk

Posted on October 09 2014

It’s fall, the season of layering. This can be a scary thing for many women who fear it will add bulk to their silhouettes, but layering can actually flatter your curves and give the appearance of a more proportional figure if done right.

Layering Tips

  • Mix and match textures and materials!

  • Choose bottoms that are tailored

  • Make the first 2 layers more fitted to keep your shape streamlined

  • To emphasize your waistline, make the top layer a belted jacket OR add a skinny belt over the second layer

  • Keep in mind the lengths of your layers. Not all layers should be the same length, a longer outer layer should be paired with a shorter inner layer and vice versa.

How to Create a Great Layered Look

  1. Start with a basic, lightweight top. A solid, something striped or neutral will work, as will something from your warm weather wardrobe!

  2. Add another layer. Like a long cardigan, button down, sweater or pullover.  Add dimension with a bold color. Or stick to neutrals, like heather grey or taupe.

  3. For the last clothing layer add a jacket, blazer or light coat. You’ll want to pick a basic color and depending on your aesthetic you’ll want to make this layer darker than the previous. Colors that are good picks: navy, black, olive green (think military style jacket), camel or even hunter green which is very in right now

  4. Top it off with a scarf or long necklace

  5. Add on your accessories like bracelets, rings, watches, but steer clear of chunky necklaces. There is already plenty of action happening around your collarbone area.

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