In about a few weeks, we’ll be entering the fall season and of course with it comes the nippy air. Although I’m not really into cold weather, what I love about fall is the fashionable clothes we can wear. And of course, when it comes to fall fashion, the key to looking fabulous while staying warm is layering.
Fall Layering 101
As we all know, layering can be fun and stylish if done the right way. However, it can also be disastrous if you pair pieces that does not work well together. You see, layering is not just about wearing clothes on top of each other to keep yourself warm, it also involves combining pieces in your wardrobe that’ll look good. Wondering how to level up your layering game? Let’s go back to the basics. Here are some factors that I think could help you feel comfortable and at the same time look stylish:
Base Layer – It’s the garment that is next to your skin. That’s why you should choose something that your skin would feel comfy with like a cotton t-shirt or a camisole. Keep in mind that the base layer doesn’t have to be thick or textured, especially during fall season. Also, when it comes to styling, you can pretty much choose any top that’ll look good on you. You can either go for printed, colored, or plain, it’s entirely up to you. Just make sure that your top will work with the second or third layer that you’ll be choosing next.
Second Layer – the second layer is basically the insulating layer that keeps the heat inside and at the same time keeps the cold outside what you’re wearing. These are jackets, blazers, cardigans, and such. For styling, the most basic rule is to make sure your outerwear does not have the same print or color as your first layer. For instance, if you’re going to be wearing a striped shirt, you can only go for plain jackets. If, however, you’ll be wearing a plain shirt, you can play around with printed or textured jackets more.
Third Layer – the third layer or the shell layer is usually used during winter, when it gets really cold, or during bad weather days. These are windproof or waterproof jackets that protects you from rain, snow, or chilly winds.
Fall Fashion Layering Essentials
Now that we’ve talked about the basics of layering, let’s talk about the essential layering pieces. These will give you a lot of options with your layering game:
Who would’ve thought that the humble t-shirt is one of the most important pieces in layering? Yes, basic cotton tees are the perfect 1st layering piece as you can pretty much pair them with any outerwear. For me, the best way to go is always with a classic and plain t-shirt. I just let my top garments do the talking with my style.
I just love using my button-down shirts for layering. It’s not too heavy yet provides enough insulation to make you feel comfy and warm on cold days. But the best part of all is it looks so simple yet classy that pairing them with different outerwear will never be a problem.
Jackets and blazers are definitely a must-have when you’re mastering the fine art of layering. If you want to look a bit dressy, you can pair a casual outfit with a blazer and voila, it’s a classy outfit.
If you want your style to look edgy and cool, denim and leather jackets are the way to go. Imagine wearing a basic t-shirt and jeans getup, just wear a denim or leather jacket on top and you’ll instantly look bad-ass.
Sweaters and hoodies aren’t just hip nowadays, they’re also one of the most comfy outerwear out there. yes, they may be a bit laid-back but that’s just the magic of sweaters and hoodies. Just pair them off with casual or semi-casual clothing and you’re good to go.
The ones I’ve mentioned above are just some of the things you need to perfect your layering prowess. There are, of course, other pieces out there to broaden your layering capabilities. Others worth mentioning are cardigans, coats, vests, and accessories—invest in these and you’ll surely boost your layering game to the next level.
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