The hardest part of being a clothes enthusiast is choosing what to wear each morning. It is difficult to decide on just one shirt when you have so many favorites, or choose the jacket that expresses the right mood. For fashion-lovers, creative layering is a very helpful tip: the more items you wear at once, the more opportunities you get to wear each item. Here are the most interesting layering moves and ways you can play favorites with your best items.
The strong arm move: When done right, this trick can transform the way your sleeveless tops and dresses look. You simply wear a flattering solid-colored turtleneck in a complementary, bold color underneath your shift dresses and tank tops. For the best effect, choose an undershirt that fits skin-tight throughout to give your outfit a seamless, color-blocked effect. Bonus points if your shirt has a bit of a texture.
Keep in mind that a white T-shirt is the ultimate summer layering tool. Wear it under strappy or strapless summer dresses for the added oomph.
The hem-on-hem move: Women love playing around with mixing skirts with dresses — wearing pleated midi-skirts with shift dresses, A-line skirts on top of maxi-dresses, pencil skirts underneath sundresses, or a dozen other clever permutations. The trick is to make sure the top layer is substantial enough to hide any bunching or bumps underneath. Besides that, though, go wild. Double the hems to play with textures, colors, patterns, and shapes.
The jacket-shirt move: Button up one slimmer-fit jacket all the way to the top, and wear with a coordinating jacket on top — and keep that one unbuttoned. If you keep the rest of your outfit on the simpler side, the layered collars and hardware on your jacket-on-jacket top will be clever, not fussy.
The cover-your-bases move: One of the hardest things to figure out about layering is when to stop. If the point is showing off a wide variety of patterns, colors, shapes, and textures, you are doing it wrong; you are simply bulking up while hiding what is underneath. You should instead find pieces with an element that covers or exposes a part of your body, whether that is your chest, your neck, your back, your arms, or your midriff. Then, keep those parts in mind as your layer up, and try not to cover any part more than twice. For an example, take a cropped, long-sleeved shirt and place it under a longer-length sleeveless turtleneck and a halter-neck dress. While that is technically three layers, there is not a lot of actual fabric-on-fabric happening, which cuts down on the bulk and lets each item shine.