Showing posts with label layering tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label layering tips. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Layer Like a Boss

Multiple thin layers keep me warm without running the risk of looking like the Michelin Man.

On a recent Saturday, we visited our old downtown to see some of the new projects taking place there. An exciting renaissance has begun in Johnson City!

From November to April, I am usually wearing a minimum of two layers. I started this look with a thin gray tank camisole from Saks Off 5th, next I added a great looking striped button front tunic from J.Jill. The cashmere scarf/wrap is old from J.Jill

I was supplied this top and wrap by J.Jill. 
The opinions are my own.

I bought the distressed faux leather jacket from my friend Myra's boutique The Charlemont in Kingsport, TN. The ankle jeans are from Chico's. The bag is by Zac Posen and the boots are by French Connection, both via Saks Off 5th.

I once avoided wearing longer layers under shorter pieces but I learned that if I use a soft unstructured longer piece under a more structured shorter piece it seems to always work out well.

Each time I go to the J.Jill website, I find it difficult to narrow my selections to stay within my budget. I want them all!

I decided on this top because I know I can also wear it in warm weather without a tank, with white jeans and sandals.

Shown below without the outer layers.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Details Make The Difference

Layering can keep you warm and add some pizzazz to your basic pieces, but subtle small details can make the difference between fabulous and frumpy.

When we attended church with my family recently I wanted to wear a dress but it was too cold to wear my one winter weight dress with mesh sleeves alone. I added this silver chain link necklace from Stein Mart to tie in with a silver Traveler's cardigan from Chico's. The dress is also from Chico's. 

The sleeves are the most interesting feature of this dress. The ruching at the waistline makes the hemline a little less than perfectly smooth. When I added the sweater I covered the sleeves and the ruching. Adding the sweater took the dress down a few notches and made it less stylish. This is not a look I will repeat. A better more polished look would have been to wear a slim fitting skirt with a sharper hemline and slim fitting top in the same color with the silver cardigan. Limited time forced me to just go with this look.

When I added a top coat and bag the look was saved. Coat from the Loft. Calvin Klein bag from T.J.Maxx.

This is another gray and black layering look that worked much better than the dress example above. The pants are straight and narrow, but they are not leggings. The top is in a similar fabric as the pants but loose fitting. The cardigan has crystal sleeve details and it is long enough to cover the bottom. If I were petite (less than 5' 4") I would opt for a shorter cardigan. The slimmer leg pant keeps the loose fitting shape of the cardigan from making me look heavier.

Notice how showing my ankles and pushing up the sleeves a bit lifts the eye and makes me look a little taller and a little thinner. When it isn't freezing cold outside I always do this.

Here is another version of silver and gray layering with black. The longer length of this cardigan would not be good for a petite woman since so little of my legs are showing. The goal for a petite woman is to show as much leg length as possible. A jacket or sweater should end just below the waistline so that only the lower half of the bottom might be showing. Great fitting tailored pants are very important for the petite woman. A wide leg pant with a boxy jacket can make any of us look heavier and shorter.

Your choice of a base color may be brown or navy or even burgundy, but you can see from these examples how effective it can be to use the various tones of the same color to layer.

Details extend to how you tie your scarf. If you are petite a smaller scarf in a solid color or with a smaller print can be wrapped simply around your neck so that isn't too long. A bulky scarf tied once at the neck with long ends hanging freely adds bulk to give you an overall barrel shape.

Thank you for joining Mr. Mickey and me on this wonderful journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!

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