The term ‘bundle up’ used to imply an ungodly amount of layers, virtually unflattering across the board. Understandably so, perfecting the delicate balance between traditional ‘bundling’ and fashionable layering requires a little knowledge about textural blending. The bulk factor ultimately derives from layers of similar textures—think puffer vest under a puffer jacket. Now, if you ask me, looking like the Michelin Man while braving the spine-chilling cold doesn’t exactly scream fashionable.
This Fashionista embodies the essence of flattering layers. She opts for a thick gray sweater, camel-colored vest and an ever-popular Patagonia fleece. Notice the masterful mixture of the thick intarsia knit, the sleek vest and the thin fleeced-jacket. The endless variety of textural blends assures a frame-flattering approach to staying warm and bulk-free. What’s more, she accessorizes with a print to offset the solid nature of her layers.
If you find yourself bogged down by the diverse assortment of outerwear this season, try this approach. Pair this Marc by Marc Jacobs knit with an army puffer vest. When it comes time to face the outdoor chill, throw on a statement Leopard coat. The double-breasted opening, coupled with the retro shape, gives the jacket that feminine edge to offset the masculinity of the vest. And who doesn’t love a jacket reminiscent of Kate Moss’s consistently innovative, never contrived personal style?
When it comes to the hair and makeup in a layering situation, keep it light and simple. The last thing you want is a face of foundation on top of winter’s signature dry skin. This Fashionista keeps her highlighted locks tasseled and carefree. The same goes for her makeup. In fact, she wears little to nothing, opting for a sheer moisturizer and swipe of mascara. So, next time you hear the words ‘bundle up,’ avoid a dreaded fashion disaster and spice it up with textural twists.