Just like an onion, Fashionista/os can be comprised of layers. In this Fashionista’s case, she is made up of a simple white shirt dress, a plaid button-down and jean jacket. Each of these is a staple that almost everyone can find in their wardrobe.
This Fashionista is sporting a look that I have seen a lot of throughout the semester: multiple layers with a masculine and feminine balance. Her look has a boyish quality to it because of the plaid button-down and boots, but it’s still feminine due to her accessories, make-up, purse and hairstyle. Overall, plaid comes with many different associations, such as being rustic, Kurt Cobain reminiscent and hunting, for example. It has, however, been a fixture in the fashion world since 1924, when Pendleton’s plaid shirt premiered and has continued to remain a present trend. Michael Kors’ 2012 ready-to-wear line incorporated a lot of plaid in a fresh way.
For other layering ideas that include patterns and texture, look at this Parson’s Fashionista, who layered two texturally different vests. Or, check out this University of Texas Fashionisto, who wore one cardigan on top of another in an expert manner.
Besides being great for keeping warm and mixing various patterns and textures, layering is a tool for converging multiple styles into one. In sense, it is a fashion melting pot where styles from any season, part of the world or part of your closet have the opportunity to come together and get along. Like people, though, not everything goes together and there can be much trial and error when trying to find the right match. This Fashionista, however, has done a superb job of tri-layering. All together, it reminds me of something Angela Chase would be wearing in 2012.
When becoming your own fashion onion, play around with various patterns and lengths. If you have old sweaters that are too short, try layering them over a flowy dress with a chambray shirt and a skinny belt. If you love polka-dots, try a looser fitting men’s polka dot button-down over a polka-dot dress, accompanied by a bright belt or thinner scarf. Layering truly comes in all shapes and sizes, so find a combination that is true to your style and works with the weather.