STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Loving Layers

Style Advice of the Week

Battling bitter outdoor temperatures and the stifling indoor heat can take a toll on every Fashionista and Fashionisto. Styling for these two extremes creates a dilemma on what you should wear this time of year. The best strategy to combat the cold weather and the toasty indoors is to utilize the art of layering. By simply adding or subtracting pieces to your ensemble you can maintain style and practicality without having to worry if you’re wearing too much or too little.

Today’s Fashionista looks chic and comfortable with her precision layering. Her jeans and boots are a great fall and winter combo that set up the rest of her casual appearance. This Fashionista’s neutral cable sweater is a must for anyone looking to layer. If you're searching for something similar, check out Ralph Lauren or J.Crew for a classic sweater that won't go out of style. The key is to choose a sleek knit that won’t appear bulky or boxy when combined with other items. Those that layer best are able to add layers and still maintain their silhouette. Trying using a shawl or cardigan to add warmth but not volume. Her military-inspired jacket is durable enough for the frigid weather outside, yet practical for her items underneath. This Fashionista’s scarf is quintessential and adds a necessary pop of color that pulls together her entire look. I suggest looking at Madewell for Fashionistas and Bonobos for Fashionistos.

It’s easy to fall back on a dark or neutral palette when layering your pieces together but always try to pick one stand out piece. Bright, bold colors are not off limits and are used best in accessories or even as a base layer. Mix things up a bit with a fun print to break up an otherwise monochromatic outfit.

Layering certainly isn’t the newest trend but it is a timeless technique that always makes an appearance on runway shows. As winter approaches, make sure to keep layering in mind and dare to get creative with light colors and eye-catching prints to brighten up this basic styling scheme.

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