How I layer

by - Saturday, March 12, 2011

I have a love for layering. I started doing this because my office's temperature runs hot and cold like a girl on PMS. That and also playing with accessories is fun. There is no right or wrong, but I thought I would share what tends to go on in my head:

- I almost always wear a cardigan or jacket, unbuttoned. It's the easiest way to layer and wear different colors/textures.

- Belts and sashes are my best friend. Sometimes I even double up. It helps break up the top from the bottom half.

- Simple necklines (crewneck, v-neck, etc) look great with necklaces or scarves. I pretty much feel naked without something around my neck.

- Statement necklaces look great under or over collared shirts.

- When I push up my sleeves or wear short-sleeve tops, bracelets are my go-to.

- I treat necklaces, belts, sashes, and scarves interchangeably. Scarves can work as belts, sashes can work as scarves. I've even used long necklaces as belts.

Keep proportions in mind
- If my top half consists of multiple layers, I like to keep the bottom half simpler (or vice versa).

- If I'm wearing long sleeves on top, I'm more inclined to show off the legs and wear heels. In reverse, a strapless top with pants.

- Vary the lengths. Ie: a longer tee underneath a blazer, a cardigan over a tucked-in shirt, a cropped jacket over a top, shirt sleeves rolled up over a jacket.

Do you agree or disagree with any? What other layering tips do you have to share?

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  1. you are the queen of layering! i'm not very good at it :(

  2. Great tips, Cee. I love layering too but I don't know how to do it properly. I am going to keep these tips in mind. Thanks for sharing.

  3. You are a layering queen. So glad you did this post, because I stick to my same old one or two ways of layering. Saving this for inspiration!

  4. I love these tips! And I have yet to try the whole statement necklace OVER a shirt - I think it's genius though!

    I really love how you make sashes into necklaces and scarves into belts - is there are rule on the type of scarf/sash? The ones I have just don't seem to work interchangeably for me - or I just haven't figured it out yet.

  5. I agree completely with these tips! I feel like this is what I try to go by, but even with this advice, my layering sometimes gets a little too 'kid playing dress up in mom's closet. I'm working on it, though :)

  6. You are my layering inspiration!! I don't know you do it but this post is so helpful:D

  7. What a very cohesive post! I like the mini slices of your outfits. ^,^ I really like your advice that if there is a layering piece on top, keep the bottom simple.

  8. Great post, Cee! I love the way you layer, but always found myself lacking innovative ideas on this topic. So this post is very helpful for me. I can't help laughing at my nerdy thoughts when I read "I treat necklaces, belts, sashes, and scarves interchangeably." First image that came into my mind was a girl wearing a belt on her neck. Am I hopeless? lol.

  9. Agreed! You are my layering Yoda master =) I'll be leaving for a trip for 4 weeks so sorry if I won't be commenting for a while. Till then, I know you'll keep on layering and brightening up other gals' days. xoxo L

  10. OOOH the secrets of Cee - I love it! Thanks so much for educating dummies like me :)

    BTW, I'm doing a Cee-inspired OOTD on Tuesday! I hope you like it.

  11. Very helpful information Cee - Thanks so much for sharing!!

  12. @Leena - Everyone has their personal style and something they're good at. You Leena, are the queen of blazers. I envy that :)

    @PetiteLittleGirl, @Kristen, @Really Petite, @Lisa, @Callandra - I debated for the longest time about whether I should write a post like this. I wasn't sure if I was just spouting common sense, but I'm glad you found it somewhat helpful :)

    @curls-and-pearls - With silk square scarves, you can fold it in half diagonally and then sort of roll it up to use as a belt. I also like to use sashes that are about 1" wide as belts too. Keep playing around with them and I'm sure you'll get the hang of it :)

    @Tara - I feel like a kid playing dress up too! When I start feeling that way, I realize I'm probably over accessorizing, so I'll start taking items off.

    @Banhannas - Thanks Hanna!

    @Vicky - Haha! The same thought crossed my mind, so I gave some examples. I think it's the engineers in us, we take things literally :)

    @SewPetiteGal - Looking forward to your outfit!

  13. I always love how well you layer! Thanks for sharing this with us :)

  14. sigh. my comment got eat up again. :(

    The gist of my previous wordy comment was that I love how you layer and will be bookmarking this page for reference. I really needed this post! :) I suck at layering...

  15. Great tips, Cee! You are the best at layering. I love how you are able to use sashes and scarves in such interesting ways. I really need to take notes! :)

  16. I'm still learning how to layer effectively, so this is very helpful. Thanks for sharing Cee! :)

  17. This is such a great post - I sometimes find it difficult to accessorize and this post has given me some great ideas. Thank you!

  18. Layering is essential especially if you work in a BPO company. It gives you a choice as well to mix and match your clothes. Aside from that, you are also able to look fab even if you are cold.


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