Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Lookbook: Knit Wit (how to layer like a pro--the formula and quick tips)

Shirt:  Madewell // Drape Cardigan: Express // Camel Cardigan:  J. Crew Men // Denim:  Madewell // Bag: Fossil // Shoes: Dolce Vita

The Formula:
  1. Start with a thin basic top, solids are great but sometimes a stripe or print will work, usually in a neutral.
  2. Add a cardigan or sweater.  This is a good layer to introduce a bold color, if you'd like to.
  3. Top it off with a jacket or coat--my favorites are a denim jacket or a peacoat--usually in a neutral.
  4. Scarves!  They are a MUST for me and usually my favorite part of any outfit.  I like to pull the colors all together with a scarf.
  5. Don't forget to add accessories to really complete the look and at least appear to have it all together--watch, ring, necklaces.
Quick Layering Tips:
  • Start with lightweight tops, keeping them relatively form-fitting especially as your first layer.
  •  Always be conscious of proportions and length.  Don't hide your waist line!  When in doubt, use a belt to cinch you in--either over all the layers or somewhere in between.
  • Play with texture.  It's the element that keeps it interesting and polished.  A mix of materials is more flattering as one material will make you look heavy and dowdy.

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