LAYERING BEYOND WARMTH
Photography: Prince B, Styling; Michelle
As a blogger I am most often commented on on my layering. For many readers, creative layering seems like a skill few feel they possess.
There are degrees of layering. If you leave the house in a shirt, a jumper, jeans and a coat, technically you are layering but it's hardly out of the norm. That's just keeping warm. Layering is actually not always about the amount of clothing you are wearing but rather the items which you choose to put together.
Entry level creative layering is wearing a dress over leather trousers or jeans, for example. This is a good novice layerer approach. It has maximum impact for very little work.
Complex layering, and one which does require confidence and skill, is when you start to layer pieces not just as individual items of clothing but as items which interact with each other on different levels, such as pattern, print, silhouette and texture. This degree of layering requires more thought and visualisation as you have many separate elements that must come together to create a single narrative. It also requires a huge wardrobe to begin with.
But I also favour the half way house, such as this outfit. There are only two pieces in this outfit but they are two dresses, which would not seem at all like they should belong together - an ornate lace dress and a strict uniform-esque shirt dress - yet when worn together you can see that the silhouettes mirror each other and each dress enhances the other.
VINTAGE LACE DRESS (CUSTOMISED BY ME) / COS DRESS / TOPSHOP BOOTS / EBAY HAT / VINTAGE NECKLACE
Layering is really all about having the confidence to just give it a go. It'll either work or it'll just look like you're wearing all your clothes at once. But either way, you'll have fun trying.