My favorite thing about cooler weather is that I can wear layers again. An instant way to elevate your look is to add a third piece. There are a few tricks I employ to make sure these combos are flattering.
Always layer a short jacket with a long tank or any top that extends to mid-hip. A boxy longer or oversized blazer requires a fitted shorter tank or long sleeve fitted top and slimline pants. Give at least the suggestion of a waistline by showing part of it or by wearing staggered layers or a jacket with a nipped-in waistline.
Flowy oversized or stiff pieces are very tricky to wear together since excess fabric equals excess girth. The jacket and top should not end at the same level. The best blazer length for most of us is at mid-hip. With your arms fully extended, you should be able to close your hand around the hemline.
The cropped faux suede jacket layered over a longer top, suggests I have a more slender waistline than I do. A note about sizing: I bought this jacket last year. Now I should be wearing a size small.
When layering pieces in very similar colors, vary the textures. I’ve included a variety of shades of gray and black to give my look more dimension and polish. When I wear slim-fitting pants, I always wear pantyhose or opaque tights instead of kneehighs or socks. The band around the top would make a dent that shows through the pant leg.
Guidelines are not forever rules. Styles and our bodies change, so I strive to remain flexible in my thinking and willing to try new things. Tips and guidelines help us put together flattering looks that are comfortable and appropriate to wear for any occasion and on any budget. I share what I’ve learned in hopes that it helps you decipher what might work best for you.
I have an inverted triangle shaped body with a thick waistline and short thick legs (calves) from the knee to the ankle. I don’t let those facts get in my creative way. Focus on the positives and downplay the negatives. That’s the big secret of every stylish woman.