“Do you ever get bored with wearing solid colors that fit close to the body? I can’t pull off that look. Please share some tips for wearing layers in summer. I have too much to hide to dress in skimpy or fitted clothes. Thank you for your blog and your great suggestions! Respectfully, Ellen” Thank you for your email, Ellen. I will share my best tips for wearing layers.
I’ve worn this combination even in L.A. when it was one hundred and five degrees, but we all know that it is less uncomfortable than ninety degrees in Florida. The humidity makes it difficult to dress in anything but light-colored linen pieces. The trick with wearing layers well is to get the proportion right for your body shape.
Add a belt to locate a waistline visually. If you have short legs like me, you will need to wear heels or platform shoes to add some length. The top layers should not be all the same length. Uneven hemlines are a plus because they confuse the eye. A straight hemline can bring all the focus to wide hips. Vertical layering is when different layers are visible under the longer outer layer left open in front. Horizontal layering is when longer layers peek out from under a shorter top layer.
When you wear a print, keep the other colors in your look neutral and solid. Resist the temptation to pick one of the colors to repeat in your jewelry, which creates a visual overload. Let the print be the star of the show.
Choose layers that are tissue-thin and lightweight so that you can combine them with ease, even in summer. I am wearing a large size top, and the vest is one size. I added grand scale simple earrings in silver only since the vivid colors in the vest are the center of attention. The earrings and low slung belt are a few years old from Chico’s. The pants are by Eric from Stein Mart. The shoes are from Macy’s a few years ago. The bag is also an oldy but a goody from Express. The sunglasses are by Tory Burch from last year.
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