Fashion Fix: The Layering Guide
It’s cold weather season, so we’re all bundling up to keep us warm. Here are some tips and tricks to ensure you’re feeling AND looking good.
I am actually a big fan of mixing patterns. The key is to balance the size of them. If you’re wearing a skirt with a large floral print, pair it with a top with thin horizontal stripes or tiny polka dots. My general rule is to either pair one large and one small print, or two medium prints together. I also like mixing things that have different lines and seams to then. You can see I’m wearing a plaid shirt, and my sweater has this cool geometric color blocking. When in doubt, try it on. If you feel comfortable, out the door you go!
My philosophy is to only wear one collar at a time. If you wear a button shirt with a collar, wear a sweater or jacket without one. (Unless your jacket is a coat which covers everything when you’re going from point A to point B.) If you wear a jacket/blazer with a collar, wear a blouse without one.
I love a good scarf, especially an infinity one you can wrap around two or three times. I really recommend those if you commute by public transport or even if you just walk across campus. They keep your neck toasty, and they’ll never get caught in a door you’re rushing through. Try ones in a chunky knit or even a faux fur for a more luxe look. If you’d rather have a traditional fringed scarf, I recommend folding it so the ends line up, looking it around your neck and pulling the ends through the look. It will keep you extra warm, and the ends won’t get caught in your bag. If your scarf is extra long or wide like mine below, center the middle of the scarf in front of your neck and loop each side around the back. it will shorten the scarf, but the bulk is layered on to keep your neck and shoulders warm.
I love playing with textures, especially in winter. You can wear a chunky knit cardigan with a flowy dress you bought over the summer. Wear a leather jacket with suede boots. Try a tweed blazer with a cotton skirt. Textures are pretty easy and as long as they feel good and the colors are complementary, it’s hard to mess up. I mixed the knit of my scarf with the faux fur on my hood. The colors are similar and complement the green of my jacket, but they both serve a purpose in keeping me warm on a very cold day (like this one was!).