I might just be the queen of layering. I wear layers upon layers on a daily basis and have been doing so for as long as I can remember. This might sound a little dramatic, but I don’t even feel like myself if I’m wearing an outfit that isn’t layered in some way. It makes so much sense that I would end up at Free People — you all know how much we love constructing layered outfits over here!
Layering is an awesome way to build an outfit. It adds so much interest, shape, and dimension. It’s a way to create a beautiful look out of pieces that all work together to achieve the desired effect. And it’s fun. Putting a layered outfit together is honestly like creating a work of art. Sometimes you don’t know how it’ll turn out until all the elements come together, but when they do come together, it feels like such an accomplishment. While there is no “right” way to layer, my personal layered outfits are usually all constructed in a similar way. Here are the steps I take to create the ultimate layered outfit.
I usually start with a slim tank and biker shorts or a mini skirt like this Mini Slip. The bottoms don’t necessarily have to show once your outfit is completed — they’re there to assure coverage if you’re going to wear a short skirt or dress.
Thigh highs are not at all necessary to create a layered outfit, but they add to the interest and texture of the look as a whole — plus I just love them.
Next I top my tight skirt with a lighter and flowy skirt like the Penelope Slip. This will most likely be your longest layer (unless your bottom layer peeks out from underneath). I’m known to be one of the girliest of girly girls, so you can expect to see even more ruffles and lace as this outfit is constructed. This is totally a matter of personal preference. If lace ain’t your thing, you can absolutely leave it out!
Now I like to add a slip like the Drop Waist Slip. I always keep in mind that I’m going for a truly layered look, so I make sure the slip is shorter than the skirt beneath it. A general rule in layering an outfit like this one is to make each layer slightly shorter than the one beneath it.
Now it’s time for the top. I usually choose a loose-fitting top that fans out at the bottom. Here I’m wearing the Pintuck Bubble Sleeve Tunic, but I also love the Phoenix Sweater Tunic or Trailing Stars Flounce Tunic.
If it’s chilly, I’ll add a jacket. Choose a flowy jacket to maximize the layered feeling of the outfit. Right now I’m in love with the X Marks Fur Coat, which I’m wearing above.
I like to add a cozy scarf as the top layer. I’m especially fond of the Raggy Fringe Scarf (although I’m not wearing it in this photo). Wrap it around a couple of times to add more layers!
I always finish off the look with a great pair of ankle boots. Here I’m wearing the Youngers Boots, which I love so much. I love that ankle boots + thigh highs + bare legs together create 3 layers on their own!
And there you have it: 8 steps I use to create the ultimate layered outfit. What’s your favorite layering trick?
Photos by Julia.