How To: Layering

I’ve spent the past week in the Arizona desert on a fabulous photo shoot, and though every morning I promptly grabbed my pea coat, by noon I was sweating. Even if you haven’t been in the middle of the desert surrounded by cacti and dirt with the sun beating down on you, I am sure that you have probably noticed that our “winter” has turned into something that looks or rather feels more like springtime. So what are we to do with all of those longed sleeves tops and sweaters we just bought? Well ladies, it is time to get creative and start layering.


This layered look via Kendi Everyday is perfect for a day chalked full with errands or a day of classes for those of us working toward a degree. Layering three long sleeved pieces will keep you warm in the cooler mornings and when you feel a bit warm you can loose the top two layers and roll up your sleeves.

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We’ve all done the short sleeve over the long sleeve, but for warm weather I propose the opposite. Grab your favorite lightweight cotton tee (not a cami) in a fun color and layer it under a sweater with a boat neckline. This was my go-to look each day of the shoot.


Have an oversized sweater? Pop a tank top underneath and when the sun is too much to bear you can simply remove your outer shell for a much cooler alternative. This looks best with a fairly long tank and tights or skinnies.


Once you have found the items that you want to layer remember these tips and tricks to layering:

1. Mix prints like polka dots and stripes as well as textures
2. Be sure to have a pop or two of color to mix things up
3. Denim is your friend, add a denim jacket, vest, or button-up
4. Swap the statement necklace for a statement scarf
5. Mix lengths… Think cropped jacket with a maxi skirt
6. Layer socks over tights or leggings for a layered bottom half
7. Don’t go overboard, choose just three or four pieces overall or you’ll have no room for your extra pieces if and when you decide to shed a few
8. Build from lightest to heaviest/thickest

What is your favorite layered look? Do you have any layering tips and tricks of your own? We would love to hear them!

By Kristianne Young

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