The genius of a capsule wardrobe is the ability to create lots of different outfits from just a few pieces. And the way you do that is often through layering.
The more creative you get with your layers, the more variation you can get with your outfits. Especially at the end of a cold weather season that seems to last forever, outfit variation can save you from style boredom.
How to master layering for more creative outfits
If your layering technique previously stopped at “sweater over shirt” or “long shirt over short,” try these tips for mixing it up.
- Long under short. One of the easiest ways to vary your layers is by length. Wear a longer shirt under a shorter top layer so the hem shows through, especially effective if the under layer is a fun or contrasting color. (By the way, this can create the visual effect of shortening the body, especially the legs. If it doesn’t work for you, try the next tip.)
- Short under long. Flip it, then reverse it. Like this.
- Heavy over light. Variation in length is just one way to layer. Another is variation in weight. This works especially well to let you incorporate warm weather clothes into your cold weather wardrobe. (Another boredom buster.) Light over heavy is a little trickier to pull off, but it can be done: try a lightweight button down shirt worn open over a turtleneck sweater, for example.
- The rule of 3. Mastered the art of 2 layers? Go to layering graduate school with the rule of 3. Once you get the knack, you can layer just about anything: like short and thicker knit over long and lighter weight over turtleneck.
Aside from its creativity, layering is just downright practical. Getting more wear from fewer things works on a big scale (letting you trim down your wardrobe and gain more closet space) and a small one (packing is easier the less you need to bring).
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