3 Tips for Layering

It’s that time of year when South Carolina hits all four seasons in a day. Freezing in the morning and 80 degrees by noon so dressing for the weather takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to layering. I’ve found that with my petite frame that sometimes too many layers overwhelms me and makes me look a bit like Randy from a Christmas Story so here are my favorite three tips for layering to keep you from looking bulky and staying comfortable!

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1 | Start with the basics

When you’re adding clothes on top of each other, sometimes to much is going on so it’s best to start with your basics. Choose a lightweight top in a solid color, neutrals, or stripes. Depending on the weather, this could be long sleeve or short sleeved but you don’t want it to be too thick because you’re going to be adding to it. My current favorites are these soft tees that you can find here and here. They’re the perfect basic layer and come in all sorts of colors.

2 | Add a soft layer

The soft layer I use is usually a sweater or pullover in a soft textured fabric. By adding texture to your outfit, you elevate the basic level of your tee shirt and add an easy layer to add or take off throughout the day.

3 | Pick the right Jacket

This one is essential and possibly the hardest part of layering. Pick too big of a jacket and you look like you’ve been swallowed up by your puffer, pick too tight of one and you feel like you’ve lost all mobility in your arms. I like to opt for something with a little more structure to pull my look together so an army jacket or a blazer for the fall and a peacoat as it gets a little cooler.

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Pro Tips:

Stick to one bulky item when playing with texture so you don’t end up like a marshmallow

If you’re adding a scarf, don’t be afraid to play with patterns a little bit. This is a great way to accessorize.

If your arms always feel like you’re restricted, try using a vest instead of the soft layer so you can stay warm but have more mobility!

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