After a full week of rain and bed weather (it was torture getting up!), we definitely maxed out on our jackets and rainy-days clothes. Unfortunately, it’s officially the start of typhoon season, and dressing for erratic weather is a necessary evil.
A fool-proof way is layering—having the right pieces and knowing how to layer them so they complement your body is not entirely difficult. Here are some tips on getting clothes layering right:
Fortunately for us, our layering only requires two or, at the most, three pieces. We only deal with rain and the occasional chilly weather—not snow and ice. Some of the usual-suspect pieces:
• Any top—a shirt, blouse, button-down
• Soft cardigan
• Sweatshirt or pullover
• Always start with a lightweight top. Our weather can get erratic so you don’t want to be stuck with a heavy, sweat-inducing top when the weather suddenly reverts to our usual humid one.
• Keep the first layer more fitted to the body to avoid bulking up, especially with the next layers.
• I have a personal rule about layering: I make sure the clothes are not of the same fabric. It makes the look more interesting (it also makes you look less bulky). I follow the hard-and-soft rule: a soft first layer (satin/sheer/light cotton/etc.) with a hard outer layer (knit/wool/denim/leather/twill/etc.).
• Mind your colors. Neutrals are always safe because the layers appear more seamless. Of course, if you love colors, covering up with a bright cardi, adding a colorful scarf, or dazzling with a punchy bottom is not a problem too.
• Pay attention on proportions. Most of the volume will go on top, so go for slim-cut or fitted bottoms. Lengths should vary too to create more visual interest.
• Don’t be afraid to add a hint of “sunshine” by way of unexpected pieces, like a sequined vest (seen below) or a pop of color.
• Last but not the least: this is not necessarily a layering rule, but do wear practical footwear when you can.
Main image: Fashion Squad
What are your layering tips? Share in the Comments!