A perfectly layered look might be the mind f*ck of the century. Intended to look totally effortless, but requiring way more thought than one might think, it's a fine balance between silhouettes, hemlines, textures and colors. Done right, a well-layered look can make your basics look brilliant, breathe new life into seasonal staples, and make you look like you 'woke up like this' when you in fact, did not. Our formula for getting it right every time? We thought you'd never ask.
Start With Something Patterned
Picking one killer printed piece helps set the tone for the whole look. This Fortune Teller Halter Dress
by The Jetset Diaries does just that, with lace up detailing and a trippy paisley print. An overly layered look can start to feel frumpy fast, which is why we're such big fans of the plunging V-neckline, especially when paired with a suede wrap choker
. When an impromptu dance party presents itself (aka time to shed those layers), you'll be so glad you've got this on underneath.
Next Up: Something Neutral
We like keeping one layer as simple as possible, as to avoid running the risk of looking completely insane (think Mary-Kate
circa 2005--yikes). This Free People Buttondown
in dark wash denim makes for the perfect middle layer. Nothing makes us wonder "WTF were we thinking?" more than wearing something paper-thin under a heavy jacket. You'll either be freezing your ass off, or sweating your ass off, neither of which make for a good look.
Finish It Up With Luxe Details
Topping it all of with something luxurious (in this case, buttery soft lamb leather) makes a layered up look feel expertly curated. More like you chose each piece on purpose, and less like you threw on everything in your closet and crossed your fingers for a sartorial success. Just consider this Cleobella Everly Fringe Jacket
, with cropped sleeves, expert tailoring, and insanely good fringe detailing, the icing on the cake.