How to dress in layers — and look skinny doing it
By Brittany Anas
The United States got all four seasons over the weekend. A heat wave in the Midwest. Snow in the Rocky Mountains. Oh, hey, look, it was fall in New York.
It’s layering season, friends. A well planned-out outfit will take you through the typical fall day — which we all know is anything but typical, but usually chilly at night and requiring extra clothes. While layering might look good in magazines and on Pinterest, pulling it off without looking “bulky” in real life is a magic trick of its own.
We’re shopping layered looks at Old Navy and revealing some tricks and tips for dressing in layers — and doing so in a way that flatters your shape. Save money on your purchases at Old Navy with 4 percent Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com on top of sales.
Here are 5 tricks to help you layer like a pro:
- Belt it up: If you’re wearing a shift dress or shirt dress, pair it with a cardigan or light jacket. To avoid looking too boxy and to define your waist, give a skinny belt a try. Use one to pop a little bit of an unexpected color or pattern into your outfit. Snakeskin with jewel tones? Yes, please.
- Mix materials and fits: Want to wear a puffer vest but not look puffy? Try pairing it with tighter fits — whether it’s skinny jeans or with a slim-fitting sweater underneath. For a chic layered look, mix the materials in your outfit. Here’s how Old Navy styled its “Quilted Puffa Vest.”
- Tucking-in tricks: If you’re leaving a cardigan or jacket open, try loosely tucking in the shirt that you’re wearing underneath it. The dimension creates a nice balance.
- Vary the lengths: If you’re wearing a longer, looser-fitting blouse, try wearing a denim jacket that hits at the hip and is more tailored. Likewise, if you’ve got a more form-fitting shirt, pair it with a looser sweater or jacket that has a longer length.
- Triple threat: The collared-shirt/sweater/denim jacket look is definitely a tough one to pull off. Instead, try adding dimension to two layers by adding a scarf. The scarf will let you loop in a new pattern or color without the added bulk. Here’s a good example from Old Navy.
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