When fall arrives, do you find yourself piling on the tanks, sweaters, scarves, faux fur vests, fitted jackets and yet it doesn’t feel as good as it looks in magazines and window displays? Whenever I’m officially ‘mutli-layered,’ I feel at lot more like that classic ‘Tommy Boy’ “Fat Guy in a Little Coat” scene starring the late Chris Farley rather than a hopeful fall fashionista.
I have a few tips to fight the bulky feeling this fall while still staying warm on crisp autumn days, plus some simple tricks starting with red lipstick to spice up a casual preppy sweater on my sister below…
My sister, Jody, in Clinton Park NYC during NYFW
Ladybug Lips & Layering Tips ~ The easiest way to spice up a casual ensemble is to add your own flare (aka accessories) and a bold lipstick. Stacking necklaces, bracelets and rings has never been more in style and BINGO, it counts as layering a basic outfit. With dark shades on trend this fall, dress up a sweater and jeans with a signature red lip like this shade ‘Ladybug’ by MAC
Slimfit Sidenote ~ If you’re wearing a loose fitted blouse and sweater, wear a slimfit denim. One misconception is that layering baggy clothes head to toe will make you feel smaller. It’s all about wearing what’s comfotable, while still showcasing your assets. Fitted leather jackets, belts, or a sweater dresses over leather leggings will all work as layering pieces this fall.
Mix & Match Clothing, but Aim to Keep the Hardware Consistent ~ While it’s definitely okay to mix silver and gold jewelry while layering, I always try to keep the ‘hardware’ like the details on the clutch, buttons, shoes, watch, glasses, ring all one color like in this case gold.)
Year-Round Denim VS. Seasonal Jeans? Denim you can wear season after season is rare, right? Longlasting denim should be in a wash that is a med-darker shade rather than a trendy color. The most important ‘transitional’ aspect is that you can wear them with heels, cuffed with flats or the real test, can the jeans fit with a pair of over-the-knee boots? These are my favorite pair of jeans this year c/o Lotus Premium Denim and they are slim enough to wear under boots.
Style Guessing Game ~ Is this two seperate shirts or just one? If you have ever tried to pull on a slim fit sweater over a collared shirt, it can be bulky, bunchy and feel unflattering. Normally tops that are connected tend to look cheesy, but I truly couldn’t tell this was just one shirt with the collared detail & cuffs built in. This little pup, Brody, we met on the street didn’t seem to mind the faux layering effect either.
DETAILS by Dale
Sweater (shirt connected) ~ F21 recent, jeans c/o ~ Lotus Premium Denim (Vintage Blue), watch ~ Michael Kors, clutch ~ Marc Jacobs, necklace & ring ~ F21, shades ~ random
Do you love layering in the Fall & Winter and if you have any of your own ‘bundling up without the bulk’ tips, please share!
Coming Friday ~ What to Wear on a Casual Weekend Date (Hint: It Involves Camo)