Without further a-do, your winter’s hottest trend must always ALWAYS contain layers. There are two great reasons for this:
- They keep you warm outside or if removed allow you to cool off when indoors.
- They provide visual interest.
First things first, practical winter dressing should start with well fitting underwear. For ladies this means check out your nearest Nordstrom, For Love and Lemons, or other lingerie stores for a proper bra fitting. The key to a very fashionable woman is comfort, so have a comfy supportive brassier and maybe matching undies. Why not?!
For men, always without exception have a crew neck, v-neck or muscle tee undershirt and well fitting briefs/boxers. No reason to assume that undergarments are “optional” for men. It’s poor manners to see a chest full of hair under your chic dress shirt. Second, since you are layering, every foundation piece, be it a button down or silk blouse should be tailored. For that matter, every piece of your wardrobe should be custom fit if it’s not skimming your body perfectly. Most people don’t fit off the rack so get to know (and love) your local dry cleaner because they most likely offer simple tailoring for a minimal fee.
For day-time, a man in a nice looking modern t-shirt and trim blazer or button down shirt with a bomber jacket always scores high. For women, a dress or blouse with slacks pairs well with a cardigan (short or long), blazer or interesting light jacket. Ladies, layer dresses with something under it or over it. Yes, you read this correctly. You can wear a button down shirt, turtleneck or long sleeved shirt under a dress. You can also wear bonafide jeans or thick leggings under your dress. Obviously, you can add something over it, but remember that you can treat a dress like a skirt, in the sense that, you can top a dress with a chunky sweater and never see the top half. Now all your dresses can be worn a different way. Throw on a pair of tights and boots and completely transform your summer dress to fall. Easy. Pumps and strappy sandals can be worn with thickset socks for tights. The juxtapose of feminine shoes with nubby or textured hosiery is fun and modern. For men and women, switching out a blazer or cardigan for an updated chic leather jacket for evening conveys “I’m know what I’m doing here” and provides warmth!
Second, and most importantly, layers in winter provide texture. It’s a winter feast for the eyes, if you will. Simply said, the more pieces you wear, the more interesting you will look. Layers in summer are a tough sell, but not fall and winter. They are magic! Most people wear 2 pieces; a top (1st piece) and a bottom (2nd piece). .. and they throw on a coat when temps drop. But, your outfit can be soooooo much more interesting if you consider a 3rd, 4th or 5th piece. These additional pieces for men could be: a tie, vest, bomber, scarf, hat. For women: the gain of a necklace, scarf, vest (long or short), hat, bag with a funky strap or a thin jacket add volumes of personality and substance. Adding a 3rd, 4th or 5th piece conveys to others more of your inner discussion versus the standard ‘ole blue button down and khakis or office suit jacket and skirt. For evening, layers that contain sparkle or shine says “after hours”. Don’t be shy about adding shoes, or bag that have a shiny surface (patent leather, leather) or a scarf, jewelry or sweater with flecks of tinsel or gems and know that dark colors also work well after dark. In other words, consider the night sky when you’re getting ready past five o’clock: black or navy blue sky and twinkling brilliant stars.