Friday, January 13, 2012

Studio 5 Segment: How to Layer

Here are my Studio 5 Segments from today on layering: Part One and Part Two. I have to give a huge thanks to my fabulous models. I also included all of the sources for the items below, I know some of you have been asking (although some of the items are no longer available online because I got them on sale). I've also had some requests on what I wore, you can see that info below as well.

How to Layer Like a Pro

Layering is not only a way of adding warmth during these colder months, but also a way to add style to a look by adding in more color and texture. To create fresh and new looks, locate overlooked or underused articles of clothing and use those pieces to help build new outfits.

Mix Textures and Patterns
Don’t be afraid to mix and match different textures and patterns to create a fresh and newly layered look. For example, a lightweight dress paired with a chunky sweater and tights instantly takes a dress from summer to winter. The key to combining pieces such as these is to find a common element such as color that will tie all the pieces together.
Dress Anthropologie (similar style)
Polka Dot Clutch Anthropologie (similar)
postert scarf in camel Aldo Shoes
melodious cardigan Anthropologie
Belt Anthropologie (similar)
Frye Jane 14 Boots Zappos

Create a Balance
If you choose to wear several layers on top, think about keeping the bottom more simple and streamlined with a skinny or straight leg pant and vice versa. Too many layers overall can be too much and look messy. Also, consider proportion and where the layers fall on your body. If you are taller you can get away with longer lengths, if you are shorter consider selecting items that are shorter and more proportionate to your body size.
boucle knit-trim vest Gap
striped button boatneck tee Gap
scarf JCrew
belt Nordstrom (similar)
Always Skinny Jeans Gap
Report inaba bow flat Zappos
freja envelope clutch Banana Republic

Select Well Fitting Pieces with a Nice Silhouette
One of the most common problems seen with layering is losing one’s shape and getting lost in the layers. To avoid this problem, try to select pieces with a nice silhouette. If you want to minimize a certain area of the body adding lots of layers to that area is not your best choice because it will only accentuate that area. Instead, try wearing a fitted, not tight, piece of clothing in those areas. Don’t forget to look in the mirror, front and back.
glasbury pencil skirt Anthropologie
utility pocket chambray shirt Old Navy
orchard house cardigan Anthropologie 
cascade necklace Urban Outfitters
miz mooz emory pumps Nordstrom

Use Accessories to Layer
Think beyond the clothes and try adding layers with accessories. By using accessories, you will minimize some of the bulk that comes from layering clothing and will achieve a more streamlined, clean and sophisticated look. Use dark colors to your advantage to minimize and consider adding layers to that base. Remember to layer light to chunky, and always consider your focal point, whether it be a chunky necklace, scarf, belt or boots.
knit turtleneck Gap
pixie pant JCrew
hinge belted faux fur vest Nordstrom
knit beret hat Nordstrom (similar)
Sorel tofino boots Free People
gold necklace Bauble Bar - for a chance to win this piece, see giveaway

My look:
The pants I wore were from Anthropologie, the cardigan is from Forever 21 and can be found here, and the shoes are from Target and can be found here.

Boot Cuffs/Leg Warmers Karma Boutique and Burlington Coat Factory

Dickeys Cece Toppings

Peter Pan Collar Trapeze Shirt Nordstrom 



I look forward to each new segment...loving the tips and styles!

Jess said...

Seriously LOVED it all! I am still in love with your adorable pants!

Whitney said...

You're so darling and a total natural!

jessica said...

so...just skyped with my husband, greg, who is in dubai with your husband and was told to look you up since we are both bloggers. i met your husband in london and he was so nice. hope you guys are surviving the program!! good luck from a fellow grad students wife!

Annabel said...

So great Ali, I loved watching the video and will keep an eye out for more!