I love the new layered looks that are so popular now, but I don’t know how to wear them without looking like a bag lady who is wearing every stitch of clothing she owns. I have tried to duplicate what I see in magazines and catalogs, and it just doesn’t work. I am in my 40’s, so don’t want to look like a teenager. Any suggestions?
The trend of unexpected layers is something that we’ve seen in fashion for quite some time now. Recently, that trend has made en entrance here in the Midwest – and we’re seeing interesting combinations in our area.
On the top – it seems easy to create a layered look that is functional yet non-bulk-creating. Try one of these:
LOOK IDEA 1
• Crew neck tissue tee
• V-neck sleeveless sweater
• Belt over the sweater
• Smartly tailored jacket
• Either a scarf (worn as an accessory – loosely tied at the neck) or, a shawl. If you opt for the shawl, consider belting it rather than allowing the piece to drape.
LOOK IDEA 2• Cami or tank
• Trapeze, empire, or other flowing tunic-length top
• Ballet inspired wrap sweater
• Chain necklaces in varying lengths
LOOK IDEA 3
• Cami, tank or tissue tee
• Tunic length button front top
• V-neck sweater vest
• Interesting embellished belt to bring in all the colors of your sweater and button-front top
• Bring back the idea of the scarf or wrap to finish this look
Some ideas for complete looks that are grown-up yet trendy are:
• Footless tights under knee-length skirts with cute flats
• Stovepipe jeans under skirts is a very cute trend that we’re seeing all over the streets of LA, Chicago and New York. The key to being able to carry off this trend if 2-fold: age and height. If you’re over 30ish, you might want to pass on this – or, if you are petite.
• Stove pipe jeans are not for only those among us who have a rectangle body. Try pairing your straight leg jeans with longer tunic length sweaters, belted (so you don’t lose your hourglass shape), be sure to wear a heeled shoe (that will help balance volume).