Photography by: Anna Reagan Photography
Summer is quickly coming to a close, but if you live in a hotter climate as I do, then you know that your summer is an extended one. While everyone may be preparing to pull out their booties, trench coats and light sweaters, we’ll still be in tank tops and shorts. One of the things that I like to do in the pre-transition of summer to fall to kind of introduce a slight fall-ish vibe, is to lightly layer garments. But before we get into this weeks story, if you haven’t had a chance to catch last weeks installment, you can get into this read here. It’s all about owning your style, tips on how to do the same and giving you a synopsis of my personal style defined.
Layering for the summertime? Are you kidding me? The question that you may have at the tip of your tongues is why in the world would you want to layer when the heat is hitting record heights and you literally just want to walk around with as little clothes on as possible. One word, STYLE! The way in which you layer is what’s going to be key when accomplishing the perfect summertime layering technique. I started with this old tank dress that I purchased from Zara a year or two ago. I featured it on the blog already, so if you want to see how else I styled it, you can take a look here.
I don’t own a cream tank, so one of the tricks that I like to do is to layer skirts or pants on top of dresses when I don’t have the specific top that I want for a look. This way, I get the most wear out of the pieces in my wardrobe. In this case, this dress served two style purposes: One as a top and two as a bottom layer. The fringe at the bottom of the dress was the major selling piece when I first purchased it, so instead of trying to cover it or hide it, I used it as an extra layer under this light, pleated, vintage skirt. The dress has a split in the design where the fringe is separated, so to show off a little leg and to expose more of the fringe, I took the bottom of the skirt and tucked it into the band. This gave the look added volume and interest. It created an almost gathered or cascading feature that I really loved.
To accessorize, I decided to go with this ornate belt that I picked up at a thrift store for $5. It kinda has an old western vibe with the large etched buckle, but I think that it really took the entire look up a notch. I kept in the theme of metallics and decided to go bold on the ears with a pair of chunky gold hoops and rounded the look off with my simple gold heels. See, summertime layering can be achievable. Light layers are key and the way in which you layer is going to play a major roll in the success of your layered look. If you tend to sweat a lot or you get a little overheated fast, I would go for something like I have depicted here. If you want to try a top layer, styling a dress with a sleeveless button-down top that you can tie in the front will give the look an effortless vibe.
Another option is to tie a layer around your waist as I did in this previous post. Just remember to keep your layers light and stylish. Tell me what you think about the summertime layering. Have you tried it or would you consider restyling one of your already worn garments by incorporating a layer? Let me know in the comments below. If you’re reading this then that means you kinds like the content that I produce, so be sure to never miss a beat by subscribing to join the Guiltless Gang! If you want to keep up with me daily, then social media is where I hang. You can follow me on my social media channels below. If you wish to have a more personalized approach to styling layers, visit my Wardrobe Services and pick your package! Until next time, Grab your Garb!
Style Tip of the day
A little creativity and imagination may be needed to pull some styling ideas together to nail your own perfect layering technique. Don’t be afraid to just play dress up in your closet. Have fun and try everything. Even if you think that it could possibly look crazy, you may surprise yourself.
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Dress: Zara / Skirt: Vintage / Belt: Family Thrift / Earrings: Target / Heels: Kosmios