Today I’m with Lucy once again in my closet as we discuss a subject I get asked about often… The art of layering. Layering is probably my favourite type of dressing and women who largely wear dresses probably don't layer that much. But so many women ask me, “can I layer if I’m 5”2?”, “Can I layer if I’ve got big boobs?”. Let’s discuss...
I always felt that I didn’t have boobs and that I felt cold so it was the combination of these two things that made me layer and layer. I also always like to have an outfit on me that can take me to different events so I have learned to obsess over and truly love the process of layering.
Gilets are so important for me when it comes to layering. Lucy raised a very good point here. Often I’m wearing three or four items of clothing at once, and Lucy said that if she put on that many layers, she would feel as if she were bulking. The key here is to opt for thin layers; look for thinner fabrics that won’t add weight, the thickness is so important.
When it comes to good examples, Japanese designers are phenomenally good at layering. There’s Comme Des Garcons and Yohji Yamamoto, both labels who know how to proportion play. British people are scheduled to add volume on top or bottom and not both, but these designers have grown up in a world without such strict rules and so they really appreciate the volume. Inevitably, it involves a lot of black or dark colours. So adding colour means adding another level, which is easy to do if you think tonally (in shades of the same family).
Much of layering is about the length of things and where you get them to end. To me, if you do a trouser under dress moment, an ankle gap is perfect, just about three inches or slightly more.
Sometimes layering can be the smallest detail, like just a sleeve cuff poking out or an interesting collar. But remember ladies, layering is open to everyone… It takes more time to layer, you have to think of your wardrobe, which colours go together, but once you’ve started, you won’t want to stop.