They’d make you cry? No, they’d have layers! Grant it, the cold weather isn’t our favorite, but it inspires us to “layer up.” Not only does the act of layering result in fashionably functional outfits (more clothes equals, warmer), it can also add a touch of personality to your wardrobe and work to showcase or draw attention away from certain parts of your body! The best!
This is our friend, Jayna.
You’ve had the pleasure of making her acquaintance on our post “Clutch Moves” where she shared important information like the magical power of dryer sheets in getting rid of deodorant stains on your clothing. Honestly! It’s straight up magic! Jayna also lent us a hand in correcting our over-packing ways in “Packing with a Punch.” We’ve saved so much on baggage fees, thanks, girl!
We keep returning to the proverbial Jayna-well as this woman is a straight-up-bad-ass when it comes to wardrobe know-how. Accolades on her resume include working for Much Music and styling a wack of music videos and big time commercials. Cool, right?! For this post, Libertee and Jayna paired their wardrobes and expertise to bring you layered looks appropriate for brunch, work and drinks. The nine looks are focused on various ways to style these occasions with a base of: liquid leggings, a long A-line skirt and of course, jeans.
Before we delve into the details, we wanted to review some basic layering rules:
1. Balance: if you’re tight on the top, stay loose on the bottom and vice versa.
2. Keep layers light: layering heavy articles of clothing will add unnecessary and unwanted bulk to your body
3. Mix patterns and textures: we encourage you to push the envelope here. . .but don’t go crazy and lick the envelope with your tongue – that’s how you get spider eggs in your mouth. Gross.
4. Love the last layer: make sure you love the outfit without the layers on top; sweating ruins your make up and makes you smell. Tough to say which is worse.
5. Keep the jewellery simple: think accent pieces, not feature pieces.
Shaggin’ like Shrek:
Grant it. We’re not confident he wore pants, but points for alliteration, right? One of the most common questions we get in reference to the liquid legging is “Ok, but how do I actually wear these. . . like, actually?” The answer, as you may have guessed, is: balance. They’re called liquid leggings, for a reason – it looks like you got poured into them; this is another way of saying: they’re tight as eff. As you can see, we’ve kept all of the looks loose on top.
More than just being tight – liquid leggings are a unique texture and as such, naturally grant an opportunity to mix in a different texture to your outfit. For brunch, we’ve added a fur vest on top of an army coat (one of our favorites) a waffle sweater over a denim shirt for work, and a luxurious Lost in Layers kimono, by our ridiculously talented friend, Lindsay Sabean for cocktails.
Flirty like Fiona:
Ok, so she wore the same dress the whole time, but had she not been locked up in a tower protected by a fire breathing dragon, we’re confident she would have rocked this awesome A-Line look. First and foremost, it’s important to find an A-line skirt that sits on the top of your waist, essentially your smallest part. In line with a properly fitted A-Line, we’ve made sure to accentuate the waist on this look to compliment the fullness of the skirt. You’ll notice that we’re treating these jackets like blouses – in other words, you won’t take them off when you get inside. We love doing this as it essentially multiplies your wardrobe as well as adds an element of texture to the look at the same time. Double score!
Sexy like Donkey:
When he sings, and shit?! Anyone? Just us? Awkward. Ok, so our stance on Donkey might differ, but we have a sneaking suspicion you love denim just as much as we do. Our previous posts on both the skinny jean and the boyfriend jean talked about how to wear each of these items specific to your body type – you’re already educated! When it comes to layering denim, the same rules apply – balance and fun with textures. The skinny jeans are appropriately balanced by looser tops and we’ve added jackets to the look as a touch of function. We’ve made a point of accentuating the waist on the boyfriend jean, as the jeans tend be a looser fit; so smart! We need to conclude by saying how much we love the denim-on-denim-on-denim look; swoon! Grant it, the textures are the same, but the shades are different and oh-so-fabulous! You can do it, we swear!