Layering is a big thing in the world of the fashion elite—and it also happens to be one of the hardest skills to master, especially during the hot summer months. From one perspective, layering is a great way to stay cool, because you can remove layers as you see fit—but if you do it the wrong way, it's not a great look and you'll end up sweltering.
To help us navigate the challenging world of summer layering, we recruited the help of a bona fide expert: our resident stylist Marissa Webb. Webb is very well-known in the fashion community for her top-notch layering skills, so she's the perfect person to tell us just how to do it.
"Layering isn’t as complicated as we often times think it is. There’s no real formula to it, or rules," Webb says. "You have to simply give it a try; but there are a few things to consider while styling with layers."
Keep scrolling to read her pro tips to layering like a true fashion girl!
Usually it’s easiest if you think of the lightest layer first, but I also like to do the reverse. Try a cropped top or tank over your tunic or sweater.
Opening Ceremony Cutout Asymmetrical Tank Top, Grey ($66)
Tibi Stripe Shirting Crop Top, Navy/Multi ($192)
Don’t put limitations on the items in your closet. A dress can easily convert to a top when styled with your favorite bottoms; a trench dress can easily morph into a lightweight jacket. Just like many things in life, our clothing has more to offer then we usually give it credit for.
Adam Lippes Double-breasted Crepe Mini Dress, White ($1450)
Equipment Slim Signature Washed-Silk Mini Dress, Black ($280)
Marc by Marc Jacobs Pleated Wool Mini Dress, Grey ($480)
Stella McCartney Asymmetric Ribbed Wool Dress ($1230)
One of my favorite and probably easiest tricks is to put items together of the same color for a saturated, monochrome look. For example, try a navy T-shirt with a navy blazer and a navy trench.
Antonio Berardi Open-Back Crepe de Chine Blouse, Cream ($1025)
Alexander Wang Crepe Wide Leg Pants, Cream ($795)
Marissa Webb Travis Double-Breasted Blazer ($725)
Tibi Satin Poplin Strapless Wrap Dress, Navy ($437)
Think in color. Even pattern-mixing becomes second nature if you start looking at color first; a black polka dot print pairs perfectly with black stripes, a red floral easily fits with a red geometric print. If you’re not a big fan of prints, try solid colors in varying shades.
Martin Grant Wide Leg Polka Dot Trousers ($1032)
Think proportion: if you’re wearing something skinny on the bottom, layer up easy on the top. If you're slouchy on the bottom, layer up with slim shapes on the top.
Banana Republic Drapey Tie-Front Pant, Sidewalk Grey ($89)
C/Meo Collective Lady Killer Culottes, Ivory ($130)
Do you like to layer in the summer? Tell us in the comments below!