How To Layer Clothes the Right Way: 7 Tips To Save Time and Hassle

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Do you want to know the basic rule of layering without seeming bulky? Then you’ve come to the correct place!

Just because you have to layer your clothes modestly doesn’t mean you can’t do so stylishly. Rather, layering your outfit correctly can provide depth, texture, uniqueness, and aesthetic appeal to an otherwise boring outfit.

It may take some time and effort to master the art of layering your clothes. However, with the basic layering rules, you can experiment with numerous styles and looks and be ready to slay at any event.

In this article, we will go over some essential layering ideas that you can try in any season or occasion.

How To Layer Clothes the Right Way: 7 Tips To Save Time and Hassle

Layering is more than just a way to stay warm, though it is. However, you can use it to make a fashion statement. The variety of color choices and textures that come with layering can help you express your individuality and personal style.

Needless to say, it can be tricky since it might add unnecessary bulk to your outfit. So, if you don’t know where to start, here are seven easy layering rules to follow.

1. Always Start Layering From Thin to Thick

In general, always wear thinner layers closer to your body and heavier fabrics farther off. You can begin with a lightweight, moisture-wicking underlayer top, then layer on your favorite shirt dress.

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Next, a lightweight sweater or cardigan that is loose enough is the perfect middle layer to slide over your dress. Finally, there is the outermost layer, which might be a wool overcoat or a trench coat.

They should be long enough to cover all of the layers beneath them while still being flexible. This layering technique can be quite useful during the winter season.

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Although you can also think about the pieces that will be visible when you layer in seasons other than winter. Each element should be able to function as an outfit on its own. When transitioning from frigid to warm situations, you don’t want to compromise your outfit by removing or adding layers.

2. Not More Than Three Visible Layers

You know how they say that having too much of anything is bad? Layering is one example of this. The fact is that too many layers in a single outfit are unnecessary. If you have more than one chunky item in your outfit, you’re already in an unflattering zone.

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The idea is to wear most of the lightweight practical layers and integrate them into one large garment that does not restrict your movement or comfort.

So, three is sort of the magic number for the proper amount of layering. Anything more than that is typically excessive and might result in a bulky, overstuffed look.

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Once you’ve put your outfit together, you can wander around a little as a test run. If you can’t totally flatten your arms or fold them in front of you, you’re definitely wearing too many layers. 

Then, as needed, shed the layers, and once you’ve found your perfect balance, you’ll be ready for whatever the day has in store for you.

3. Choose the Right Fabric

Layering different fabric textures is a great way to spice up your look. Starting with the inner layers, pick fabrics that wick moisture away and are light and breathable. Even though they aren’t visible to others, they can prevent your pricey garment from getting ruined when you sweat.

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You can also choose from any fabric textures available such as denim, silk, leather, and suedes since they work well with various textures and elicit different vibes. Silk, for example, adds a rich touch to every outfit.

A checkered flannel shirt, on the other hand, might seem cozy with corduroy, but it gets more serious when combined with a black leather jacket.

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Denim, on either, has a casual texture that may be used to tone down other fabrics. So, based on your personal style, select the right fabric and have fun layering.

4. Be Careful With Proportion

When it comes to layering, proportion is important. Layering your dress with a cropped jacket or cardigan is perfect for elongating your body. This approach not only creates form by creating interest in your waist, but it also tends to give the illusion that you’re taller.

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Another way to seem less lumpy in big cardigans is to wear them with a slimmer bottom underneath. This is especially useful if you have an hourglass body.

Similarly, just as larger tops demand thinner bottoms, the reverse is true. To seem proportional, wide-leg pants and voluminous skirts require more form-fitting tops to avoid looking swamped by layers of fabric.

5. Choose Versatile Layering Piece

When it comes to the most versatile layering clothes, make sure you have a well-fitting shirt, a classic jacket, cardigans, trench coat, and a toasty scarf in your collection. These things will allow you to create a variety of outfits while being comfortable and easy to wear!

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 A denim shirt works perfectly as a layering piece because of its lightweight nature and ability to look excellent beneath tops or even as an outer layer over T-shirts for off-duty vibes. It serves as a great visual highlight for your outfit and can be worn on its own without the need for extra layers.

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Another easy layering piece is the unstructured blazer, which, due to its lack of solid structure, is ideal for heaping on the extras. We’re spoiled by the fact that the inside has enough area for layering anything from a T-shirt and sweatshirt to a shirt.

6. Limit Outfit to One or Two Color at Most

When layering, it’s easy to get carried away, but it’s important to remember not to go overboard with too many colors. Because wearing too many bright colors can make you seem more clownish than elegant.

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The finest results are achieved when you limit your outfit to one or two color families, even down to the accessories. Always choose a lighter color as your basis. This allows you to mix darker and more vibrant colors into the remaining of your outfit.

If you like to keep your attire simple in tone, use neutrals as your base since they are great for creating a harmonious layering style. You can mix in a variety of materials to keep things interesting.

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The key is to emphasize your neutral or mild tones with one or two brighter colors to provide dimension to your overall outfit

7. Experiment With Patterns and Prints

Playing with prints while layering can elevate your style to the next level, but only if you know what you’re doing. Layering with more than two patterns, on the other hand, is risky.

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Your attire can become visually cluttered, making it difficult for others to focus on a single element of your outfit. When layering prints, you can always start with something subtle and work your way up to something bolder.

If one design is loud, the following one should be more muted. Similarly, matching patterns with a single, solid color can make the overall effect simpler to carry off.

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You can layer a printed top or long sleeve under something more neutral. The outer layer will cover the majority of the print, allowing you to explore to your heart’s content. 

If you want to be a bit braver, consider blending classic prints like stripes with spots or florals while wearing the outer layer.

Wrapping Up: How to Layer Clothes the Right Way

That’s it! Now that you know how to layer clothes, you may try out different looks to see what works best for you. Follow these basic layering tips this season to enhance comfort, warmth, and elegance. You can always start with easy and work your way up to experimenting with other styles.

Have fun layering and let us know how you layer your outfits in the comments.

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Swaliha Baza, born and raised in Mumbai, India writes fashion-related blogs focusing on modest fashion. She provides readers with a wide selection of modest clothing ideas, outfit inspiration, and styling guides in order to assist them in finding the right modest style for themselves.

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