A Lesson in Layering: How to Mix and Match Like a Pro


With cool mornings, warm afternoons, and in-between evenings, dressing for the entire day can be a bit tricky. But learn the fine art of layering, and you’ll be comfortable in any temperature (even the office’s arctic A/C). To avoid looking bulky, use these tips to mix and match pieces for the most flattering shape. Bonus: you’ll create new looks you never even knew you had hiding in your closet.

  1. Keep the underlayer (like a body-hugging tank or dress) fitted for the ideal outfit foundation.
  2. Throw something loose on top (think: a flowy tee, button-down chambray shirt, or both).
  3. Don’t let your shape get lost – add a belt to cinch your waist.
  4. Tie on a summer scarf to finish the look. It will come in handy for the breeziest times of day.

And remember these two things when picking your layering pieces:

  1. Be mindful of proportion and keep the bottom half of your outfit slim.
  2. Pair long pieces with short, and short with long. If everything is one length, no one will be able to see your mix-and-match genius.

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By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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