"Layer it on" is the theme this month. Layering is a necessary activity for any modern, modest woman. A good layering piece is a wardrobe keystone that provides the ability to transform your outfit for any occasion or season. The concept of layering may not be new, but the following fresh looks from some of our favorite designers are. The likes of Cynthia Vincent and Current Elliot found at our favorite celeb retailer, Singer22, provide ample coverage while accenting the most basic of wardrobes.
Consider the Cardigan
Today’s button front sweater known as the cardigan comes from the 7th Earl of Cardigan’s stylish reputation. Little did he know that his favorite “sweater coat” would transform the closets of women around the world.
A great cardi adds versatility and quickly pulls together existing items in your closet. This Cardigan from casually elegant brand Joie at Singer22 is a great example of layering over leggings, which is always a must. This piece acts as additional length, but the nature of a cardigan is to cover the shoulders.
Style Tip: Choose something more than basic when considering your cardigan. The vibrant blue of this one makes for a stylish standout piece, and the oversized fit and slouchy pockets keep it casual cool. Add a belt to up your style ante.
Simply Superb Scarf
If you’re looking to revamp an outfit in two seconds or less, a scarf is the accessory for you. It quickly personalizes the simplest look with various fabrics, styles, prints, and textures. We love this scarf by Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent at Singer22 for its bold colors and ethnic print. The abstract pattern brings life to any basic ensemble; this scarf's length goes the distance for wrapping you in warmth and style.
Style Tip: Choose a pattern, pick a solid, wear in winter, sport in summer—a scarf allows you to express your individuality in an unobtrusive way no matter the season.
Vest Is Best
A vest is a new way to layer. This denim leopard print vest from Current Elliot at Singer22 adds a hip attitude and a covered up layer to any basic item in your closet. It's gold zipper and front button details provide eye-catching style and looks great under a long black coat and black motorcycle boots.
Style Tip: Be conscious of fit in a vest. Make sure it's not too tight in the arm holes or across your body.
Adding stand-out layering items to your closet is a great way to revamp a wardrobe on a budget, so go bold and don't be shy. Save your basics for core pieces like a simple top or a standard dress, then layer on a bright scarf or a killer biker vest to bolster your outfit's personality. Remember, not every trend is going to work for you, but you’ll never know unless you try it.