So, it turns out that Blogwarts is totally a real thing and they let me audit a class on layering. Since many of you indicated on Wednesday’s post that you also have trouble layering dresses and blouses, so I thought I’d share what I learned.
Let’s talk first about the dress.
It should be a heavier-weight fabric. I, personally, prefer ponte, a tightly-woven and therefore, heavier knit.
It should not be skin tight. Especially in your curvier areas. As I mentioned Wednesday, I went with a fit and flare dress because it gave me extra room around the thighs which is where I need it.
It should be structured (but not tight). A more structured silhouette will help keep the look sleek. A fit and flare dress, for example, will look sleeker layered over a blouse than a sack dress.
Now for the blouse.
Unlike the dress, the blouse should be lightweight. Sheer blouses are very good for layering because they add very little bulk, especially under a heavier knit.
Like the dress, the blouse should be fitted. This is especially important if the blouse is not sheer; a fitted blouse will help keep the bulk down. Gap has some very cute fitted/shrunken boyfriend button-downs that I think would work. They are available in Tall as well.
I also love the Caslon shirts from Nordstrom for this concept. They don’t come in “Tall” but tend to have long-enough sleeves and are well-fitted.
For some suggestions on what to layer how, I created some Polyvore sets, all featuring the Mossimo Fit and Flare Ponte Knit dress from Target which is the same dress I wore in my post Wednesday.
|Mossimo dress, Ruche "Giselle" Pleated Necktie blouse &Lulu's d'Orsay flats|
|Mossimo dress, Modcloth "First Class Cabin" blouse & "Both Feet on the Playground" flats|
|Mossimo dress, Nordstrom Caslon shirt, Sole Society booties|
A couple more tips.
If you can't find a bow blouse you like, you can always add a lady-tie to your look.
Belts are your friends; a wide belt, especially, can help keep the volume down.
And, if you're still not looking as sleek as you like, try this trick from Franziska at Franish; she's a genius.
So, what do you think, Reader Friends? Would you try any of these looks?
Happy Friday, Everyone!
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