Layer it up!
Spring is so close, yet so far. It's still coat(s) season here in New York City, so today's post is dedicated to the current trend of layering one outerwear over another. In a recent post, I styled a spring blazer in four ways, and one of the looks featured a trench coat over a blazer. In the process of putting those looks together (and stalking fashionistas during fashion "month" from New York all the way to Milan), I worked out my own "equation" for this trend and am sharing them with you today!
Read on for some of my tips and tricks:
Be Daring with Contrasting Colors
If you want the layers to be apparent and make sure people see you pulling the double-coat trend, then pick out two outerwears with contrasting colors. I wore this sweater cardigan in an all-red monochromatic look recently, but during colder days, I need another layer, so I wore it over a plaid coat. The contrast adds depth and makes the overall look more interesting, too!
Playing It Safe and Stick to the Same Color Family
If you're not sure what colors go together, the easiest way is to double it up with coats of the same color or in the same color group! I love, for instance, a head-to-toe monochromatic grey look, as well as Eva Chen's light and dark pink combination.
Go for Two Sizes
Find one piece that is tighter than the other, looser than the other, or stretchier than the other! This is very self-explanatory but sometimes I do forget to keep this in mind when I'm picking out two outwears. If you have two coats or jackets that you really want to wear over one another, but they really don't fit over one another, then my next trick might be helpful!
Let It Hang
You don't have to really wear it, just let it hang over your shoulders! When I swap my plaid coat around with my red sweater cardigan, for instance, it became impossible for me to fit into the coat because of the chunkiness. But I really love the combination, so I simply put the plaid coat on my shoulders. Same goes with my thick black wool coat and trench coat.
Mix and Match Different Texture
I've always enjoyed creating fun outfit combinations by mixing pieces with different materials. A flowy kimono with a cashmere long cardigan, a leather jacket under a bomber, or a silk robe and a cotton trench – play around!
I wore a velvet red moto under my denim jacket to one of the brand presentations during New York Fashion Week, and received many compliments!
Highlight Your Waist
One of the most important things I've noticed, at least for me, is to show where my waistline is! I have shorter legs, so that is also a way for me to elongate my bottom half. This can easily be done by adding a belt over your inner layer coat or over everything to show off the belt.
Although I did try a few combinations with a short and long piece, I always end up going for combinations with two pieces of similar lengths. If you scroll back up to see all the looks, all of them except for one is proof!
What are some of your tips? Share with me by leaving a comment below! Hope you enjoyed reading and thank you for stopping by!
Tricia Chen is co-founder of Key To Radiance. She loves having fresh flowers in her apartment, putting on face masks, savoring cupcakes and a daily cup of grande almond latte. She works in PR and Marketing, and is currently based in New York.
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