How to perfect the art of layering

The art of layering
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How to perfect the art of layering

The pièce de résistance of your wardrobe, a crisp button-down can be worn in endless combinations. One of our favorites? Buttoned up underneath a kitschy sweatshirt and paired with a structured pencil skirt. “Gosh, you’re so on trend,” says everyone in your office.

Opening Ceremony sweatshirt ($155), Merona shirt ($16), Diane von Furstenberg pencil skirt ($285)

Worn under a car coat, a denim jacket functions more like a shirt--an awesomely clever shirt, that is. 

Photo: The Sartorialist

Wearing a cardigan over your dress = Boring. Wearing a cardigan under your dress = Genius. Get this look by donning a cherished cashmere cardi unbuttoned under a tank dress. Bonus points if you can repurpose one of your summer frocks.

Oscar de la Renta frock ($2,590), Ann Taylor cardigan ($189), Loeffler Randall booties ($395)

Make use of all those peplum tanks you stocked up on and wear ’em over a tissue-thin turtleneck. Black-on-black looks especially chic this time of year.

BCBGeneration peplum top ($78), J.Crew turtleneck ($35), BaubleBar necklace ($38), MaxMara trousers ($373)

Nothing pulls multiple layers together quite like a waist-cinching belt.

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain

You’ve been wearing a Canadian tuxedo for so long, it’s a surprise you haven’t picked up an accent. Instead, try wearing your chambray shirt as a jacket. When doubled up under an army fatigue, it’s effortlessly cool.

Photo credit: Bows & Sequins

The key here is to avoid adding bulk. We recommend layering silk tops (they’re already thin) in contrasting patterns. Sleeves not working? Roll them using this technique.

J.Crew lace top ($198), Elizabeth and James silk shirt ($352), Clare Vivier clutch ($143)

It may not be as difficult as that time you "attempted" 8 a.m. Advanced Calculus, but getting dressed in the morning can require some brainpower. Luckily, you're a smart woman who knows all about the layering equation.

Here, a few key elements (plus some handy diagrams) so you can stop with the fashion math and get friendly with the snooze button.

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