As you can probably tell from all the outfits I have posted through the years, I am a queen of layering. It’s due to my body shape being smaller on top and heavier through the hips and thighs. My job in getting dressed everyday is creating balance and I’m finally getting the hang of it.
For most my life, I have depended on this…
But instead I got this…
Think sausage and rubber bands. The cami’s are uncomfortable, ride up and when I get them down around my hips, they stick to everything including my back pockets. It left me feeling self conscious and uncomfortable.
Then came the discovery of sheer, long, sleeveless tops and also the plethora of slips from Free People and Evereve. I have been in layering heaven. So here are my go-to layering pieces I wear every day unless I am wearing a skirt.
Top slips are from Free People called the Eyelashes Slip. They come in many, many colors. On the bottom are slips from Evereve called Lace Hem Tunic Tank.
And last is the very famous, number one selling slip at Free People – the Trapeze Slip. I call this style the Inside Out Slip. It is not as flattering under tops but better on top (as shown next to a long slender sleeveless maxi dress or pencil skirt) or worn as a shirt by itself.
So here are some basic guidelines when layering:
- Avoid clingy, stretchy knits if possible. Even those of you at your ideal body weight will still have issues of riding up and bunching where you don’t want it.
- The length of your underpinning depends on your body shape. If you are like me, your hem needs to hit at or below your fingertips. If you carry weight in your middle/tummy area (or not at all), try this tip. Cup your hands at your sides and the hem should fall into the palm of your hand. (you want to show off your slender hips and legs)
- Make sure your underpinnings have room to move and hang straight. If they are tight around your body, you might as well go back to the cami’s.
- When your underpinnings are the same color or tone as your top, it gives you more color options for pants and leggings.
- When it comes to your Capsule Count, my rule is it doesn’t count if the underpinning can’t be worn alone. But in contrast, my button downs and trapeze slips count.
- Avoid full, flowy underpinnings, similar to the shape of the trapeze slip. You want your slip or shirt to create a long slender line of color to minimize your shape and make you look taller. Full bunchy slips only create width and frumpiness (I think I just made that word up).
So many options just because of a little slip. Gotta love it. Oh yeah, I already DO! (top from Free People)