The Art of Layering

Editors Note: This article was originally featured in the Your Town Lindsay Winter edition.

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The Seasons are changing and there is a definite crispness in the air. It is that time of year when most of us pack away the last of our warm weather clothing to make room in our closets for our winter wardrobes. This transition can be difficult for some, in large part due to the fact that winter styles can often be darker in hue. This can easily be remedied by adding a pop of colour to your outfit with bright accessories and layered pieces. The best part about cooler weather is that you can finally wear those multiple layers to stay warm and cozy, but also make a fashion statement too. 

Let's be honest, we live in a small town, and while we want to be stylish, it is just not practical in our everyday lives to dress like we just walked off a runway. So how can we do this? Be comfortable, yet very fashionable for winter? Let us start with the art of layering. We are going to call it an art because there really is no right or wrong way to do it. Just like the fine arts, layering is open to interpretation and can be very individual. What makes fashion so exciting is that we all have different tastes and can make a popular look our very own by changing up the accessories, footwear, or even colours, prints and textures we pair with it.

We all know that woman that looks effortlessly chic every day leaves her house. While we secretly want to loathe her, we are also envious of her too. Do you think she all the answers to our fashion dilemmas? No, but she has confidence to try new things and I bet you she is layering this winter. Let us start with a simple way to copy her look. For work, think a tone on tone printed dress pant, paired with a soft knitted sweater in colours that suit you. Or for the weekend or more casual wear, a great pair of jeans or leggings. Find basics that make you feel good and fit well to be your foundation. These are the pieces to splurge on. From here we can layer with a printed vest, textured scarf, a poncho/wrap, sweater coat or funky jacket to build on that basic foundation outfit. Add a chunky necklace and your favourite boots and you are mastering the art. 

Don't be afraid to ask for help when you are out shopping. The sales staff is there to help you to be the best version of you, on the runway of life. Have fun layering!

Until next time,

Rebekah McCracken 

Owner of Hamilton Creek