- Rule of thumb: The thinnest garment should be worn closest to your skin and the thickest garment as the outermost layer. For example, wear a camisole or a fitted cotton T-shirt as the the layer closest to your body. Next layer a light cardigan, then a heavier jacket or a blazer for the the topmost layer.
- Wear fitted clothing: To achieve a sleek look the first and second layers should be fitted. As explained in the above point, apparel which are more loose fitting (jackets, blazers, shrugs, trench coats) are worn towards the top to reduce bulkiness.
- Limit Layers: Most stylists recommend that you to stick to a maximum of three layers so that you don't end up looking too bulky.
- Mix different fabrics: put a sequined cardigan over a T-shirt, a short military inspired blazer over a simple top or a waistcoat/vest over a long sleeve shirt.
- Layer your legs: Layer your legs with tights and leggings worn under a skirt with knee-high boots or booties.
- Accessories: Other items to add to your layers are scarves, belts and accessories. These pieces enhance your overall look. Scarves especially are an essential item to achieving a layered look, but many women say they just don't know how to tie a scarf; check out this website for 50+ Ways to Tie a Scarf.
- Mix different colors: consider your body your palette and play with colors like I've done below. One of the reasons we want to layer clothes is to show off the contrast between different colors and cuts, so there is no need to be dull and boring by wearing a single color for all your layers.
Here's an outfit I put together recently. It wasn't too cold outside so my first layer was the Gap's oxford polka dot shirt, I layered it with this burgundy Calvin Klein corduroy blazer, and a cute scarf. For the bottom half I wore a pair of skinny jeans, and black riding boots for a classic casual look.