Escape the feeling of looking like a dumpling every time you step outside! When living in uncharted wardrobe waters what do you do? Do you keep your Summer clothes out, or stick with the Winter clothes? For someone whom style is a lifestyle and not just a hobby, here are YK Daily's clever tricks so you can trap in the warmth on the cool days & cool down on the warm days while maintaining your killer outfit combos.
This style might get a bad rap for being a Midwestern-suburb mainstay, but there’s a reason it's so popular: Ribbed material keeps you warm. Trapping pockets of heat in your clothes while lengthening the lines of your limbs. This material choice will keep you feeling skinny and is easy to layer up or down.
A layered outfit doesn’t risk ending up feeling all bulky and uncomfortable. Stick to more comfortable, breathable and lightweight materials like cotton, linen or viscose.
Begin with the piece closest to your body and take it from there. For instance, do a printed top, add a lightweight blazer and a scarf. That will give you a three piece layered look to work with. Another alternative is to skip the jacket and instead go for a vest as the last piece, which will also show more of the layers in the look.
If you think it may be a little chilly on your day out and fancy a jacket, find ones with built-in lining to pop on top of your thin base layer, or a fine soft fluffy cardigan to cover your bottom!
Go Smart - by smart clothes we mean summer-friendly clothes that work specifically well for layering a look. Anything maxi is often favourable as it gives off a smart and chic look, lots of airflow and space to play with for the top part, plus will keep your legs warm if necessary.
A vest is of course a genius piece as it adds a layer without going bulky. Oversized and flowy pieces work well for the top clothing piece as it leaves room for the layers underneath. Scarves and hats are great accessories as it adds to the look without going warm. Midi and mini skirts along with crop tops are also fun and trendy pieces one can play with to create a layered look.
The Royals swear by it and so do we! Ladies, buy silk because it’s perfect for any occasion and any season. That’s right! Silk is one of the warmest fabrics yet feels cool to the skin in the summertime. Start swapping that cotton undershirt for silk, try layering under or over.
Do As Beyonce Does And Place That Love On Top!
Our bodies lose heat evenly throughout but it’s most felt in our torsos. You lose heat evenly throughout your body, but you feel it most in your torso. If you bundle up on top, you’ll be able to go slimmer down below with your favourite over the knee boots or leather trousers.
Going for the lighter pieces are also key when choosing accessories. Don’t go for a knitted scarf but a lightweight one in a comfy fabric. Your hat can easily be changed from wool to a more breathable and summer-friendly material.
Heavy necklaces, rings and bracelets can be skipped in favour of embracing lighter ones. Also, your oversized statement belt might have a counterpart in a smaller scale that won’t give you the heavy sweating? Your wardrobe, in context of shoes and clothes, often have a seasonal divide, and the same can be said for your accessories!
The Key Item
The final thing to think about is to choose your it-piece carefully. Which piece in your outfit is the most important one and why.
That’s the piece you should build the outfit around. It might be a statement accessory for example. If you know what the statement of the outfit is, you can easily enhance the layering by contrasting the other pieces in colours or prints.
It might be a new top you want to highlight, which gives you the perfect opportunity to choose a contrasting colour. Another chic idea is to go for a full on monochrome look and have a scarf in an opposing colour/print, the effect is often rather striking as it gives a statement yet looks chic.