It's finally here!
The very first of its kind, this Layering Lookbook includes a collection of eleven outfits styled with layering ideas in mind. At the end of last year I had an itch to change things up, asked ya'll what you wanted to see this year, and the votes were unanimous: you wanted Style Lookbooks rather than Seasonal Lookbooks, and I was of course up for the challenge. As always, I tried my best to think outside the box when styling each outfit to create a collection of combinations you wouldn't otherwise think of. I also took the advice of one follower who wanted to see how to transition a look from day to night without going home, so most of the looks below have a "night out" component. For these particular looks, some would require you to bring a change of shoes, pants or accessories to keep in your car.
I want to take a moment to give a big THANK YOU to Jane at the Town Loft for her gorgeous space, and to the talented Virginia See of See Everything Photography for the amazing photos you'll see below. Virginia is just about finished school and I can't wait to continue working with her!
As usual, I will be rolling out these looks individually over the next 3 months to give tips and tricks on how to recreate each look to suit your own personal style.... and before you know it the Leggings Lookbook will be here ;)
LAYERING LEGGINGS & A TURTLENECK UNDER A DRESS
The ultimate way to feel comfy while looking chic. A long sleeve or short sleeve tee could be worn as alternative to the turtleneck in warmer weather!
$20 Blue Notes Turtleneck | $20 Forever21 Dress | $70 Bench Leggings | $20 Payless Shoes | $20 Knots and Pipes Earrings
GOING OUT ON THE TOWN?
Add a moto jacket to take the look from day to night.
LAYERING AN OPEN BLOUSE OVER A CROP TOP
Modern sophistication at its finest.
$10 Winners Scarf | $15 Garage Crop Top | $30 Gap Blouse | Vintage Trousers | $20 Payless Shoes | $30 Heel Boy Purse
DRINKS AFTER WORK?
Take off the blouse, swap the flats for heels.
LAYERING A WHITE BLOUSE UNDER A CROPPED BLOUSE, UNDER A BLAZER
Is it two shirts or one?! They'll never know...
$30 Dynamite Blazer | $20 Costa Blanca Cropped Blouse | Thrifted White Blouse | Thrifted Pleated Skirt | $10 Forever21 Socks | $30 Call It Spring Shoes | $10 Town Loft Clutch | $20 Knots & Pipes Earrings
HEADING SOMEWHERE AFTER WORK?
Ditch the heels & blazer, change into jeans, and throw on a coordinating hat.
LAYERING A HOODIE UNDER A BLAZER
The perfect outfit for those early spring days when you no longer need a winter coat.
$15 Call it Spring Hat | $25 Levi's Tee | $30 H&M Hoodie | $20 (sale) H&M Blazer | $50 Smart Set Jeans | $60 Converse Shoes | $20 Forever21 Backpack
BELTING A LONG CARDIGAN OVER A CAMI & LACE BRALETTE
A creative and chic way to wear your favourite cardigans.
$20 Town Loft Cardigan | $10 H&M Cami | $20 Urban Outfitters Bralette | Thrifted Belt | $50 Zara Culottes | $25 Le Chateau Purse | $10 Designer Shoe Warehouse Shoes
DATE NIGHT AFTER WORK?
Easy! Ditch the cardigan, belt and scarf and throw on a layer of necklaces for some sparkle.
WEARING A BUTTON-UP DRESS AS A JACKET, OVER A CARDIGAN
Ah, those button-up dresses - always so versatile and stylish.
$30 H&M Dress | $30 H&M Cardigan | $20 H&M Scarf | $10 H&M Tee | $10 Forever21 Skirt | $30 Town Loft Hat | $100 Heel Boy Shoes | $80 Vanderzee Earrings
LAYERING AN OPEN BLOUSE OVER A TURTLENECK, UNDER A BLAZER
I can't help it, the level of these layers just looks SO good.
$20 H&M Turtleneck | 30 Gap Blouse | $20 (sale) H&M Blazer | $10 (sale) Gap Jeans | $50 (sale) Aldo Shoes | $30 H&M Purse
LAYERING A VEST OVER A LONG SLEEVE CREW, UNDER A TRENCH COACH
A vest is quite possibly the best and most versatile layering piece.
$30 Forever21 Trench | $15 Loft Girls Vest | $10 Joe Fresh Crew Neck | $50 Zara Culottes | $20 (sale) Aldo Shoes | $40 Town Loft Purse
LAYERING A LONG SLEEVE UNDER A TANK, UNDER A LIGHTWEIGHT COAT
The 90's called and confirmed this look isn't going anywhere
$20 Whit Kingston Hat | $200 Pink Martini Coat | $2 Cash For Clothes Pins | $10 Old Navy Top | $10 Winners Tank | $40 Urban Outfitters Belt | $30 Bench Skirt | $100 Heel Boy Boots | $30 H&M Purse
HEADING OUT FOR DRINKS?
Ditch the long sleeve top and beanie to show off your lace bralette and messy hair.
LAYERING A LONG SLEEVE TURTLENECK UNDER A 3/4 SLEEVE BLAZER
Playing with sleeve lengths adds an interest to an otherwise classic look.
If you're not a turtleneck fan, a crew neck will do the trick just fine.
$20 Bluenotes Turtleneck | $30 Dynamite Blazer | Vintage Trousers | $50 (sale) Aldo Shoes | $15 Town Loft Clutch | $10 H&M Earrings
LAYERING A SLEEVELESS SWEATER OVER A LONG SLEEVE TOP, UNDER A VEST
Casual chic with an edge and unlimited versatility.
$30 Forever21 Vest | $60 KC Closet Boutique Sweater | $20 Forever21 Long Sleeve Bodysuit | $80 KC Closet Boutique Jeans | $100 Heel Boy Booties | $40 Sherry Jeffrey Necklace
CASUAL FRIDAY TURNED COCKTAIL HOUR?
No problem! Lose the sweater vest, throw on your rockstar vest and swap out your boots for patterned pumps.
I would like to note that last night, while getting dressed for an event, I styled another layered look that I WISH I included in the lookbook. If you caught my stories, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. I have a velvet jumpsuit that's quite glam, but oh so comfortable. I wanted to wear it for its comfort last night, but the vibe was too sexy for the evening - so I pulled a cropped sweater on over top and loved the outcome.
Ah heck, I'll just include the outfit selfie below so you can see what I'm talking about! For anyone who missed the explanation via Stories - you can catch them in my Instagram Highlights under "Style" - where I've shared tips throughout the week on how to layer.
$20 (sale) Zara Top | $20 (sale) H&M Jumpsuit | $100 Steve Madden Booties
I want to mention that I didn't make enough time before posting this to find links to similar items I've styled above. However - if there is something I've included above that you LOVE and really want to know where to buy - please comment on the post or send me a message and I will find and send the links directly to you because I love you.
Thanks for reading! xo