Wednesday, April 1, 2015

How I Wear My: Layers

Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget).

Layers are not only practical, adding lightweight warmth during the sometimes-chilly early spring weather, they are an easy way to project a bit of your personality and style into any outfit, so they seemed perfect for a “How I Wear My” post in April.

This is one of those posts that features outfits running the gamut from dressy to casual and includes dresses, skirts, pants, and jeans! You will definitely find some layered inspiration and looks to love here. Enjoy!

Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget), above, my “How I Wear My” partner writes, “I just got back from a weekend in Mendocino, which is coastal and typically cool and often foggy. On this particular day spent traipsing around the countryside, looking at barns, the fog was thick and the temps were in the 50s and 60s with ocean wind. I was so glad to have brought my Stella Carakasi Far and Away coat. It’s made of boiled wool, without a liner, and is the perfect light coat for this sort of weather. To me, it’s more like a long sweater that zips. I layered it over a black long-sleeved tee. When I feel warm, I can simply unzip it a little and open up the collar, showing more of my layers.”

I not only love this look on Adrienne, I love this as a stand-alone photo of her. It is amazing!

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life.

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life writes, “Since I love to play with patterns and colors, a great way for me tone down a lot of print is adding a blazer. Adding a necklace as well adds that extra layer of interest to the outfit.”

One of the things I love about Alice is her fearlessness where pattern and color are concerned so I can’t imagine this post without her since layering is a big part of her style. I am crazy about this outfit, especially the shoes. Sexy perfection!

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo.

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo says, “This is my nod to Ralph Lauren...with a thrifted skirt by Ralph Lauren.” The boots were on consignment, the hat is vintage, and her handbag was just picked up at an estate sale.

Suzanne looks so beautiful and ethereal in this photo! I love these layers inspired by Ralph Lauren and I think Ralph would like this look too, don’t you?

Nicole of High Latitude Style.

Nicole of High Latitude Style writes, “This photo shows an example of how I layer for style and not for insulation. There is no reason but style to pin the cashmere sweater to the outfit. I just wanted repeating of the color of the stripe in the skirt. Basically, I used the sweater as a scarf, sort of. LOL.”

Not only do I love this look on Nicole—what great colors!—I know exactly what she is talking about because I use some of my cardigans like a scarf that is tied around my shoulders too. It’s a fun way to add color, as Nicole has done here!

Nora of Jacket Society.

Nora of Jacket Society is wearing a Zara cropped jacket with slim cropped black pants. The pale leopard scarf, which I love, is by Jacket Society (find it here) and you won’t be surprised to find out I am also crazy about the Hermès belt and those lace-up heels!

Deja of Une femme d’un certain âge.

Deja of Une femme d’un certain âge says, “When I wear a short skirt, I like to add longer layers on top. Seems to balance it out somehow.”

I like this business-edgy layered look on Deja, especially with the addition of tall black boots, a pearl necklace and that great Saint Laurent bag. I saw a similar one in the window of Barney’s over the weekend, immediately thought of Deja, and wanted to rush in and buy one for myself! I did not, but oh was I tempted because Deja carries it so well that I want one too.

Cynthia of My Rose Colored Shades.

Cynthia of My Rose Colored Shades says, “How do you stay warm in 40 degree spring weather without a winter coat? Say hello to layering.”

I love this layered look in blue on Cynthia, especially since I wear so much denim myself and blue is one of my favorite colors!

Susan of High Heels in the Wilderness.

Susan of High Heels in the Wilderness says that she “tried out a layered outfit suitable for an Ottawa spring...i.e., pretty darned cold.” She is wearing dressy joggers from Aritzia, a Canadian store, a red Gap T-shirt, Paige jean jacket, a Michael Kors raincoat, and a floral scarf. She says she will have to cover up her ankles to take this look outside because of the temperature and jokes, “Pantyhose, anyone?”

I know just what Susan means, it’s still too cold in NYC to do anything but keep wearing layers, right down to the feet. Once the weather is warm enough though, I do love the look, like Susan’s, of loafers without socks!

Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40.

Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40 says, “I wear layers a lot in Texas in order to maintain a professional style. I often wear sleeveless blouses under jackets during warmer I can keep the jackets for work or presentations.”

These are great tonal layers on Pam and I think she brings up a good point about how layers allow a woman to keep a professional look, with the simple addition of a jacket, which can then be shed as the temperatures rise.

Helen of Valley of the Shoes.

Helen of Valley of the Shoes says, “I’m crazy about jumpsuits this spring, so it’s the foundation to the following layers during the transitional weather. The jumpsuit is so versatile, it pairs well with shirts underneath or jackets as a topper. It also matches with many types of shoes and ankle boots. It’s really fun to wear.” She paired the jumpsuit here with a graphic houndstooth sweatshirt and a long dog tag necklace.

I really like this look on Helen and now I have to wonder why I don’t own a jumpsuit myself. If you have one, do you layer it like Helen has done here?

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun.

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun jokes, “Got a bit creative here (too much maybe?) Wearing a dress as a vest, along with a tank, a denim jacket, and black skinnies.”

Not too creative for me, in fact, I am a big fan of this layered look on Dawn Lucy and how she mixed floral with denim. And I think those skinny jeans make her legs look a mile long!

Linda of A Labour of Life.

Linda of A Labour of Life writes, “I mean seriously, layers and Canadian Winters and Springs just go hand in hand. Layers and Canada is like ice cream and chocolate sauce or wine with cheese, you just cannot have one without the other.”

I love that Linda used a leopard skirt as a base for layering, she looks terrific in this outfit (don’t you adore those patterned tights, just visible beneath the skirt), and I always appreciate her humor!


Our new friend Edie writes, “Usually once a year I leave cold, snowy Canada and go to hot, sunny West Africa for volunteer work. I wear this lovely ‘throw’ as a shawl as it allows me to shed my winter coat at the airport and leave it behind. The throw keeps me warm on planes and in airports and can also be rolled up and used as a pillow. Under my throw/shawl I wear a hoodie, sheer shirt, and tank top. I always wear a black skirt or trousers as it’s a 36 hour trip (barring delays). Shortly before touchdown, I ditch the opaque tights, fold my hoodie and shawl and tuck them into my carry-on and trade my flats for flip-flops. Now I’m ready for that 95+ temperature that will hit me in the face as soon as I leave the airport.”

It sounds like Edie has this down to a science and I like that the layers she chooses are stylish for two completely different time zones and temperature ranges. I also like this shade of blue worn with black!

Ana of Mrs. American Made.

Ana of Mrs. American Made writes, “I like to layer to change up a look, mainly dresses, to add variety to my wardrobe - sometimes I like to pretend that a dress is just the skirt part or just a top. And I remix it into an outfit like this American-made black and white Milly dress together with a top like the ‘Inheritance’ top by Nanette Lepore and a black embellished cardigan by Rozae Nichols over it to create a totally different look.”

This is such a feminine and lovely look on Ana, who also sent a photo of the separate pieces of the ensemble. I like this as a picture, it’s so girly and wonderful, and I like that it shows us how Ana put this outfit together.

The elements of Ana’s outfit. So pretty and elegant! It makes me happy just looking at it!

Trina of Tea Time With Trina.

Trina of Tea Time With Trina writes, “This month’s HIWM is so much fun, especially when you live in an area where layering is essential all year round. In this photo I am layering denim on denim which, to be honest, I do ALL the time. I’m a go-to denim gal.”

I really enjoy seeing the three ways Trina uses different layers and accessories to change the vibe of the same basic foundation. A great trio of looks!

Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living.

Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living says of her outfit, “It is very casual because my chickens were being delivered that day and I needed to be functional and comfortable. I am wearing a gray-checked flannel shirt, navy cardigan, and wine vest with boyfriend jeans and gray tennis shoes.”

Do not even get me started on the fact that she had chickens being delivered. I think chickens are such cool birds and I am so excited to find out that Cheryl now has two new chickens, Peony and Lilac, named after her two favorite flowers. I knew a gal who kept a pet chicken named Cluck-Cluck in her NYC apartment, can you believe it?  Back to Cheryl’s outfit, I like that she added a pop of color to her layered look. What a way to welcome Peony and Lilac to their new home!

In front of “Winged Genie Wearing Fancy Bracelets,” circa 883-859 BC.

My everyday uniform always consists of layers, usually a shirt or blouse, with a black J. Crew Jackie cardigan (my favorite), and then I add jewelry, a scarf, and if needed, a coat. In these pictures I am at the Brooklyn Museum, in one of my favorite sections because I am crazy for Ancient Near Eastern art and have been since college. This work is entitled “Winged Genie Wearing Fancy Bracelets,” circa 883-859 B.C., and was in the king’s palace during the reign of Ashur-nasir-pal II, in what is now Iraq. I love the intricate carvings in this alabaster relief.

My friend and photographer Gwynne told me to hold my bag out like the genie was holding his so I went for it. Mine is by MZ Wallace. I bet the genie’s was made of gold!

Holding my bag like the genie holds his!

The lighting is dark but the sweater and coat are both by J. Crew, with an Old Navy tank top underneath, and I layered my green velveteen scarf and Chanel pendant over the top. Actually, the genie and I have a bit in common since my pendant mimics the rosettes on his wrists and on his headband, and he has fringe on the sleeve edge of his robes, and I have fringe on my scarf!

My Chanel pendant and $10 street scarf.

How are you liking your layers these days?

For May we are having a white jeans party! Whether you have been wearing them all winter or will break them out now in time for spring and summer, we want to see all your different ways of styling them. Join us for “How I Wear My: White Jeans.” Send photos to us at by May 4, 2015, along with a short description of what you are wearing.

Do swing by Adrienne’s to see the other terrific looks featuring layers.

And THANK YOU to all the fine foxes who participated this month!

All photos of me by G. Keresty.


Anonymous said...

Good morning, Jill, and thank you for featuring my layered jumpsuit! I am drooling over your Chanel pendant and scarf, the colors are so eye-catching. As always, a ton of stylish outfits here to draw inspiration from. My favorites are the layered denim and patterned pencil skirts.

Thanks again and looking forward to the next challenge!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Love to see what everyone wears...and that Chanel pendant is great, Jill! Thanks to you and Adrienne for doing many fun styles!

Cheryl Tucker said...

Everyone looks so great and I love how layering works for casual to dressy. Your outfit is perfect and what a beautiful pendant! Thanks for providing a forum for everyone to share what they wear! Peace. Cheryl

Adrienne Shubin said...

So many great layered looks ranging from ladylike and dressy to casual and sporty. I love this post!
Looking forward to white jeans for May! And I love that Chanel pendant... what a treasure!
xoxox, A

Alice Warren said...

All great looks shared here! I love your pendant and scarf, a great way to add color to your outfit.


Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

No Fear of Fashion said...

Oh rats,.... I forgot all about this. Please nudge me again next time, will you Jill?
All the women you portrayed look lovely. I get a Spring feeling from them.

Dawn Lucy said...

Jill, what a wonderful place for photos! You're looking beautiful, Dear. Thanks for another fun HIWM! I have to admit, I'm not thrilled about next month's challenge, but maybe it will push me out of my comfort zone and I'll try something new.

Dawn Lucy

GSL said...

Oh my goodness those 'Fancy Bracelets' are sooooo 859 BC...have Winged Genie swing by the Den so we can update his look.
My dear Jill, I highly recommend locking in Maya on a long term contract as I suspect her fee will soon spike as legions of ladies storm into her salon brandishing EJS pic demanding something just as Bob-alicious...

GSL said...

BTW: another great assembly of well turned out ladies and have to single out Suzanne for especially high praise as she is absolutely rocking that Western ensemble with various fabrics, textures, colours, and floppy lid. Bravo!

Nora Minassian said...

Another month of great looks, love your Chanel pendant necklace. Thanks again for doing this every month!

Ana from Mrs. American Made said...

Lovely New York layers, Jill! And so much fun to see everyone else's interpretation. Thanks for hosting!

Jill said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments from everyone, this was a fun and interesting post to put together! xx