Style File. Layer Up This Fall. From Leggings to a Do-It-All Knit Dress, Capes, Scarves & Hats, the Options for Creativity are Endless. The Secret? Balance & Fit. Second City Style Fashion Blog

September 8, 2006 • Fashion

Shopping_marc_jacobs_layers Marc Jacobs Fall RTW ’06

Glam Shopping Beat column for the week of 9/4/06 – by Lesley Scott:

More layers than a layer cake…and counting. Fall is a vision of leggings, tights, skirts, vests, scarves & overcoats…all at the same time, thanks to Monsieur Marc Jacobs in particular. The good news, however, is that no one need freeze in the name of fashion this winter! Additionally, layers mean tons of different ways to customize the trend to your particular taste & style.

To make this look work, focus on balance. While a 5’10" model can pull off having every inch swathed in heavy-duty fabric, the rest of us mere mortals are somewhat less blessed. In order to look chic rather than homeless,  pick a single area to have the most bulk. A cape, cowl neck sweater & fabulously oversized winter’y hat combination couldn’t be cuter, but all that fabric needs to be offset by a slim silhouette on the bottom; good options include a skinny jean with a delicate shoe in the same color or tone.  Alternatively, voluminous menswear pants with chunky platforms require a body conscious top. In both cases, balancing the bulk with a slim counterpart keeps things chic & avoids anything that might confuse bystanders with the Michelin Man.

The second secret of layers is fit: get on good terms with a reliable tailor. In particular, pay attention to hem lengths. If you’re rocking a cropped pant, it should hit the bottom of your calf precisely where the leg begins to taper into the ankle. An oversized, wide-legged pant a la Chanel? Make sure the tailor measures them on you while you’re in the heels you intend to wear them with.  If a sweater is meant to be slouchy, make sure it’s doing the precise slouch you want while it’s on your body – again, a tailor is your magic weapon in this endeavor.

Great pieces to use for a stylishly layered look:

Shopping_knits_see_capelet See by Chloe Knit Capelet

Shopping_knit_etro_scarf Etro Knit Scarf

Shopping_knit_coat Robert Rodriguez Knit Coat

Shopping_knit_hat_1    Shearling Trapper Hat

Shopping_knit_leggings Derek Lam Leggings & Cowl Neck Sweater

Shopping_mcqueen_dress  Alexander McQueen Knit Dress

Shopping_knit_cr_pant_1 DSquare Men’s-Style Cropped Pant

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