How to Layer in the Summer

Layering is one of the easiest ways to make any outfit look more chic and fabulous. It is a styling trick that you can use on days when you feel like your outfit could use just a little bit more oomph. Now, layering is super easy to do in the fall and winter because it also helps keep you warm during these cold days but what do you do once summer hits? Can you still layer your outfit to perfection when the temps start to rise? Luckily, the answer is yes. Here are some tips on how to layer in the summer and keep your cool.

  • LIMIT YOUR LAYERS – limiting your layers is a must to make sure that you don’t go overboard and don’t pack on too much warmth and heat in your outfit. ideally, there should be no more than 3 layers in a single outfit but for summer, I think the max count should be two.denim jacket and maxi dress

summer layered outfit

  • CHOOSE LIGHT FABRICS – lighter fabrics are ideal for summer layering because they won’t make you sweat. Cotton and jersey are great for layering because they’re breathable and they won’t trap the heat in. For a chic and trendy look, you can also try layering with sheer pieces like mesh, chiffon and lace.

light layers for summer light and breathable fabrics

  • GO SLEEVELESS –piling on two pieces of clothing with sleeves on is fine if you’re looking to get warm and cozy but if your goal is to look chic while keeping cool, you’ll want to ditch those and opt for sleeveless instead – at least for your outer layer, that is. Going sleeveless just allows you to layer up without breaking out a sweat throughout the day.

sleeveless tux vest sleeveless denim vest

  • PILE ON ACCESSORIES – if you’re not comfortable wearing more than one layer of clothing when it’s hot outside (I feel you, I know it just doesn’t seem right sometimes), you can opt out of that and layer your accessories instead. It’s a great way to add some layers to your look without necessarily having to compromise comfort.

layered gem accessories layered gold tusk necklaces

  • FAKE IT – if you’re not very confident about your layering skills or you just don’t want to deal with having to find the perfect pieces to pile on for the day, why not go for those pieces that look like they’re separates but actually come in one whole piece? These are great if you want to achieve the look of layers without dealing with a whole lot of clothing.

dress with tiers dress with built in layers

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