Even if you are dealing with snowdrifts, the easiest way to deal with a bit of Spring fever is to infuse a little dose of Spring into your outfits. We've talked already about gorgeous trench coats, and bright pops of denim…but one way to feel Spring-y and stay warm is by layering.
Layering, however, is not throwing a cardi on over your t-shirt. Well, technically, it is…but a cooler way of layering is to follow the rule of three: Wear three tops*.
*tops – a loose definition. Tops can be dresses, vests, actual tops or even a big fun scarf. Two tops and a scarf is kind-of cheating in this layering game. But will still look great.
The rule of three keeps you a bit warmer, and…even better? It makes any outfit just. so. cool. It requires a bit more thought, however. At least for me. But the end result is effortless style. Look at your fav fashion mags or bloggers – some of the coolest looks follow the rule of three.
Wanna see? I found some really great inspiration, and came up with a few tips to keep in mind:
Tip 1 – Keep The Thickest Layers on the Outside
In general, this is a good guideline. But it's only a guideline. One way to break it? Layer a wool cardi under a Spring jacket. (see my pic above).
(Wearing in above pic: Gap cowl neck tank, Flexees shaper cami, banana republic cardigan, wilster cotton anorak, chan luu necklace)
Tip 2 – Spoof a Three-Piece Suit
Borrow this outfit idea from the boys. Spoof a three piece suit with a collared shirt, a soft vest (or boyfriend cardigan) and a blazer. Using a knit blazer from our Keeping a Classic Style Youthful article would make this look soooo comfy. For inspiration, see Stacy's End-of-Winter outfit inspiration pic or checkout Streetstyle Aesthetic's drool-worthy snap below.
Tip 3 – Let a Hint of Pattern Peek Out
Do you have a plaid button-down shirt? A striped (or floral) cardi? Wearing these items as your middle layer is a fun way to make your outfit more interesting. Bonus points for letting them peek out both at the sleeve and the lapel.
Bee from Atlantic-Pacific nails this look by keeping her pink plaid shirt open over her dress (and under her army jacket). She was the inspiration for my striped look, also below.
(wearing: dress and belt from J.Crew factory store, striped cardigan from J.Crew, wilster cotton anorak from Nordstroms, Clarks booties, Tissot watch)
Tip 4 – Vary the Texture With a Silky Shirt
I know silky shirts are not mom-friendly. However, slipping one on over a tee and under a cardi keeps the stains to a minimum. And looks so cool. I like Punky B's take, below. I've also employed this styling trick in our Poochy Stomach Styling Trick: A Deep V article. I've found that virtually all silk shirts are machine washable (delicate cycle), or a cheapy, Forever 21 interpretation will do the trick.
Tip 5 – Hello, Sweatshirt
Sweatshirts can be tricky. But if you've found a thin, drapy sweatshirt like we talked about in one of our Mom Style articles, layering it under a jacket and over a top can result in a cozy, comfy and so-very-cool mom uniform.
Karen from WhereDidYouGetThat layers hers over a pretty, lacy top, and Kelly from the Glamourai layers hers over a plaid collared shirt. Both provide a nice counter-point to the casualness of the sweatshirt.
Tip 6 – Mix Styles
We've talked about the importance of mixing styles (casual, tailored, pretty, nerdy, man-style, feminine etc) many, many times. If you are new here, check out our introduction to mixing styles in our New Style Rules For Moms series. When you are going for the rule of three, this becomes infinitely easier (and looks much, much better) when you mix up the styles. My favorite example? Fashiontoast – below, she mixes a concert tee with a nerdy boyfriend cardigan and faux-fur jacket. While faux-fur jackets are not for every mom, we did find some cool options/inspiration for moms in our Mom Street Style: Amber's Faux Fur Jacket article.
Sooo…to summarize, when layering, try the following:
- Flowy top + wool cardi + Spring jacket
- Collared shirt + soft vest or buttoned cardigan + knit blazer
- Dress + Plaid Shirt + Army Jacket
- Dress + Patterned Cardi + Parka
- Collared Shirt + Sweatshirt + Pea Coat
- Long Lace top + Sweatshirt + Flowy Jacket
- T-Shirt + Silk Blouse + Cardi
- Concert Tee + Nerdy Striped Cardi + Faux-Fur Jacket
What are your favorite combos of three? And as always, feel free to send pics…contactus (at) aintnomomjeans (dot) com.