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Sunday, February 23, 2014

My Top 6 Tips: How to Layer Button Downs with Sweaters & How to Wear Scarves


As someone who hates being cold, you'll often find me layering sweaters and/or wearing a scarf.


In the comments section of previous outfit posts (1, 2), I've been asked for my top tips on layering sweaters and wearing scarves - so I thought I'd combine my answers into one post for easy reference.


Like everybody else these days, I get all my good styling ideas from Pinterest and other blogs! In particular, these tutorials on wearing scarves and rolling sleeves have had a major impact on my outfits.

MY TIPS: LAYERING SWEATERS

Shirt: H&M (similar), Sweater: Old Navy (similar) / Shirt: Old Navy, Sweater: Old Navy / Shirt: H&M (similar), Sweater: Old Navy (similar, similar but $$$)

1) Choosing a sweater - the best layering sweater is one that is slightly thicker (you don't want the see the underlying buttons poke through the top) and not too long (so that you can see the hem of the button down peek out from underneath)

2) Choosing a shirt - you can get away with nearly any button down underneath a thicker sweater (like the plaid shirt with the cable knit sweater in my picture above), but for thinner sweaters, you'll want to choose something light and delicate. You could even opt for a chiffon-like shirt like this.

3) Rolling your sleeves - one of the key steps to getting that J.Crew layered-look is scrunching up your sweater sleeves near your elbow, bringing the cuff up over the sweater, and neatly rolling the shirt up to the cuff (picture tutorial here). This step highlights the two fabrics without adding bulkiness to your sleeves.


MY TIPS: WEARING SCARVES

Scarf: Old Navy (similar), Sweater: Old Navy / Scarf: Forever21 (adore this option!), Sweater: Garage / Scarf: Express, Shirt: Garage (similar)

4) Rectangle scarf - pick the scarf up by the corner, wrap it loosely around your neck once and adjust the ends so that they hang down evenly.  Holding the scarf by the corner results in tapered ends, which looks much nicer than sqaured-off ends.

5) Square scarf - fold the scarf diagonally in half, so that you're left with one large triangle. Take the two ends of the triangle and place it around your neck - as if you were putting on a giant bib (!!!) Tuck the ends in at your nape and bring them down to hang on each side of your 'bib'!

6) Infinity scarf - the easiest scarf to wear - especially if they're extra fluffy like these Express scarves! You can either loop them evenly twice around your neck (so that it hangs down like one giant necklace like this) or loop them three times (as seen above) to get a more voluminous look.

So there you have it - my top 6 tips - I hope you found them helpful! And thank you again to everyone who takes the time to comment on my blog - please feel free to leave any tutorial requests below ♥♥♥

Linking up with More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express.

22 comments:

  1. Thank you very much for this post!
    It truly is quite helpful, like your pin suggestions. =)

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    1. So glad you liked the post Ariadne - and thanks for inspiring me to write it :-)

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  2. I love all your outfits!! I love that necklace too <3!!! So lovely. Is it from J.Crew??

    Also, I just posted my Tanya Burr's Lip glosses review and swatches and that would mean a world to me if you could visit my blog! :)

    Mayumi

    http://mayumi1992.blogspot.jp


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    1. Thanks Mayumi - yes, the necklace I'm wearing with the polka dot sweater is from J.Crew factory :-) Love Tanya Burr's glosses - they look amazing!

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  3. I'm a scarf-aholic lately so I'm especially loving the scarf tips. I mostly get infinity scarves (or make them into infinity scarves if they're not!) but I don't like being limited since there are so many cute scarves that are non-infinity. -Gina
    On the Daily Express

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    1. I saw your infinity sewing project - was definitely super impressed by your sewing skills! Infinity scarves are fun because they are so simple to wear :-)

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  4. Great tips! I always have a hard time with layering my shirts underneath sweaters. I always feel bulky. You look great!

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    1. Thanks Renata - before I discovered how to cuff/roll my sweaters & sleeves, I'd always wonder why my cuffs felt so tight LOL!

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  5. Thank you so much Ella, this was super helpful! I have chubby arms so I rarely am able to layer comfortably. The weather here isn't very conducive to it either, but I just love the look! And the scarf tips were great too because I don't know how to wear one other than looped around. I'll try this soon.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post Noelle - but you do NOT have chubby arms <3 Can't wait to see the scarf looks on you ;-)

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  6. Great tips! You definitely have a knack for pulling both of these off! Always so polished and perfect! Thanks for sharing with Manic Monday!
    morepiecesofme.com

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    1. Aww thanks Carylee - I'm loving your anchor sweater layered look from the other day - that was perfection!

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  7. What is your height and weight if you don't mind me asking? You figure is absolutely perfect - like model kind of perfect - seriously!!!

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    1. I promise you it's far from perfect - I'm a huge fan of Assets/Spanx shapewear :-) I'm 5'4 and my weight varies from 108-114.

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  8. Great tips!! I really like the way you layer shirts / sweaters so effortless :)

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    1. Thanks Liss - learning to cuff my sleeves has made it so much simpler for me :-)

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