I love to layer. It is innate in me. Layering breathes new life and perspectives into pieces. It makes you think and play a bit, expanding straightforward thinking within one's style. Not only does it push creativity, it is practical. In a society where multi-tasking devices and items are as good as gold, why not have pieces in our wardrobe that aim at the same goal? Not to mention, increasing the number of looks I can squeeze out of one item makes my wallet (and husband) very happy.
Take this Madewell cover-up dress. First of all, the pattern is to die for. Inspired by southwestern needlework, (you had me at western) the zigzag pattern transports me to a technicolor mountain dream. Made out of a lightweight cotton, this midi dress is made to be thrown over swimwear or a bandeau and the boardwalk is transformed into a casual catwalk. From the boardwalk planks to the pavement squares, I wanted to work this dress into an easy, daytime look.
I started with this bien fait forward-seam tee from Madewell. Bien fiat means "made well" in French. I must admit the play on words brought me back to those middle school days when my first act of styling was buying a Gap fitted, grey cap sleeve t-shirt with "G A P" embroidered in a semi-circle in bold navy thread. It was quite the step up from my New York Liberty basketball jersey and noisy, swish pants. You could hear me from a mile away! The free flowing, boxy fit of this tee compliments the swing silhouette of the dress. I sized up in the shirt to acquire a bit more length. When layering a tee or shirt over a dress, be mindful of the tightness. I prefer a more baggy look on most days, but in this case, a more boxy, baggy fit is necessary. If this shirt was more narrow it would cause the dress to stick out in an unflattering shape. The goal is to have a seamless line. The shirt should not disrupt or confine the dress silhouette.
To tie it all together, (see what I did there??) I added this destroyed denim shirt from Nordstrom. This shirt is what denim dreams are made of... lightweight, a touch of distressing, 100% cotton, my heart just swoons! The lack of structure allows it to drape nicely when tied around the waist. In order to preserve the seamless line, I haphazardly tucked in the t-shirt. For me, the denim shirt breaks up the look a bit and adds the illusion of a waist. My waist resides at my ears. No joke. Tying the denim shirt below my hips gives me a proportional, flattering look.
Tousle my hair, dive my toes in a pair of slip-on sneakers and I am ready to bien vivre in my bien fiat!