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How to Layer With Dresses, Avoiding Bulk and Shapelessness This Fall

How to Layer With Dresses, Avoiding Bulk and Shapelessness This Fall

You do not need to put away your dresses during fall and winter. Instead, you can layer dresses with clothing and shoes to elevate your outfit while keeping warm. Transform your summer dress into a fall and winter outfit by layering it with inner clothes, outer clothes, and accessories. 

Let’s explore ways to use the three layering techniques with summer dresses for fall and winter.  

Adding Inner Layers Under the Dress

One of the best ways to layer the dress is to find items you can wear under it to make the dress a statement piece, such as:

  • Turtle necks
  • Blouses and shirts
  • Tights, socks, pants, onesies

Turtle Necks to Layer With Dresses

A creative way to layer a dress is to wear a classical turtle neck under a dress. To keep warm, you can wear woolen or cashmere turtle necks. You can avoid bulkiness and shapelessness by maintaining a simple fall and winter theme by sticking to neutral colors such as black, white, grey, brown, or beige. 

An important fashion tip to consider is balancing out the dress and turtle neck textures, fabrics, complementary colors, patterns, and prints to create a more distinct layering effect. To avoid bulkiness and shapelessness, ensure that you use a properly fitted long-sleeved turtle neck over a thicker or loose dress to create a slim and toned silhouette. 

Blouses and Shirts

Another styling tip is wearing blouses or shirts under a dress. You can wear silk or cotton blouses, especially strappy dresses or short-sleeved V-neck dresses. They help to keep you warm while elevating your look from casual summer to formal fall outfits.  

Apart from blouses, button-down shirts and T-shirts can offer an additional creative flair to layering fall outfits. To keep warm and avoid shapelessness, you should layer fitted cotton, cashmere, silk, or knit shirts and T-shirts underneath dresses. You can also avoid bulkiness by maintaining a monochrome outfit or wearing sheer blouses, shirts, or T-shirts. 

Tights, Socks, Pants, Onesies

Fall is the best time to layer dresses with tights and socks before the temperatures become too cold and frosty in winter. If you want to stay simple, you can wear black, brown, or beige tights and socks under your dress to keep you warm while adding a flair of elegance to your look. However, you can also create a romantic and edgy look by wearing lace. Alternatively, showcase your playful and youthful side by incorporating fun monograms and patterns. 

Add additional layers, such as cotton pants and onesies, under your dress when the weather becomes cold and frosty. You have to option of going simple in neutral colors such as black, brown, or beige or spicing up the look with complementary prints and patterns.

To avoid bulkiness and shapelessness, you should wear tight or fitted tights, socks, pants, and onesies. You should also wear tights, socks, pants, and onesies created from thin yet warm fabric such as cotton, nylon, leather, suede, and polyester spandex.

Adding Outer Layers Over the Dress

Another major tip for styling dresses for fall and winter is adding overcoats that keep you warm and elegant. You can add overcoats such as;

  • Jackets
  • Sweaters
  • Coats

If you want an edgy yet elegant look while staying warm, you can throw on long outercoats such as leather jackets, wool sweaters, fur coats, or gabardine trench coats. However, when the temperature is cool, you can throw on outercoats that are cropped or created from light cotton, plastic, and PVC. 

To avoid bulkiness and shapeless, you can stick to fitted tailored outercoats. You should also avoid clashing prints and patterns and stick to neutral colors such as black, brown, and beige or maintain a monochromatic look.

Use Accessories to Layer With Dresses

If appropriately used, accessories can help you avoid bulkiness and shapelessness by creating a slim and toned silhouette. Accessories include:

  • Belts
  • Scarves
  • Shoes
  • Jewelry
  • Bags

Place a belt over a jacket, sweater, blazer, or coat to give an illusion of an hourglass figure. When styling scarves, you should avoid having both ends hanging down. Instead, have one end shorter or wrapped around with only one end hanging to create a slimmer silhouette. 

You can create an edgy and elegant look with thigh-high boots, ankle boots, and high heels, or go casual in sneakers and lace-up combat boots. Avoid bulkiness and shapelessness by sticking to shoes in neutral colors such as white, black, grey, brown, and beige. However, you can add flair and fun by wearing satin, suede, or PVC shoes. 

When it comes to jewelry, avoid bulky horizontal pieces such as Cuban chains and chokers. Instead, go for simple necklaces with long strands. You may also need to keep it simple and only wear one statement bracelet or watch that complements your necklaces instead lots of jewelry pieces. 

Bags can also elevate your outfit and enhance your slim and toned silhouette. An important tip is avoiding shoulder bags with long straps; instead, opt for bags such as totes and clutches because they follow the slim silhouette. 

Learn More About Using a Layer With Dresses

Suppose you want to layer your summer dresses for fall and winter; you should consider exploring our website at Family Britches. We have mood boards, blogs, and articles that offer styling tips for laying dresses during fall and winter. Learn more and purchase clothing for layering dresses from us today.

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