Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fighting the Frump: Layers and Layers

As I look through photos of my favorite fall looks, I realize they all have one thing in common: layers and layers. I have one problem with this look. My under layers are pathetic. 

Here's a little confession: most days, I can't take off my cardigan because my tank has a hole in it. Then there are those mornings I think, Eh I can get one more wear out of this tee with a strategically placed scarf. I could go on and on...
j. crew

The fact is, the under layers need some love too. Here are some of my favorites that do double-duty: they look great on their own, and they'll help you build the perfect layers for fall.

Start off with a couple super soft basics from James Perse

Add a little color and some drape with simple tees from Splendid

And remember: under layers don't have to be boring. Throw in a little fun with these tops from Ella Moss

Hope you're having a great week! 

UPDATE: Our friends at Splendid are offering you a 20% discount on all full-priced items on their shop. Simply use the discount code SPLDHOL2010 at checkout. (Offer valid 11/4-11/7). Happy Shopping!


Jill GG (good life for less) said...

Oh Chris! Such lovely inspiration! The good thing about layering is that sometimes you can use old stuff underneath, but it is necessary to update it every once in a while - these are great options! Love them all!

Michelle said...

Slendid is a great company to shop for under layers. The items are usually more that I would spend for tees and tanks but so worth it because they are so, so soft and comfy.

lila said...

so true... I have the same exact problem myself! i am not a great dresser and even with help i do struggle to put things tog. and look nice on them...whats to do?
thanks for the helpful hints today!
lovely blog by the way!!

Daphne said...

Absolutely agree. I just purchased a few long sleeve plain thin tops as layering basis. Since these will be layered upon I like to spend very little. Good places for basic tops in variety of colors is stores like 'Closet', 'Forever 21', H&M and newport news catalog. Alloy and Delia's also have good prints as well. I love catalog shopping. Much easier with kids.

Jackie said...

Girl, I have the same sorry under layers as you do! Holes, stains, you name it...definitely in need of an update too. Only mine have to come from the Target price-point!