Layers aren't only for winter
You may have heard in school that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and your clothing and accessories are an area where you can see that principle in action. One of the best ways to make your outfits more interesting is to layer, wearing items on top of each other and creating an outfit that's way better than each of the parts would be separately. The best part about layering is that there aren't many rules, which means you can develop your own unique style and show off your personality through each of your layers.
Start with versatile basics
Your base layers are ones that don't need to draw much attention, but do need to be versatile. Just like you pick a background color when you're creating an art project, you also need to have a background for your outfits. This may be a pair of leggings, skinny jeans, or a long camisole. These items don't go out of style, which means you can wear them for several years without worrying about whether you're keeping up with fashions. In general, your base layers should be fairly snug to leave room for additional layers.
Add pieces that pop
The top layers are where you can really have fun and show off your personality. Play with different colors, textures and patterns. Sheer tops are cute on top of colored camisoles, and you can even add a vest or blazer to give an extra punch of style. When the weather cools down, wear a chunky knit sweater off your shoulder with a tank top peeking out underneath. On the bottom, bring back the '80s with fun socks or leg warmers, or opt for a high-fashion style with a pair of tall boots over your leggings.
Don't forget about accessories
Layering isn't just for clothes. With accessories as well, the more the better! Feel free to wear a dozen or more bangles, or even a tighter bright-colored wristband under some glitzy metal bracelets. Around your neck, start with a simple chain or choker with a pendant and then add longer necklaces. Many of the necklaces available for tweens or adults let you show off your personality and interests, so get some that let people know what you're about. Pile on the rings too, and don't forget to wear a headband or hat to finish off your outfit!
--Brooke of Belts and Bangles
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