We’ve looked at the concept of layering through a number of lenses — aesthetic, technical, practical — over the years. Now seems a good time to review and consolidate our discussions.
Layering is all about that third piece.
Why do you think I have such a fondness for bustiers, aprons, tanks and printed camisoles, and large scarves?
That is not a rhetorical question. The third piece elevates the simple combination of a blouse and pants. Or, it mediates the relationship between a top and a jacket.
This black tank may appear simple upon first glance, but it presents lot of visual interest upon closer, 360 degree examination: white top stitching, cut-outs, wonderful seaming that gives it distinct shape.
I highly recommend assembling a little selection of such layering garments: one black, one white (or off-white), one in your favorite color, and a couple in irresistible prints. Et voila! You will have a suite of layering pieces.
Now, on to other business.
I am pre-suffering the loss of this blouse. What will I do when these dotted-Swiss tuxedo blouses from JCrew disintegrate? I bought two in white and one in black in 2012 and I wear them ALL THE TIME. I have no back-up plan.
Come closer, my pet, and note the top-stitching, gathering, and seaming.
Despite the volume of the pseudo-peplum, the top is flattering – in part because these cut-outs create the impression of a narrow ribcage or waist.
In early March, I wore this with my sunny corduroy jacket. Some might wonder why I would hide all of these details under a jacket. Well, I know that they are there. And, some of the details are still visible. The top-stitching shows and the volume created by the seams is only partially constrained by the jacket.
I published this post a day early; stragglers should be sure to read Monday’s post, too. Enjoy the rest of the week and have a great weekend!
Tank: 3.1 Phillip Lim from YOOX (still available, but I paid less for mine and think it will be marked down again); Blouse and jeans: JCrew; Blazer: Rose A Pois; Shoes: Coach; Bag: Orla Kiely; Watch (not visible but I know it’s there): Shinola Birdy
* We have just passed the one year anniversary of the loss that I did not think I could absorb — the death of Harper — and though I miss her very much, every time I think of her I feel happy rather than sad. I find this surprising. Has anyone else had this experience?