VALENTINES DAY STYLE

Valentines Day Layers from ModCloth

 

Valentine's Day is a tricky day to dress for! Sure, your evening look is a piece of cake- knockout dress, chic tights, some killer heels, and a slab of red "kiss me now" lips. But what to do during the day when the temperatures are still leaning on the chilly side? To solve the problem I've teamed up with ModCloth to bring you an adorable layered look with some Layering 101 that's sure to keep you nice and toasty while still celebrating all the love in the air!

1. Empowered Professional Trench Coat // 2. We're Young at Heart Sweater // 3. Lines Around the Block Top // 4. Tier We Go Necklace // 5. Solid Sense of Style Jeans // 6. Festive Footseps Flats

Love Layers Look

My idea of Valentine's style is all about keeping it simple. You definitely don't want to look like a cheesy hallmark card that sings Cyndi Lauper's Time after Time on repeat. So for this look I choose pieces that were understated and worked very well together. I discreetly brought in the mascot of love with the heart elbow patches on this adorable heather gray pullover sweater. I also decided to go a different route with layering and ditched a traditional collared oxford with a simple boat neck tee leaving the stripes to add interest to the lower body while a delicate long layered necklace keeps the neckline clean. A classic pair of dark wash skinny jeans, some bright red velvet bow flats, and the essential trench coat finished off this classic and chic look.

Layering 101

When it comes to layering, there are a few rules that I stick to. First, I always choose two to three colours- a neutral colour for your top layer, a bold pop of colour for the middle layer, and a solid colour for the bottom. Nothing screams "crazy clown lady" more than ten different bold colours thrown together. To keep it classy this is a top rule for layering!

Secondly, a little bit of texture and pattern go a long way in creating a polished and well put together look. Take for example chambray and knits. Chambray tends to be a very rough textured material until it softens up after many MANY washings. By itself, it can at times be too harsh or stark of an item causing the wearer to look blocky. However, when you add a soft knit on top of chambray, it tones down the starkness of the cloth and adds an interesting feel and look to the outfit.

My next tip is to ensure that the fabrics you choose are not too bulky. In layering, it's extremely easy to add ten pounds to your frame by choosing the wrong cloth. To keep your look trim and streamlined, choose fabrics that lean on the lighter side, especially in your lower layer. Fabrics such as cotton, silk, chiffon and tencel would be a great choice as they don't add too much bulk. For a top layer, a great choice is cashmere or cashmere blend as these fabrics will provide additional warmth without causing usightly lumps. If you find that regardless of what you choose, a great way to streamline your look and keep it in place is a thin camisole between layers.

Finally, the fit of the garments you choose will make or break your look. Choose pants that are well fitted and tailored to your body type. Avoid the muffin top at all costs! With your tops, ensure that the item fits you well across your bust, shoulders, and waist. A slip up in this area can leave you red faced with mortification and crying in your bathtub with a pint of Ben and Jerrys. Trust me, I've been there and it's not a pretty place to be!

For more information about ModCloth and layering tips, check out their website and be sure to visit their blog while you're there! The community at ModCloth is a great place to get fashion inspiration and boost your style!

As always, thank you for reading and I will see you soon!

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