Dressed for: Playful Layers

Already Pretty outfit featuring black sweater vest, J.Crew snowcat print shirt. orange full skirt, black tights, orange bib necklace, black ECCO sculptured 65 boots

Sweater vest – thrifted – similar
Printed shirt – J.Crew (no longer available) – similar
Skirt – Banana Republic (no longer available) – VERY similar
Tights – Target (no longer available) – similar
Boots – ECCO Sculptured 65 Tall Boot
Necklace – eBay – similar
Earrings – Urban Outfitters (no longer available) – similar

While I am certainly looking forward to warmer weather, I do adore the layering options that winter affords. When it’s 90 degrees and humid, I reach for a cotton dress and sandals. Period. But during colder times, I can layer on a sweater vest and patterned tights. I’ve written a bit about layered warm weather looks and covered-up warm weather looks, but freely admit that layering is easier when temps are lower.

Do you find it easier to craft creative outfits when you can layer freely? How do you keep your warm-weather ensembles interesting?

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16 Responses to “Dressed for: Playful Layers”

  1. claire appleby

    Love the layered look….only it is a long season of layering here in the Uk at the moment and I am soooo cold and can’t remember the last time I was warm. Last summer was so awful I hardly wore a summer dress all season 🙁

  2. Janice

    Cute, very cute! You wear your clothes so well! Since I am so hippy, I think the fuller skirt would add too much bulk for me. I will just stick with my a-lines or pencils.

  3. Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

    Yes, I do miss layering when it heats up. I miss wearing tights too; they’re a fun, practical way to add color. Have you come across truly summer-weight tights?

    • Sally

      I haven’t, Patti! But then, I live in a climate with loads of humidity so the prospect of wearing any tights in summer makes me twitchy. I’m sure you’ve seen me do boots in summer, though. Love those looks!

  4. Mary

    Ha ha! Claire – last year I remember hearing of one of the wettest summers on record in the UK and being jealous because it had been 90 and dry for weeks and weeks!
    I think this illustrates what I’d like out of my weather: some change! I get by far the most bored with my wardrobe not in summer or in winter, but when the weather has been the same for weeks and weeks. That’s when I really feel as though I’ve been wearing the same thing for forever and drudgery (and un-creativity) sets in.
    But – if all goes well – maybe the Great Lakes region will warm up to the 60s in a couple weeks, and we’ll have a few days of flats without socks instead of just boots!

  5. Margaret

    Cooler weather really does help create more interesting outfits. Where I live, temperatures are in the 90s fully five months of the year. Honestly, at that point, there’s not a whole lot you can do — forget boots, forget layers, forget that oxymoron “the summer sweater.” Usually even a scarf adds more warmth than you want to bear at that point.

    I mostly wear sundresses, or T-shirts and skirts. With skirts, I can usually at least add a belt to tie things together. Earrings and necklaces are more important, too. You can wear a sunhat, but it’s so muggy that you are sure to wind up with major hat-hair; if you put the sunhat on, you’d better be committed to keeping it on the whole day. One plus is that you get to wear pretty sandals for a lot of the year instead of clunky pumps; that in turn means your pedicure becomes a must-have. Yes, when it’s that hot, nail polish counts as an accessory!

  6. Molly

    Yes! I’m a “fall” dresser by preference–lots of fitted layers and tall boots–but though I live in Seattle, where this is easy, I grew up in the tropics and hate the cold. So I love my clothes most of the time, I just don’t like the weather.

    As for summer, I don’t have any great answers, but I do have a fairly cohesive style. Thus, I wear the same layers I do the rest of the year, just without tights, coats, scarves, and boots–which is to say just the tanks, sheer sweaters, skirts, shorts, that sort of thing. Still not overly exciting, but at least it feels like “me.”

  7. Lyddiegal

    while layering can provide more styling options, I find it so much harder to want to get dressed and go out when it’s freezing. When my primary focus is keeping warm, I tend to gravitate to denim and sweaters and save the cute skirts and dresses for the warmer days.

  8. Kristin

    Tennessee seems to have a decent balance of weather most years – 4 to 5 months of warm/hot, 4 to 5 months of cool/cold, and a couple of transitional months (like now) where it can be 70 one day and 30 the next. This is my first spring/summer of really working on my outfits and I’m planning on wearing more dresses and paying attention to accessories 🙂

  9. coffeeaddict

    I so love this outfit, something about the neckline of the vest paired with the orange red shade of skirt looks so cute/preppy college style but the shirt pattern and the necklace just change the feel of the ensemble.

    I don’t layer my outfits, but I love winter because of the myriad of accessories that come with it: gloves in all possible lengths, colors and fabric; scarves; shawls; head wear; colorful socks, fingerless mittens, muffs…

  10. Marie Dolinar

    Love your outfit, Sallie! It suits perfectly on you, very lovely. Oh, by the way, I love layered clothing, it just makes me feel more fashionable than ever, wearing boots, stockings or a tight pants, a nice jacket and all, oooh. But, I must admit, Spring is my favorite season, because I’d be on a beach, wearing my most fashionable bikini, this is also where I got to wear my cotton shirts or hanging shirts, skirt, hat, shades, and of course shorts. Oh, I almost forgot, Spring is the time where I would love to wear a dress especially with the style of a floral, perfect for the season.

  11. Kristen

    I think separates for summer (fitted tees and skirts, e.g.) can be a great plan because of the added fun of mixing and matching. There’s also a lot to be said for scarves and feather-light cardigans.

    And of course summer is the time for shoe variety! During the winter I rotate between three pairs, but in summer I end up in a much broader range.

    Your skirt is beautiful! I just bought their current iteration of that shape/color and am quite looking forward to styling it.

  12. Dee

    Cute outfit! Have to admit I first thought of Halloween – at least on my computer its orange and black! I do some layering in the cooler months, mostly cardigans, blazers, belts, scarves. I love the warmer weather and usually stay cool with a pair of crops or a skirt and a printed top or tee. I do have lots of costume jewelry, some that is more summery – like turqouise – and wear jewelry every day in the summer too. I probably would get tired of summer clothes after a while – that is why having 4 seasons is more fun fashion-wise.

  13. Alison

    Oh my goodness, great minds think alike. I wore the very same skirt yesterday! Sadly I lost my memory card on the commute so no proof of us being twinsies. YOu can rock patterned and textured tights like a champ, a perfect touch to this outfit!

  14. Sarah

    I love the slightly prim silhouette of this outfit; the contrast between that and the zippy orange and the black patterns.

    And yes, layering lets me create more interesting outfits. Summer in the midwest is NOT layering weather.