I often get compliments about layering and requests for help.  Here are some tips to create interesting outfits from your own pieces.

Of course the easy way to layer is to wear a coat/jacket over a blouse or sweater.


But layering becomes more complicated when you need extra layers and the lengths are all different.  Here are some tips for getting a unique look that is also practical.


In the picture above I’m wearing a lightweight blouse under a burgundy open front cardi (the color ties in with my boots) over this I’m wearing a long cardi, and over this I have a sleeveless leather vest.  It’s a perfect look for a cold day but you can peel off once the temperature warms or you go inside.  Don’t be afraid of the longer cardi between the shorter one and the vest, as well as providing extra warmth the longer length helps to draw the eye down and take away from the bulk ;D


Above I’m wearing another outfit that demonstrates layering techniques.  We started the day early and the air was very chilly…brrr!  I am wearing a long sleeved tee under a silk shirt with a velvet hoody over and a roomy cardigan over the top.


When the sun came out off came the layers!  What makes this layered look effective is the use of different textures within one color palette and also introducing one longer layer to elongate the body.



Another layered look and ways to look stylish as you strip off by tying the sweater around your waist or your neck.


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Above I’m wearing a dress over jeans underneath the same long cardi and sleeveless leather vest as before.  The versatility of this look is that the dress loose tucks into my jeans and hey presto I have a different silhouette…

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Layering is not necessarily done to achieve warmth.  Sometimes it can be used as a device to add interest.

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An open cardi worn over a very fine blouse adds textural interest to a simple outfit.

Another tip for layering pieces is to think about order of wear…for instance this denim shirt jacket looks equally good under a sweater or over another blouse or tee.

Style Philosophy:  use imagination to produce different looks from the same pieces. Rotating your separates can provide hundreds of different looks from a surprisingly few basics.

I hope that you have found this post helpful and interesting.  To shop my wardrobe there are links in all the previous posts that feature these looks.  Thanks for stopping by.  Sarah x



Author: Sarah - Badass Baby Boomer ;)

Baby Boomer speaks for itself, yes I am a woman of a certain age ;) Why Badass? I have Rock & Roll in my DNA, coupled with some Punk Attitude and a (Lovin) Spoonful of Hippie Chic. Altogether BABB ;O The blog is not intended to be age specific, or indeed age appropriate! It is more about my style philosophy. The blog is to help girls and women of all ages to become more confident in expressing who they are through the way they dress. Mine are style tips and tricks based on years of styling, and an extensive knowledge of the fashion industry. My shopping advice is suitable for those with a limited budget, those who are strapped for cash, and for the lucky ones who have cash to splash. Personally I mix it up, marrying high street with high end to achieve my unique look. I hope that you will enjoy my new blog, Sarah x

6 thoughts on “Layering…”

  1. Sarah I do believe you are the Queen of layering!
    I often get everything tangled up, but you wear it all so effortlessly!
    super post as usual thank you for sharing!
    very best wishes

  2. Still love your badass style, hot mama!
    This is Nino from polyvore that screwed us all in such a low-class way recently.
    Fantastic blog! I’ll be returning to keep up with your fabulous looks and tips. Keep stylin’

    1. Hi Nino, what a great surprise to see you here. Thanks so much for taking the trouble to find me and for your lovely comment. I know, what a shafting we got from PV, makes me mad!!! Take care and hope to see you here or on Insta in the future. Hugs, Sarah xxx

  3. You are indeed, a layering goddess! It never dawned on my to use a long cardigan under a short vest to elongate everything. Duh. Thanks for the tips!

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