7 Items, 12 Outfits And The Art of Layering

by Milana

This is a guest post by the stunningly beautiful Anne – an absolute source of inspiration. Anne is the author and creator of a daily blog anne’s-âneries; a collection of thoughts, opinions and dreams from a straight talking girl with a lust for leopard print and cardigans. 

Fashion is important to me but so is shopping to my means. This is something that I have had to learn to grasp. Owning an array of clothes with funds that are stretched to their limit (and beyond) is not a good look! One way that I have learnt to widen my wardrobe without going out of pocket is through layering. The pictures below will show how I took four tops and three dresses and made twelve outfits.

The Clothes

Tops: White T-shirt [H&M], Leopard Print Cardigan [Thrift Store], White Shirt [Zara], Black and Blue Print Jumper [Beacon’s Closet] Dresses: Turquoise Mini [Primark], Black and Purple Mini [American Apparel], Leopard Print Dress [H&M]

This turquoise mini looks great worn as it is, but, even better layered. At just £11 this dress was a fabulous steal. The colour is a gorgeous compliment to bronzed summer skin.

I have owned this purple and black dress for about five years and even though I no longer wear it as it is, I rock it often as a base for the rest of my wardrobe.

I love this leopard print dress! It looks fab by itself and is such fun to layer. I enjoy using contrasting prints, especially other animal print tops. Because the sleeves are long, is doesn’t look right with a T-shirt pulled over the top, which is why I used the open white shirt as a cover up.

All of these looks are easily adaptable for every season; pull on tights and boots or brave the naked leg and sandal look.

Thoughts for Layering 

Tight fitting dresses create a gorgeous silhouette and are the dresses that I find the easiest to adapt to the rest of my wardrobe. Before throwing unwanted clothes away, look through your closet as you may be about to get rid of the perfect layering item you never knew you had! Get creative with your wardrobe: Recycle pieces and start experimenting.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Sherin August 16, 2011 at 9:56 am

She’s amazing at layering. I really need to learn how to do it properly.


annesaneries August 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Thanks! I really don’t feel that there is a proper way of doing it, it is all about experimenting. It defo works best with a more fitted base and then you work up from there. Give it a go, you’ll surprise yourself I’m sure! xx


Gem August 16, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Great piece Anne’s-Aneries, you’ve inspired me to go and tackle my wardrobe with your advice in mind!


frigid flamingo August 16, 2011 at 11:27 pm

loves the green mini dress and white tee, am sooo stealing this summer style to take me through to autumn!


anna August 23, 2011 at 6:45 am

I really like the dresses. Esp. the monochrome print ones.
Great idea with layering. Esp. with uncertain weather like what’s in San Francisco.
I think this kind of fashion is something French women do superbly. They have an intuition for accessorizing and making the same 5 outfits looks completely different or appropriate for different occasions just by changing necklaces, shoes, handbags, hair styles etc. Something I’m definitely trying to learn


annesaneries August 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Thanks Anna! British weather and low funds are what inspired me to layer. I think you are so right about French women, I am lucky to have a French mother and granny to look up on! xx


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