How to Layer Without Adding Bulk

September 22, 2015

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It’s almost officially fall (only one day away!) and to me, fall means layering.  Not only is it really practical because you can add/remove layers depending on the changing temps, it also is a great way to add interest to an outfit.  I especially love the look of a cozy sweater under a blazer.  I find the contrast of soft and structure very cool.  I don’t think I’ve met anyone who doesn’t like the look of layers, but I know many that get discouraged because of the unflattering bulk it can create.  And I don’t blame them.   No one wants to look way bigger than they actually are, right?  To make today’s pairings work and still remain flattering,  I layered with a sleeveless sweater.  This completely eliminated the added bulk in the arms that a typical sweater would create.  To balance the larger proportion of the boyfriend blazer/sweater combo I paired them with some really great skinny jeans (by the way, I am obsessed with these jeans! Sooooo good!).  Fitted bottoms help maintain the figure and are always flattering when paired with oversized tops (very few people can pull off head to toe volume ).

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Blazer: Banana Republic
Sweater: 3.1 Phillip Lim (Best of Budget here)
Tank Top: Helmut Lang
Jeans: Banana Republic (same style different wash)
Shoes: Christian Louboutin (similar)
Bag: Chloe (with silver hardware)
Sunglasses: Stella McCartney
Ring: Vita Fede

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  • Reply Morgan Schadegg September 22, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    I love this sweater and blazer combo! I am also a fan of layering sleeveless vests under coats and jackets for the same reason. When it’s really cold, A fur vest under a wool coat is my favorite way to keep warm!

  • Reply Carolyn September 22, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    You make skinny jeans look amazing! I’m loving that tweed blazer for fall!

  • Reply xoxobellablog September 22, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    Love the cozy sweater and blazer perfect match!

  • Reply Hailey Middleton September 22, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    I absolutely love how you paired the blazer and sweater together. The added textures between the two really add interesting details to the outfit. Looking beautiful as always!


  • Reply naimabarcelona September 23, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    I love everything you wear ‼️ Big hugs babe

  • Reply Heidi September 23, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    These are great tips! It seems like sleeveless sweaters are a big trend this fall, I can’t wait to see all of the ways you style yours!

    Wishes & Reality

  • Reply Este Es Mi Look Pao (@esteesmilookpao) September 29, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Hii Erica, nice to meet you!!!! your style is beautiful this look is amazing. kiss from Argentina 😉

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  • Reply Jada Nicola September 30, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    I love the pop of pattern from your heels! This is really a great outfit for the fall! <3

  • Reply rachel chapman January 16, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    the link for the helmut lang tank isn’t working right now. I tried it the other day and it worked fine. Can you send me the link perhaps? I want to purchase ASAP 🙂 thank you! Love your site and style XX

    • Reply erica January 16, 2016 at 8:49 PM

      Hi Rachel,

      The tank must not be available from the retailer I linked it to. I found it in a couple other colors, but not in the nude. I updated the link to another retailer. xx Erica

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