A SWEATER LAYERING TRICK THAT MIGHT CHANGE EVERYTHING

Nov 16, 2014

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I'm going to go ahead and state the obvious here: fall weather brings two things to mind:

      1.) Spiced beverages steaming out of big, hand-warming cups
      2.)  and thick, cozy sweaters

I want you to look down at what you're wearing right now- just put down the cup of tea and give your front a quick glance. Chances are you're wearing some form of sweater right now, am I right? Maybe a little fisherman number, or perhaps a chunky wool cardigan? Some form or other.

Having said that, I understand it can be extremely easy to fall into that lazy sweater trap. You roll out of bed and as you shuffle your way to the closet you can practically hear the frost trailing its icy fingers across your window- taunting you. Trying to keep the panic at bay, you get into your jeans, wool socks, and cable knit as quickly as possible, letting pneumonia know it won't get you that day. I live in the Midwest- trust me when I say I feel you. And trust me when I say that its usually instinct to go into survival mode and push fashion to the back of your mind.


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But we're forgetting one thing here: layers. You don't need to give up your lazy sweater choices. You just need to jazz them up a bit so the rest of us just think you tried this morning. And what's my go-to layering move right now to spice up these cable knits and fisherman sweaters? 

Easy: summery, lacy tops.

Sounds counter-intuitive, am I right? That's exactly why it works so well. The secret to moving your outfit from a good outfit and upgrading it into an amazing outfit is playing with a little juxtaposition. You have a thick, heavy material? Play it up by piling on some lace in delicate colors underneath. It's unexpected and completely charming. And here's another quick tip: to make the bottom look full and extra peplum-y, layer two lace/crochet shirts on top of each other, giving you more texture and volume to work with. This only works if the tops are either 1) asymmetrical or 2) different lengths. So go ahead- give it a go :)


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PS: Want more fall layering inspiration? Check out a few of these other posts:  Layering 101: 10 Tips on How to Layer for Fall, Layering 101: 10 Layering Ideas for Fall, and Layering 101: Transitioning Summer Pieces into Fall

I'm curious- what was your most genius fall layering move to date? Come on and inspire us :)

PPS: I got featured on Gentri Lee's Know Your Style feature today- come check it out and learn how I get my styling inspiration!


OUTFIT-DETAILS
SWEATER: stolen from brother (vintage similar: here in white, here in white, here in white)
JEANS: American Apparel
LACE TOPS: Urban Outfitters (store similar: here (only $14!), here (only $20!) | vintage similar: here)
BOOTIES: Marshals
HAT: thrifted
BACKPACK: c/o La Polue Noire
NECKLACES: Urban Outfitters and Cocorrina

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40 comments :

  1. Pretty look! I really like how your layered it with the ruffles peaking out! & Your necklace is sooo cute~

    xx Sera | STARDUSTBOHEMIAN.COM
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  2. You blog is definitely my go-to for this cold season! You rock layers like no other. I am especially fond of this ensemble - the cable knit sweater looks amazing over the white billowy top! I'm not sure how well I can pull this look off, but I'll give it a whirl for sure. I also love the tip about juxtaposition, makes so much sense!

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  3. I'm totally wearing my boyfriend's college hoodie right now. I clearly need to step up my sweater game. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  4. I love this outfit, Marlen! Especially the lacy top underneath-- what a clever way to wear it in the fall :) You look gorgeous, and as usual I love this ensemble. You nailed it!

    Simplicity Relished

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  5. Beautiful, creative, inspiring - as always! :)

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  6. I used to do that! I really love how asymmetrical tops look under sweaters. But I've been soooo lazy about getting dressed in general, especially since it's so cold outside. I have to start doing this again!

    becky ♡ star violet

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  7. Two thumbs up and a round of applause.

    Rachel

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  8. I love sweaters and cardigans, they can easily be my uniform during fall. Since I moved to a place that gets chillier, I've been excited to wear them, now I need more.. lol

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  9. I can definitely fall into that lazy sweater trap! Love this styling idea, Marlen- looks ultra cool :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  10. Like the sweater and its color very much!
    Also wanted to tell you that I enjoyed reading the content of your blog and was inspired by your pictures! It's always great to get some inspiration from looks which are not your primary fashion style! :) Long story short, I think your have a good blog! ;)
    X
    Marky
    www.mypinkboudoir.eu

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  11. Love it! I totally thought they were actually attached as one piece at first, that's how perfect they look together. You always have the best layering ideas~~

    Gina
    Pink Wings

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  12. Your hat is so adorable - love this whole look! Always on point (:

    - Deniz
    www.dressedupdeniz.com

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  13. Aww, I love that hat! You look amazing!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  14. Chapeau! This is such a cute look. I'd never have thought of layering two tops underneath a sweater, but it works! Who would have thought...Thanks for the great tip.

    Jasmin xx

    http://www.whatdefinesus.com

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  15. Sweaters and cardigans are the best thing about fall and winter. I don't know what I'd do without them! You look fabulous!

    -Marie x

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  16. I love your style of writing so much! You are so funny and gorgeous. Great post :)
    - C
    Claudine Converses

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  17. Oh I really love this idea, it looks so adorable! I've seen a couple of tops around that are made to look similar but hadn't thought to try creating the look myself at home with pieces I already own. You've definitely inspired me to give it a try. You look perfect in this outfit!

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  18. Stealing from our brothers seems to be trend with us, haha. I love this sweater idea - it looks like you tried, which is more than I did today.

    http://lamentinglizzie.blogspot.com

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  19. I was just trying outfits on this past Saturday, because yes, I'm a nerd and that's what I do! ;) And I layered my favourite lace tunic under a sweater and was so in love with the results. A new favourite for sure!! Your outfit is divine here, Marlen. Absolutely love it to bits!! As for spiced beverages and cozy sweaters?! Oh my gosh, bring it! xoxo

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  20. Wow what a perfect outfit!! I love your sweater and boots and the lace top underneath is really cute too! :) you look very pretty <3

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  21. Love this layered look. The lace is such a beautiful touch and I agree with your tips on how to create a chic look with layers :)

    lovejoanna.com

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  22. super:) xx
    Bianka
    http://ruhamania.blogspot.hu/

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  23. ah, i love the contrast between your lace top and the sweater! and your necklaces look so pretty, all in all this is pretty much the perfect autumn outfit:-) xx

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  24. I just picked up some thick, winter sweaters over the weekend! I have one top that I am already thinking of layering it with. I love the green in this outfit, it is just lovely on you!

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  25. I totally agree with you that it's been so easy just staying in the sweater rut. I love this layering look to spice up that sweater look! :) You look great!

    betheplebeian.com

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  26. Cute look!
    http://www.hiteastyle.com

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  27. I really need to get better at this layering thing! Like you said, it is soo easy to fall in the lazy sweater trap! I recently moved from Los Angeles to England and the weather are miles apart. It is my first proper fall and I need to get my instincts back and get better with my style in this fall weather. =) Thanks for reminding me there is hope!

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  28. Thanks for the comment on my blog!

    This is such an amazing look adore the way you have layered all the lace underneath!!

    CLAIRELOUISE

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  29. I love this outfit, like you said, the juxtaposition between the lace and the knitwear looks really interesting and stylish. I'll try these tips with knitted tank tops- I live in the tropics so we don't have seasons here, but god I MISS FALL (I used to live in the UK).

    The way you layered your necklaces also looks flawless. Love it!

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

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  30. Love your sweater - perfect layering and I love the cable knit. The hat is such an awesome addition as well. x E

    Elizabeth Victoria Clark

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  31. Where are those "praise hands" emoji for the keyboard? Haha, preach it Marlon!
    Love your mix of a lacy summer top and thick knit winter sweater. All about that juxtaposition, just like you said :)

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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  32. I took a quick glimpse to what I'm wearing right now: yellow hoodie and kitten slippers. :D I guess sweaters aren't as comfy as a hoodie :D
    I think the summer top + winter sweaters is the perfect way to spice up any outfit. I love your ensemble here, the booties are spot on ^_^

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  33. Loving that sweater. The textures and the color are perfect! Congrats on the feature, too! :D

    - Anna

    www.melodicthriftychic.com

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  34. Beautiful! what lip color are you wearing??

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  35. What a great idea! I'm totally going to try this. "New" outfits and I'll get more use out of my summer clothes too. Your outfit is adorable! I love your style, you are always such an inspiration.

    xo, Serli
    www.lesoleilchic.blogspot.com

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  36. I'm loving that romantic lacy top flowing out from underneth your sweater!!!! Swooning!
    xoxo
    Taylor

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  37. I've been going through I what I missed I ve been a bit away from the blogosphere and this is the first one I m gonna stop by. Really like ur look here. And I m glad to see u are going more and more creative. I've been missing that for myself. xx

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  38. You are so right. I really need to knock off the boring sweater thing I've got going on here.

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