It's mid-December and you've got your layering game down to a tee. Over-sized sweaters are going on top of short summer dresses, turtlenecks are popped underneath strapless frocks, berets are being perched on top of knit cardigan combos, and plaid shirts balance out their sheer dress partners. You're a natural now, an absolute genius when it comes to making your winter outfits sparkle and fizz...and not murk and muddle and drag you down.
But...how about your button up shirts? Other than popping them underneath pinafores and jumpsuits, have you been letting this classic piece have its own time in the spotlight? It's tempting to just tuck it into a skirt or let it hang over a pair of high waist jeans, but there are more interesting way to wear it that you might not have thought of before.
And that is to layer it on top of lace. Take one or two crochet/ lace numbers from your summer days and button one of your collared blouses on top of the combination. Tie the shirt into a knot at the hem to give it a crop top effect, and let the juxtaposition of the cozy blouse and the delicate lace move this look into a nice outfit into an ah-mazing one. Then, add a fur collar or a chunky infinity scarf on top to both polish off the look and round out the winter mood.
What do you think- would you try this? This southwestern top is actually a super old piece in my closet, and I was just about to toss it before I thought of pairing it this way. Since I'm not overly attached to it, I was thinking of also hemming it into a longer crop top (where the bottom will hit just an inch bellow my belly button) so I don't have to mess around with knotting it. I think it'll help it look a tad more polished/ less busy that way, too!
PS: Want more layering posts like this? Check out: A Sweater Layering Trick That Might Change Everything, Tips on How to Style Blanket Scarves: There's More Than One Way!, and Tips on How to Play With Contrasts in Your Outfit
SHIRT: Thrifted (vintage similar: here)
LACE TOPS: Urban Outfitters (store similar: here (only $14!), here (only $20!) | vintage similar: here)
JEANS: American Apparel
BOOTIES: TJ Maxx (store similar: here | vintage similar: here)
HAT: Urban Outfitters (store similar: here)
PURSE: Thrifted (vintage similar: here, here- only $30!)
FUR COLLAR: c/o New Old Fashion Vintage (vintage similar: here)