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LayerWear Basics

August 24th, 2011


Layering should be fun and shouldn’t have to be a nightmare. I find it most exciting when the end result of layering turns out to be better than I expected, like I couldn’t believe that I just created something like it. I guess that goes for every art form. I decided to keep it simple today, however. You can’t really do much layering during summer because it’s just too hot out. Some do it with accessories—layering necklaces and bracelets, stacking rings, etc. I have here a layering pencil skirt in camel given to me by LayerWear Basics. With it, I wore a tunic that’s too short to wear on its own with bare legs. What I like about this skirt is that it’s sturdy, but it’s not too thick for the summer. I’ve had my share of cheap and low-quality materials in clothes sent to me from all over the Web, but I was really impressed by the quality of this material. I like that it’s fitted everywhere and goes straight down, so it doesn’t distract attention away from my main article of clothing, the tunic.

There are different types of layering. In the broadest sense, layering involves two things: 1) adding complexity to an outfit and 2) concealing areas of your body. Layering shells are designed to be covert, concealing areas of the body you don’t want to show for various reasons. They usually go underneath a low neckline shirt, a shirt that’s too short and shows the front of your tummy or your back—what have you. Whatever your reasons are, if you need some basic layering pieces, LayerWear Basics is a good place to start. They don’t have a wide selection (just 1 top, 2 skirts, and 1 dress), but they do have a variety of colors for each of their pieces. When you think about it, those things are about all you really need for basic layering—hence their name.

Below is a photo of the skirt I was wearing in black taken from their Web site. This skirt is designed to be easily folded around the tummy to adjust length without adding too much bulk around the tummy. Of course, who wants to look like they’re pregnant when they’re not? I was able to get a couple of folds from this skirt without looking like I had even a food baby. It clings pretty tight around your skin to accomplish that, but it is very comfortable.

 

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12 Responses to “LayerWear Basics”

  1. Kailey

    Absolutely love this!

  2. Heidi

    I love your dress! So cute! :)

  3. Cheryl

    I love your tunic, Rach! The flower headband on your hair gave the whole look an earthy touch to it too. :)

  4. Laura Kim Connell

    That tunic is spectacular and I love your outdoor photo shoot. That skirt looks like a wonderful basic to have in your closet.

  5. Victoria / Justice Pirate

    Looks nice layered this way. You make everything look lovely though.

  6. Sandy a la Mode

    love love love your colorful top sweetie!!

  7. Lilly

    Thank you so much for this practical tip. You helped me wear some neglected dresses in my closet. :)

  8. brisallie

    Love your blouse!!! I used to wear ethnic blouses when Im in the beach :)

    Just i want to ask you something: What is modest fashion? Honestly until now i dont understand very well that concept. I think i wear modest but im not so sure.

  9. Rachel @ à la Modest

    How Brisallie,

    Thanks for asking that! Modesty can be defined in so many ways, but the kind of modesty that I carry is all about not letting yourself be an objection of lust through your clothing. There are lots of valuable reasons for this, reasons that a lot of women don’t quite understand. For one, most women think that when men “check out” women, they think only of them and no one else or that these men actually care about the women they are gawking at. Truth is, when men do this and you entice them to through your choice in clothing, you are adding to the problem that a lot of men have—their constant lust for multiple women’s bodies, without care of having a meaningful relationship with one.

    I hope that is a good summary of the kind of modesty in clothing I believe in. I’m not a minimalist with style or colors, as you can see. I like to be as creative and bold as possible, without drawing attention in the wrong (sexually aggressive) way.

  10. memphis tiger

    This layering dress is very very nice. Layering skits and tops are adding beauty to your dress.

  11. brisallie

    Thanks for your answer and I’ve realized we have the same idea about MODESTY :) I’m always worried about men’s gaze because some of them are not discrete or try to be but they’re not. So if I wear shorts with a large top to balance everything and the same the other way around: a low cut tshirt with long pants or jeans and jacket :p

    And personally I really like your style, because modesty is not synonym of boredom, although im still looking for mine.

    PD:sorry my english but Im a spanish native speaker.

  12. Tracy

    This is cute! I like the skirt underneath that tunic..my sis would wear the tunic alone as a dress; I do believe she needs some lessons from you! ;)

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