How I Wear My: Layers

How I Wear My: Layers

Welcome to 45th post in the How I Wear My series!

Most people I know rely on layers to be comfortable, look stylish and even change their look throughout the day by adding or peeling off layers.

Layers are not only practical, adding lightweight warmth during the sometimes-chilly early spring weather, they are an easy way to project a bit of your personality and style into any outfit, so they seemed perfect for a “How I Wear My” post in April.

As always, my lovely How I Wear My partner and dear friend, Jill of Everything Just So, gets us started.

Here Jill is visiting the Brooklyn Museum. She says, “I love Ancient Near Eastern art so it was a treat to stop for a picture in front of this Assyrian relief from 883-859 BC that once lined the walls of a huge palace of the king. I am wearing a J. Crew sweater and coat with an Old Navy tank top underneath, a velveteen scarf, a Chanel pendant, and carrying an MZ Wallace bag. My friend and photographer, Gwynne, thought I should hold my bag out in front of me like the genie in the relief is doing so I went for it!”

He looks like he might have layered look going on, too, Jill!

Layers, Winged Genie1

Ana of Mrs. American Made wears four layers in this darling red look. She says, “I layer to keep warm on cooler spring days or when the temperature drops in fall, but I like to keep these layers thin so as not to add bulk. Here I am wearing four layers on top – a #madeinUSA base layer top by Adea; “The Shirt” in white by Rochelle Behrens; blue/red striped sweater by American Apparel; classic red trench by Nanette Lepore; with Citizens of Humanity “Ava” skinny jeans.”


Ruthie of Ruthie Darling wears a vintage indian sari over a net petticoat with a light jacket on top. She tells us, “I picked up this sweet little dress, which is actually half of an Indian suit, at the Goodwill for $10.”

What a great find and I love the pattern and texture mixing in this layered look.


Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun shows us her spring layers. She’s wearing a lavender gingham shirt with a tee underneath and a moto jacket on top and says, “As the day goes on and our California temperatures rise, the layers peel off!”


Nancy, stepmother to Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style, was styled by Jodie for this layered look. Jodie says, “I styled my 60’s model, Nancy (she’s my step-mom) for our dressy plaid post by layering a long sleeve black t-shirt under her short sleeve black dress! Then I threw on the plaid scarf and she’s ready for a fabulous night on the town!!!”


Helen of Valley of the Shoes tells us, “I’m crazy about jumpsuits this spring, so it’s the foundation for my layers during the transitional weather.”

She’s wearing a sleeveless jumpsuit that she’s had since 2008 and says, “it’s a dream to layer and have fun with and the fabric is like silk twill, so it easily transitions into a dressier outfit with a texture-rich jacket and peep-toe booties.”

I love this layered look – it’s modern and looks so comfortable, giving off an effortlessly chic vibe!


Linda of A Labour of Life tell us, “Layers and Canadian winters and springs just go hand in hand. Layers and Canada is like ice cream and chocolate sauce or wine with cheese: you just cannot have one without the other.”

Here she wears a chambray shirt dress with a camisole underneath and a faux fur vest over the top. She finished off the look with a great hat, lots of pearls, leggings and boots.

Looks like it’s still winter in Linda’s part of Canada. Here’s hoping spring weather comes your way soon, Linda!


Nora of Jacket Society is wearing Jacket Society Monterey jacket in a teal and black boucle over a soft lace top from Zara and wider legged 7 For All Man Kind jeans for a ladylike denim look.

That gorgeous necklace really pulls this beautiful layered look together!


Beth M. of Long.Leggy.Lovin’ It! says, “Since I’m rather tall (6’2”), putting together a well-fitting, layered outfit can be a challenge. My base layer is a spaghetti-strap midi dress from Loft’s tall line. I added a “non-tall” size button-up shirt from Lucky and tied it to define my waist. My last layer is a denim jacket from Hudson’s tall line. I love that the white button-up still gives me plenty of coverage on a brisk spring day even if I take my jacket off.”

Being 6′ 2″ myself, I love discovering Beth and her blog! I think I need that denim jacket – look at those long sleeves and that great fit! As Beth shows, a well-fitting denim jacket is an excellent layering essential.


Cynthia of My Rose Colored Shades says, “I started layering my necklaces only a few years ago and now I have so much fun with it. It adds dimension to a look and can be used as a focal point.”

A layered outfit with layered necklaces – Cynthia has chic layering down!


Dianne says, “This is how I wear my layers in Southern California! This is an awesome detailed jacket by Stella I found on eBay. I layered it with a sparkly tank from Old Navy and Old Navy boyfriend jeans. I added a little leopard for fun in the accessories and finished with a bag from The Limited. I wore this when I served as a live auctioneer for a fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!”

I adore the detailing of the sweater around the neck and the sleeves. What a stunning layering piece!


Teresa, wife of New York photographer, Denton Taylor, says,  “It’s still below freezing here, so a good reason to wear layers.”

She is wearing a Louis Vuitton silk blouse, a black silk Moschino jacket, an Hermes scarf, and a Canada Goose parka, which she says is required wearing in Manhattan. Warm and stylish!


Susan of High Heels in the Wilderness says, “Although it’s definitely NOT spring here I have been spring shopping. I tried out a layered outfit suitable for an Ottawa spring, i.e. pretty darned cold. I started with my new dressy joggers from Aritzia (a Canadian store that a reader of my blog drew to my attention), added a red Gap tee shirt then my Paige jean jacket. I love my new sweat pants with my loafers but I’ll have to do something about those bare ankles! Brrr. Too cold for this time of year. Pantyhose anyone???”

Another fantastic denim jacket look!

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Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life layers a chambray dress shirt underneath a gray dress. She says, “it’s a great way to add layers and change up the look of a dress.”

This is a terrific tip for adding sleeves to a sleeveless dress – great for a professional look.


Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo gives layers a cool edge and says, “I love menswear inspired dressing. Often I find myself stealing items from my husband’s closet to wear. As if I don’t have enough of my own! The tie I’m wearing here though, I actually bought for myself.”


Susan of Une Femme d’un Certain Age wears asymmetrical layers and tells us, “I’ve been enjoying pairing shorter and structured over longer and softer layers. This sheer top adds a bit of movement and drama.”

Mixing different lengths when layering adds interest and is so modern!


Trina of Tea Time with Trina shows us how she layers a spring maxi dress. She says, “The first photo shows how it looks by layering on long lace vest, giving it such a feminine and yet still boho vibe. The next photo shows how I layer when it gets a bit chilly. I throw on an oversized merino wool sweater and layer with a lace scarf. And the last photo shows how you could layer with an oversize pencil shirt and pair it with some Birkenstocks and it becomes a very casual ensemble.”

Three fantastic layering looks with one lovely maxi.


Amy of Denim and Dots is looking radiant in her bright yellow layered look. She says, “This is one of my favorite recent experiments in layering, doing a button up shirt with a sparkly collar, layered under a cropped sweater. I love all the patterns and texture going on!”


While visiting Mendocino last weekend, a charming seaside village a few hours up the coast, I made sure to bring along lots of layering pieces. The weather there is unpredictable and the temperature can drop or rise quickly due to the presence or absence of fog.

On a visit to the Point Cabrillo lighthouse last Saturday, I decided to layer up with light pieces as it was sunny out. My husband assured me it would be a fog-free day and he was right.

I wore a black Stella Carakasi Command Attention Vest, made of hemp and Tencel. I love this piece for its flowing lines and versatility. It can be worn a variety of ways.


Here I decided to wear my vest buttoned up one side over a white Sure Thing Tee (which is 95% Modal). It can also be worn open – which I will surely do in warmer weather – or fully buttoned with no top underneath for a sleeveless summery look.

I wore Gap boyfriend jeans and my trusty Lucky Brand sandals (no longer available and at least three years old).


Thank you to all the stylish participants this month for their fashionable layered looks!

Be sure to visit Jill’s blog, Everything Just So, to see even more chic layers.

For May we are having a white jeans party! Whether you have been wearing them all winter or will break them out now in time for spring and summer, we want to see all your different ways of styling them.

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Join us for “How I Wear My: White Jeans.” Send photos to us at by May 4, 2015, along with a short description of what you are wearing.

Make it a rich day!



Disclosure: I was given both Stella Carakasi pieces. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always. 


  1. April 1, 2015 / 4:59 am

    A beautiful group of ladies…some fun styles here! Thanks for hosting your link up…it is always fun, Adrienne!

  2. April 1, 2015 / 5:20 am

    Thanks so much for featuring my layered jumpsuit, Adrienne! Your vest is a very cool piece, it totally makes your outfit and looks like art. I also love your coat on Jill’s blog. I have the same Lucky Brand sandals but in a light tan, they are so comfortable.

    Lots of inspiration to be found among all of the featured outfits. I will have to layer my necklaces, it looks so good on Cynthia! I’m also digging the menswear-inspired vest and tie!

  3. April 1, 2015 / 5:39 am

    Great post! I love all of the different looks.

  4. April 1, 2015 / 5:44 am

    Beautiful – you’ve pulled together all ages and styles, A, and made a wonderful post! xo

  5. April 1, 2015 / 6:12 am

    Wow! You’re 6’2″? Yikes. No photos of us together! LOL

    This was a great post! So many different ladies, looks and ages. Really great to see the variety.


  6. April 1, 2015 / 6:31 am

    Everyone looks amazing. This shows how versatile layering can be. Peace. Cheryl

  7. Kathy
    April 1, 2015 / 6:47 am

    Really great layered looks. It’s very essential for California to do light weight layers as the temperature varies so much during the day – even from the sunlight to the shade can be a huge difference.
    I need to get some longish tanks to do more layering for summer I think, I like the bottom peeking out of a shorter, looser tee shirt.
    Love your vest!

  8. April 1, 2015 / 7:12 am

    Love all these looks, everything looks great in layers!


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  9. April 1, 2015 / 8:41 am

    This is one of my favorite ways to see a concept visualized so differently! Thanks for all the hard work in putting this together! jodie
    ps…I love your vest!! It’s so interesting!

  10. April 1, 2015 / 8:53 am

    I had so much fun participating in How I Wear My for the first time. I lived in Southern California until I was 28. Since then, I’ve lived in Kansas, Tennessee and I’m now living the expat life in Europe. Needless to say, I didn’t have to worry much about layering until I left CA and experienced seasons. I have fallen in love with the variety that seasons brings and learning how to layer was an absolute must for surviving said seasons. I’ve taught myself to layer mostly by looking at photos of how other ladies do it. This post definitely gave me some new ideas!

    • April 5, 2015 / 11:49 am

      Thank you! And funny I was just trolling eBay and saw one for sale: or search Nanette red trench 🙂

    • April 5, 2015 / 11:53 am

      Great layers on you and everyone else, Adrienne! And so much fun to see everyone’s interpretation. Thanks for hosting! Looking forward to the next one. : ) Ana
      Also, a note for Erin @ Her Heartland Soul – I just saw the same red Nanette trench for sale on eBay today! Just search red Nanette trench. 🙂

  11. April 1, 2015 / 11:29 am

    So many gorgeous looks! I’m ready to get out of the winter coats and into more layers now! Love that vest of yours : )

  12. Nellie J.
    April 1, 2015 / 4:24 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! It’s still rather cold in my corner of the world, so layering is the way to go! 🙂
    I would not… call all the styles shown here a “success”, though. But tastes differ, and it takes all sorts to make a world, eh? 😉

  13. April 1, 2015 / 6:16 pm

    White jeans?! You’re killin’ me! LOL … Argh … I’ll see what I can do, but if I miss next month, don”t worry I’ll be back the month after! 😉

    Looking fab, Adrienne, and thanks for hosting another fun party!

    Dawn Lucy

  14. April 1, 2015 / 6:54 pm

    Everyone looks great as usual, I love your vest Adrienne. Thanks so much for doing this every and each month.

  15. April 2, 2015 / 10:23 am

    White jeans in May? Sure hope I can find some to fit my 6 ft frame – would like slim rather than boyfriend – any suggestions?

  16. Jill
    April 2, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    What a great post! Everyone looks so stylish in their layers. I am particularly crazy about Ana’s red look, as well as Cynthia’s blue and black outfit. Here’s to another fun post my dear! xx Jill

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