How to Layer Like a Chic Parisienne
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How to Layer Like a Chic Parisienne

How to Layer Like a Chic Parisienne

Guest Post By Mia Taylor

Surviving winter, fall and even at times spring in style is no easy feat. Sure, what we do know is that we absolutely need layers to keep us from freezing, but staying chic while covered in multiple layers is a form of art. A well-layered outfit is far greater than the sum of its parts, and in order to learn how to create it not once, but every single time without a glitch, it’s time we turn to the ladies who do it best. The elusive style of a chic Parisienne has always been hard to pin down and replicate, but we will do our best because we all deserve the air of nonchalance, while remaining cozy during the harsh weather.

Think vertically

Vertical layering is a great way to elongate your figure and create the most flattering look possible. Now, be mindful of the levels of ‘chunkiness’ of each individual piece, as if they’re too chunky, you might end up looking like a cute polar bear, but a bear nonetheless. Keep the layers light; for instance, a short leather skirt (with some serious tights) makes for a great start. Then, look for a tee in a neutral hue – grey, striped, white – any of these will do. Add a thin and fitted denim jacket over and top it off with a cute and timeless coat. You can take the neutral hue route here as well, or add a pop of color with a red or burnt orange coat. The key is to keep both of these pieces of outerwear unbuttoned to create the ‘vertical’ effect. Feel free to add a scarf into the mix, but again – don’t make it too chunky as to not cover overshadow the verticality of it all.

Devil in the details

You can always take a safe approach and opt for minimalism. A pair of black culottes, a loose white tee and a fitted black blazer are all you need – given the right accessories. The minimal look, which is as popular with the ladies of Melbourne as it is with the Parisian girls, is slowly becoming a signature style of ladies’ fashion in Australia. Simple tops in neutral hues and fitted blazers are a match made in heaven, always have been, and you know the saying – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Now, you can add a bit of pizzazz using subtle jewelry and a fedora or the very popular beret, but make sure to keep things monochromatic.

The added volume

When you’re a fan of oversized looks, it’s not difficult to embrace the horizontal manner of layering, which we have to admit, has its ‘warm’ perks as everything is sealed and allows you to stay completely snuggled up. Proportions are key here, and picking your battles is essential. In order not to look overly baggy, skinny jeans or even straight leg jeans that are fitted will work marvelously (particularly with embroidered ankle boots). Now, the shirt you’ll be rocking underneath the oversized sweater simply has to be longer than the very sweater in order for the layering to be visible and to avoid looking chunky. Make sure the shirt collar is visible. In this case, it’s advisable to go with a fitted coat as an oversized one can throw the look off balance and make you look the opposite of casually polished.

Be bold, be brave

There is no reason whatsoever not to put your summer staples to use when dressing up for the harsh winter weather. This is the beauty of layering – everything goes. The slip dress has always been known as one of the most sensual garments of this variety, and just because you can’t wear it on its own, doesn’t mean it should be stuck in the back of the closet. A thin and fitted turtleneck is a vital part of this combo – it will keep you from freezing, and the slip dress will pop even more over it. Now, you can go with tights if you’re feeling stronger than the weather, but bootcut jeans will add more dimension to your look, give you an air of rebelliousness and nonchalance, and take the slip dress from plain sexy to cool sexy.



Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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