Seasonal Trends, Style Tips

How to Layer This Spring, According to a Stylist

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April 10, 2023

I’m Abby!.
I'm a certified & published fashion stylist located in Silicon Valley with speciality in personal styling, color analysis and runway, commercial, and editorial styling.

Happy Spring, everyone! As the weather gets warmer, you might find yourself attending more outdoor events or just enjoying some fresh air — just remember to bring a jacket! At least in the Bay Area, it’s not quite time to bare the shoulders yet, or to be stepping out in your favorite dress without something in case it gets a little chilly. Read more for some professional tips on how to layer for Spring for your specific body type and a couple outfit ideas for each.

One fitted piece


A fitted t-shirt, long sleeve or tank top under an open shirt jacket or cardigan is generally flattering for every body type! Reversely, try layering a flowy blouse under a more structured jacket like a blazer or leather jacket. I recommend sticking to just one unstructured piece for a modern, more youthful look.


Breaking up patterns & bright colors


If it’s a beautiful day outside and you’re feeling particularly expressive, you might want to bring out some fun patterns and colors! For all body types, choose a neutral-toned undershirt if you’re wearing a colorful jacket with complementary-colored pants, or a light earth-toned jacket over your statement tops and dresses to avoid having too busy of a look.


Jackets over dresses


1. Cropped jackets are great ways for triangle silhouettes to add balance to their hips by adding weight to the torso and by bringing up the waistline to elongate the legs. Examples include cropped motorcycle jackets/boleros over bodycon mini dresses, or cropped denim jackets over smock dresses.


2. Inverted triangle silhouettes can pull off both mid-length and full-length jacket-looks really well. Try pairing an oversized blazer with a mini dress of the same length, or a full-length trench coat over a flowy pleated maxi dress.


3. For hourglass figures, I recommend past-waist-length or full-length cardigans with a tied belt to highlight the waist. This would look great layered over a bodycon or jersey dress!


4. Tailored blazers with waist cinching, or belted cardigans help both rectangle and round silhouettes to draw attention to your waist. Try pairing these with a smock, slip, or bodycon dress!


I hope this guide comes in handy the next time you need help layering, and with putting a Springtime outfit together! Now you’ll never have to compromise a cute look out of fear of being cold later, or brace the chilly weather for the sake of a more summery outfit. Click HERE to learn more about my styling and shopping services, and book a call with me to discuss your next steps in your style evolution!

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