How To Layer Clothes Like A Pro

For some of us, the winter chill has finally started to set in, and there's no better way to keep warm than to layer it up! Layering might sound simple enough - put on a piece of clothing, put on another piece of clothing, done! But in reality, layering is a bit of an art form. Layer the wrong way and you either look crazy, frumpy, or a mixture of both. The good news is, if you keep reading this, you'll have the tools to layer like a pro!

Starting With The Obvious

These really don't even need much of an introduction. So let's jump right in.

1. Scarves - Scarves don't only serve the purpose of keeping your neck warm. They can be the final touch needed to add a fun print or a bright color to any outfit. Here are a few of my favorite styles.

2. Vests - Vests have gained a lot of popularity over the years. They're non-restricting and come in a variety of textures and styles to keep you cozy but chic. Check these out.

Layering Staple: Button Downs

From chambray tops to comfy flannel, button down shirts are a very versatile layering staple. You can wear them as the top layer left unbuttoned, or seen in the examples below as a bottom layer.

2. Button Down + Dress - This can be done with either a long sleeve or sleeveless dress and can be styled to look flirty and fun or more prim and professional.

4. Plaid Shirt + Plain Sweater - This is the perfect combo of comfort and style. An otherwise plain sweater is made warmer and more interesting with a peak of plaid.

5. Cropped Sweater + Button Down - Thought crop tops were only for the summer (and the daring)? Think again. Pair a cropped knit sweater with a chiffon button down to keep you modest, warm, and fashion forward.

About Balance

A good rule of thumb is to consider the weight of your pieces when you're pairing them together if you are concerned with looking too bulky. For example, wearing skinny jeans or leggings with bulky sweaters and large coats. 

6. Chunky Sweater + Fitted Long Sleeve - This is a great way to achieve the aforementioned balance. You'll stay warm, but without any unwanted extra bulk.

Dresses In The Winter

Yep, you read that right! As you saw earlier with layering button downs under a dress, you can totally rock your favorite lace mini dress even when the temps drop. Just make sure to wear tights underneath if it's extra cold to keep those legs warm. See below for a couple of great examples.

7. Lace Dress, Cardigan, + Tights - Throw in a chambray top in between the cardigan and dress for even more warmth and a fun additional texture.

8. Mini, Long Boots, + Chunky Sweater - If it isn't quite cold enough to need tights, consider a long pair of boots instead. Pair a chunky sweater with a mini dress or skirt of a different texture - like this cable knit & leather combo - to keep the look from feeling too flat.

One Final Tip

If you find that your under layers are looking a little messy - especially in the case of a button down under a more lightweight sweater - try placing a v-neck tank between the layers to keep everything smooth.

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Do you have a Winter wishlist?

Most of you probably have a favorite season - a time of year where you almost feel more ‘you’. For me that season is hands down the Fall/Winter. The cooler weather, the pumpkin spice (haha amirite?), the darker colors, and of course Halloween!

One of my favorite things about the Fall and Winter season, however is the clothing. I tend to lean towards a dressier style and I love a lot of layers...and A LOT of black - which doesn’t always mesh well comfort wise in the Summer.

Luckily, those cold dreary months are creeping up on us and my inner goth couldn’t be happier. So, from crossbody bags to contour kits, I thought I’d share a few of the items I’ve been dying to add to my collection for Fall/Winter 2016-2017.

What's on YOUR wishlist for this season?

How do I stand out at this year's holiday party?

It’s that time again! Holiday parties are right around the corner and as someone who looks for any opportunity to get glammed up, I couldn’t be more excited! One of the things I've noticed about holiday fashion, however, is that the trends don’t tend to vary a whole lot.

Typically the color palette for Christmas and New Year’s Eve party attire are red, blue, gold, silver and the occasional green with lots of glitter and sparkle thrown in! Don’t get me wrong, I love a classic Christmas look just as much as the next gal, but if you’re looking for something that will have you standing out a little bit this year, here's a few non-traditional holiday party styles to drool over.

Black Holiday

So I might be a little biased on this one considering black is my go to color- but you really can make some very cute holiday outfits utilizing this shade. Black and white paired together automatically puts off those special event vibes. You could also try primarily black with a pop of a traditional holiday color like gold or red if you’re wanting to keep some of the Christmas or New Year’s spirit. And finally, if you’re feeling extra brave you could try my personal favorite - all black everything! Using different textures will keep your look from coming across as boring or flat.

Regardless of how much black you choose to don, you have to admit the color is super chic and versatile. Plus, since you’ll be wearing mostly neutral colors you can go all out with your makeup without fear of clashing or looking “too Christmas-y”.

Roaring 20s New Year

Fashion and parties inspired by the 20s have actually gained some popularity over the last few years thanks in part to the gorgeous work of Baz Luhrman in the 2013 Great Gatsby remake. A lot of people think pinstripe gangsters and flapper dresses when they think 20s style which isn’t incorrect...but there are tons of ways to make this look a show stopper without falling into the cheesy Halloween category. Check out these dresses for example. They give the perfect amount of glitz and shimmer for New Year's Eve but with the classic Art Deco vibes and silhouette from the 20s.

You can wear this style a couple of ways - traditional 20s complete with gorgeous head piece, or more of a modern look with subtle accessories. The same goes for makeup - you can go 20s vamp with dark lips and eyes or keep it current and go with neutral tones.

Pin-Up Christmas

The 20s aren't the only era that seem to be gathering a lot of attention style wise… silhouettes from the 40s and 50s have also been a rising trend for awhile now. (If you haven’t visited do can thank me later.) Here are a few examples of Pin-up Christmas style including very traditional retro and more modernized throwbacks. And just like with the 20s styles, your accessories and makeup will make a huge difference on your final look.

Purple Reign

Some people consider purple a holiday color and some don't. Either way, the color is certainly gorgeous and surprisingly flattering on a variety of skin tones. Plus, purple was actually on the radar for Vogue’s list of hot trends for winter 2016 - 2017, which is cool.

You could use purple as your main element or just accent your outfit with purple accessories. If you do decide to wear primarily purple, it might be best to keep your eye makeup in a neutral shade like brown/gold, grey/silver, or black to avoid giving off Barney vibes.

Not quite sure you’re ready to rock one of these looks? Check out the Holiday section of our website as well as our Pinterest for tons of cute classic holiday inspiration perfect for anything from a low-key work gathering to an all out New Year’s Eve bash!

7 Tips For Transitioning Your Wardrobe Into Fall

With the season of pumpkin spice and leggings with boots finally upon us, it's the perfect time to start gathering outfit inspiration to keep you looking cute all autumn long.

If you're like me, chances are you don't have the bucks (or time) to drop on a whole new season specific wardrobe. So here are some tips for transitioning your summer wardrobe into something a little more fall friendly.

1. Bring on the boots!

Unless you live in an area where it stays warm year round, you'll likely want to put your flip flops in the back of your closet. Most everything else, however, like ballet flats, loafers, sneakers, and even some sandals can all be carried over into fall. Now is also time to take full advantage of that boot addiction you have!

2. Time to accessorize!

Accessories are one of the quickest ways to change up the whole vibe of your outfit whether you are changing seasons or going from casual to dressy. You can easily make a summer tee or tank appear more fall by adding a scarf. Fall is also the perfect time to wear your heavier jewelry pieces. And don't forget hats!

3. Spring back... Fall forward... With Color!

Another fast and easy way to transition your summer duds into fall is to utilize pieces in darker shades. Colors like burgundy, navy, brown, grey etc all give off that cool fall vibe. Of course, fashion is supposed to be fun, so by all means if you want to rock a bright yellow top, then do it! Monochromatic color schemes are also a nice way to showcase your love of fall.


4. Tanks & Tees

If you have a closet full of summerrific tanks, tees, and camis don't fret - you don't have to stash them all away. As previously mentioned, an infinity scarf will add a touch of fall spice to your wardrobe. You can also use these pieces for layering. Just add a cardigan, vest, kimono, or oversize sweater to the top of any cami or tank.

5. Shorts & Minis

I'm actually not a big wearer of shorts in the summer, but one of my favorite fall trends is pairing shorts with tights. Of course this looks great with short skirts and mini dresses too! In the early fall months before it gets too chilly out, shorts with tall boots can make a sexy statement outfit for a night on the town.

6. Bring out the outerwear

Moto jackets, military vests, and bomber jackets...oh my! It's finally time to dust off those lighter jackets you've kept tucked away all summer. Now would also be a good time to consider investing in a good winter coat if you don't already have one. Grabbing one early will help you avoid the rush before all the styles and sizes you like are gone. Plus, you can typically find better deals on winter items if you purchase them out of season.


7.  Finishing touches

My absolute favorite way to tie everything together is with makeup. Like accessories, makeup can transform your look completely. Like with clothing, fall is a great time to experiment with darker shades of makeup. Cranberry, gold, mauve, deep plums, and dark browns are all gorgeous for the fall. If you're feeling extra bold you could even try a black lip!

Have any tips of your own? Share them below! And make sure to check out the makeup section for even more fall makeup inspiration.

Fall Makeup Inspiration!

One of the new things I'll be incorporating here will be makeup inspiration and tutorials. After all, the perfect outfit needs the perfect makeup, right? So to start, here's a dramatic fall makeup look I did a couple of weeks ago. It's great for a night out! Click each link below for product info and to add to your Amazon shopping cart!

The products I used are:
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Warm Nude
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer shade 20
Coty Airspun Loose Setting Powder
Nyx Makeup Setting Spray
Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Contour Kit
L'oreal Brow Stylist Definer in Dark Brunette
Lorac Mega Pro 2 Palette
Dodo Lashes in D105 (use code silverscreenshock for 5% off!)
Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Truffle Tease
Nyx Lip Liner in Mauve

For more makeup looks, check out my Instagram @SilverScreenShock

And keep an eye on the website! Youtube tutorials and step by step instructions for looks like this one are on the way! Feel free to leave a comment on specific looks you'd like tutorials for.