POST TIME: 11 March, 2018 06:08:29 PM
Keep it light, stay layered
Independent Online/ Times Of India

Keep it light, stay layered

While you’ve been longing to shed your heavy winter coat, the transitional period from February to March is a tricky time weatherwise – and fashionwise. You may feel comfortable in an easy-breezy dress during the day, but once the sun goes down you want a light layer.

Bottomline? You can’t leave the layers just yet.

When it comes to style, layering is an old hack used by many to add an interesting dimension to a tried-and-tested look. With the recent shift from minimalism to exuberance, get creative with new layering pieces.

The great cover up

Adding layers to your spring and summer wardrobe can ward off unexpected weather conditions and take your look a notch up. Designer Naina Jain says that layering makes you ready to face everyday multiple changes in temperature. While out for an early morning run, a sporty jacket helps you brace the cold wind. The days get warmer and the nights are cool, so keeping a light layer handy takes care of the change. She adds: “Then, there are manufactured changes in temperature to contend with throughout the day, such as in office and retail store environments where air conditioning feels as though it’s been set to Arctic. In such cases, layering helps you manage the extreme variations with poise.”


When layering, you want your spring and summer clothing to have a bit of baggy look, so that the air can circulate through to your skin. Even the layer closest to your skin, should be a little loose to allow a decent air flow. Designer Varsha Wadhwa suggests investing in light jackets, both long or short, in fabrics like linen, cotton, jersey, silk, chambray, chiffon, and georgette. “Team light jackets with dressy camisoles, crisp shirts or shiny bandeaus depending on the occasion. A sheer trench over an embellished camisole dress is a perfect example of a fashionable and breezy layered look,” she says. When layering, make sure that nothing is too bulky, and the colours complement even if its in sharp contrast. Good layering options are lightweight linen jackets, or casual capes. The key to layering in warm weather is the ability to put on and remove layers with ease.


Layer on top, simple at the bottom. Don’t add tights under shorts or jeans under a skirt; it’s tacky and unnecessary.
Layer camisoles, shirts, button-ups, sweaters, knits, leather jackets and coats while keeping pants slim or skinny for a balanced look.
Layer items that fit well. For example, a loose boyfriend T-shirt with a structured blazer or a fitted top under an relaxed-fit knit. Don’t choose all anti-fit items – it’ll look sloppy.

Mix up your textures and fabrics. For example, sport a denim button-up dress with a pair of booties and a big, woolly knit scarf.
Outer layer should be longer than inner one. Layering should always be alternate; it should go from thin to thick or vice versa.

Male call From sporty zippers, linen jackets to vests, men too have layering options. Ensure that colours and patterns complement each other.

Summer Sense

For summer layering, go for light-weight layers. Pick scarves, jackets, shrugs, capes in striking prints, but don’t overdo it.

Drape it

Go for loose and drapey cuts with a structured shoulder like kimonos and waterfall jackets 

Saree style

Use sheer long jackets and capes to layer your saree. Make sure the layer is pinned neatly

Long layers

Long embroidered or hand painted jackets are in vogue. Pair them with ethnic as well as western wear, formally or for casual events

Sheer is here

Long and short layers in sheer fabrics like chiffon and georgette work well for the summer season