It’s a Dinner Party Layering Technique

The key to the ever changing season this spring is dressing in light layers! Here I have put it into the context of throwing a dinner party!

As your first layer, Camisoles and tank tops are the best base layers in natural fibres. Your body will thank you over and over again for this. Bamboo, cotton, merino wool, and water wicking fabrics are best as they’re always right against the skin. Keep in mind the under layer should stay a solid colour as an outfit mood setter. This is like picking your playlist before company comes over, lighting candles and setting the table.

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The best for second layers is lighter weights in natural or synthetic fabrics. Here is where you can play with colour, texture and pattern. A contrasting silhouette to the over layer is fun to play with, as long as the sleeves fit together easily. This is where you can dazzle your guests with the table setting details and multi coarse menu you have been planning. Don’t be afraid to wear more than one layer in different lengths as well. It’s like serving more than one course!

Heavier cotton blends, denim, wool and cashmere are the best over layers and it is fun to play with shape and colour here as well. Jackets, sweaters, cardigans, ponchos and kimonos make up a wide variety of flattering garments.Your over layer should feel like the desert or the retreat to coffee brandy after the meal. It should compliment and wrap it all up nicely.

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Repetition or contrast in colour, style, and necklines are the key to putting it all together. You don’t want to have a hard time putting on a more fitted over layer with a top that has a a thicker texture to it. Just like you don’t want to eat too much dinner and feel like a whale to leave no room for desert.

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It has to all feel comfortable at each stage, so you can take away a layer if need be and still feel great in what you are wearing. There is nothing worse than feeling too full.

So layer it up ladies, and feel confident in pulling off any range of formality in both your attire and dinner parties! Become your own version of a Layering Queen!

Erin, Your Devil May Wear Stylist
Erin, Your Devil May Wear Stylist
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