Why Do People Buy And Wear Those Things? Layer, Don’t Cover. Balance, Don’t Bulk.

Creatures Of The Wind Fall/Winter RTW 2011.

Creatures Of The Wind, Fall/Winter RTW 2011.

There’s a chill in the air at nighttime for some us. Daytime is still warm enough to dress lightly but once the sun sets it’s time to start layering clothing to ward off some of those chilly evenings.

I know I’m not ready for bulky winter clothing. I don’t want to haul out my winter coats or even start looking at them in the stores. Although I do want to know what’s available and stylish for the season, it always seems I want to hang on to whatever warm weather is left before I let go of my entire warm weather clothing and dive into the winter pile of soft knits and wools.

There’s an easy way to ward off those evening chills that seem to settle in after the sun sets. Layering your clothing is an efficient way to keep your body temperature even through this transitional time of year for the people who have seasonal weather. Layering clothing is fun. It makes your outfits go farther, look quirkier and gives you more style.

Creatures Of The Wind, relative new designers on the runway have mixed materials together in layering for their Fall/Winter RTW 2011 Collection. It’s a chicago based collection with Christoper Peters and Shane Gabier as the main designers. Their Spring RTW 2012 Collection boasts psychedelic colors with mixing and matching fabrics again. Their collections appear romantic, magical and very appealing.

Creatures Of The Wind, Spring RTW 2012.

Creatures Of The Wind, Spring RTW 2012.

Layering is about mixing and matching your clothing. It’s about taking materials that look and feel good together, but also complement each other. Matching exact colors is not mandated or necessary. As a matter of fact, matching exactly is boring for everyday wear. You want to make your clothes work for you, not work for your clothes.

Start with shades and hues of the same color to blend your layers successfully. Add an opposing  color from the color palette for variety that you enjoy. Mix and match plaids and flowers within the same color family or take opposing fabrics that blend together to create appealing layers around your body. Experiment until you feel comfortable.

Etro, an Italian fashion house was founded in 1968 by Gimme Etro. It is a family owned design house. Menswear has been headed since 1990 by Kean Etro and his sister Veronica directs womenwear. Gimmos eldest son Jacopo and and brother Ippolito also work for the fashion firm. They also manufacture fabrics, furnishings and fragrances. Read more at :  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etro.

Etro Fall/Winter RTW 2011.

ETRO Fall/Winter 2011.

Veronica’s womenswear line showed beautiful, rich colors, classic styling and a signature east-meets-west flavor. The accessories are bold statement-making. Layering of clothes showed an ease of rich colors blended beautifully.


ETRO SS collection 2012.

ETRO SS Collection 2012.


The ETRO SS 2012 Collection of womenswear showed muted colors blended together beautifully in a pleasing palette to the eye. Materials flowed elegantly and with careless romantic abandon.

The ETRO site also has links to color palettes, creativity and some of their own personal collections of clothing. There are some photos of vintage clothing and of Nureyev’s costumes.

Layering shows on the runway in all forms. It can be in materials or in colors. The choices are endless. You can choose the same color family to create a classic look. You can throw in one contrasting color from the color palette to pop an outfits look.  Choose different materials in your clothing to layer for interest. Add jewelry that’s more chunky when you are layering to balance the layers.

The more clothing that you are layering, the more attention you put towards your accessories. A lot of layers does not necessarily call for a lot of jewelry. What it does ask for is a chunky bracelet and a larger ring for balance.  Top it off with a felt fedora for balance.

Balance, don’t bulk. Layer, don’t cover. Have fun dressing. Because that’s why you buy and wear those things. Have fun in your closet this week.




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