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Luxurious Layering

Both sophisticated and practical, the styling trick for your winter looks is definitely layering. Whether it's a surprising hemline or an interesting mix of fabrics, add a few garments to your silhouette to create dimension in your look. Keeping warm was never so luxurious. 

by Karin Cuppens
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Seen on the runway

The AW17 runway was rife with layering in a myriad of ways - each designer brought their own interpretation of the styling to the table. Michael Kors created an ultra-feminine, delicate cognac ensemble that flaunted a simple aesthetic and possessed a high dose of luxury. Céline also showcased a monochrome outfit, but with a completely different vibe. The dark blue hue, blazer and coat combination, as well as the leather scarf, resulted in another kind of layering. A 'younger' example of the outfit trick is found throughout the entire collection of R13. The designer captured the grunge aesthetic of the nineties and gave a contemporary update. For AW17, he styled a floral jumpsuit with a snow-white turtleneck that could be seen throughout the show, combined with almost all the designs. On the other side of the spectrum, there is Christian Wijnants. He did not only play with different garments, combining trousers, a dress and a sweater in one look, but he also mixed various patterns. Wearing a striped, checkered and sequin fabric might not be the easiest kind of layering, but the maximalist approach is definitely one to consider this season.
From left: Tibi, R13, Christian Wijnants, Céline, Michael Kors

Translated to the streets

The colder the days, the more layers we add - it seems like common sense. While many amongst us wonder if such an outfit is flattering, when done right, it's the most appropriate styling option for winter. Wearing two trousers at the same time, sporting a dress over your denim, adding a sweater, the sky is the limit. The key is to build your outfit smartly:  start with a solid base such as trousers and a shirt and work your way through your closet, completing your look one layer at the time. For the most luxurious version of this type of styling, add in some satin, velvet or other opulent fabric. Top it all off with a timeless bag and mesmerising jewellery or a hint of colour such as a pair of pink heeled shoes or red over-the-knee boots. 

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