While working with a client this weekend, I was emphasizing the importance of layering different patterns, textures, and colors into an outfit in order to make the overall look more interesting. I tend to show less layering on the blog because it is a bit harder to convey in outfit collages, but it's an important technique to employ when trying to create a finished look. There is a limit to the number of different layers, fabrics, colors, patterns you put into one outfit, but if you use complementary colors and thin layers, the end result will be a polished, well-thought out look.
Although this look only has a blouse and a blazer layer, there are many different textures that make up the overall look. The flowy, polka dotted blouse with the ochre structured blazer create an interesting look on top. Add a tortoise shell link necklace on top of the silky blouse, and then finish it off by adding in another color/texture combo in the form of the red, crocodile clutch.
So tell me, do you layer? What are your favorite layering combinations? Does it make you feel more finished?