I get that question ALL the time from people – clients, blog readers, class participants – who are starting to work with our 12-Piece Wardrobe Planner. Here’s the scoop …
FIRST – an over-layer top doesn’t have to be a tailored jacket. You can get an overview of the more casual options HERE. We’re just going to call it a jacket for now because that’s easier than saying “over-layer top” again and again.
SECOND – the 2-layer top strategy vastly increases the mix/match options in your wardrobe. If you have 2 bottoms and 2 under-layer tops, you can mix them into 4 outfits, right? Now add 2 jackets and presto – 8 options! And those same basic jackets keep right on doubling the outfits you can make with all your tops and bottoms … to infinity and beyond.
THIRD – a jacket – worn slightly open – creates a strong center front vertical emphasis that slims and elongates any figure. At the same time, it breaks up the widening horizontal hemline that a single-layer top usually creates. Way more flattering, as you can see in the comparison below.
The two rectangles A and B are identical, but the vertical line makes A appear narrower while the horizontal line makes B appear wider. The superimposed red lines emphasize how that same illusion works in the outfits to the right. The open edges of the vest create a slimming vertical emphasis. The unbroken hemline of the single-layer yellow top creates a widening horizontal instead.
FOURTH – a jacket – aka over-layer top – can camouflage a number of figure challenge areas, especially soft tissue around the upper body or mid-section. What could be bad about that?
Are you sold on the idea? Try it with existing pieces in your closet. I’d love to hear about your experience.