This fall, it’s all about the layers. Leggings with boots? Check. Coat over jacket and sweater? Check. Heat exhaustion? Check. Layering might work for East Coast girls. But when the sun is an angry ball of hot hate in the L.A. sky, all those layers will make you collapse faster than Lindsay Lohan. Here are the top five rules for layering in a warm climate:
1. Choose light fabrics. The key to layering in high temperatures is to pick cotton blends and light cashmeres. Avoid thick, merino woolen sweaters and cable-knits that are not lightweight. Check out C&C California’s long sleeved whisper-thin tops (Candccalifornia.com) and light wool blend tunics by Theory (Saks.com).
2. Vary colors. You don’t want to wear black over black or red atop red. You can create contrast by pairing chocolate with baby blue or black with soft grey. Adding a gold, braided necklace is another striking way to create a layer.
3. Layer a sleeveless top over a long sleeved shirt. Or try wearing shorts over tights. You can create the trendy look without actually putting every layer atop another. Be sure to show off your layers or you will just look bulky.
4. Mix fabrics and textures. A silk camisole from Geren Ford (Gerenford.com) beneath an oversized chunky cardigan by Vince (Shopbop.com) makes for chic layering. You might even sneak a ribbed tank beneath the camisole.
5. Don’t overdo it. Layers are like martinis. One too many and you’ll regret it. Adding a belt or a scarf always works too.