Out of the Woods: Plus Size Layering

For winter, there’s something about soft color palettes that feels so right to me. I want to break out all of my oatmeal-inspired shades of cream and tan, and cozy up by a crackling bonfire – an idea that, growing up in New York, was never really a viable January option for me.

But in Houston, where it’s cold in the winter but snowless 99.9% of the time, the cool, crisp air inspires me to spend time outside and appreciate nature. Today, I’ll show you how to layer plus size fashion by putting together a woodsy, yet feminine outfit that you can try out for anything from a cozy workplace outfit to your engagement photos.

getting fully vested

I’ll admit that until fairly recently, Regina George and I were similar in that we both thought vests were disgusting. Not on everyone, of course, but certainly on me. As a curvy gal whose hips don’t lie, I felt they added unnecessary fluff and hit me at an awkward length, although I often loved how other fashionistas seemed to rock theirs.

I’ve found that, as is often the case, I just had to find the right vest for my short and stacked torso. Cut was a big part of the battle, and this piece tapers in ever-so-slightly, with faux sherpa lapels that help to add dimension. What this all means is that I can layer up without being smothered in a bunch of bulk. Find a similar vest option here!

down to the last detail

When I bought this oatmeal dress (twin with me in light grey), I adored it for its open-ended possibilities. With that in mind, it was certainly the perfect option for a layered look!

Delicate details, like bell sleeves and lace insets at the elbow, lend themselves well to the overall ensemble, creating depth that plays nicely with the layering pieces.

Even with as many prints and bold options as I’ve showcased here on the blog, I think it’s important to stock your closet full of these “blank canvas” neutral dresses – there are just so many directions you can take them in, and ways you can style them for any season! I’m all about getting the most mileage as possible out of your wardrobe.

fantastic finishing pieces

Sometimes, you look at an aesthetically balanced outfit, and you wonder what gives it that extra oomph. That’s what I like to call a finishing piece – and in this case, it’s my scarf (similar style here).

This scarf is the period on a sentence. The cherry on top. The peppermint after a great meal. The way that it softly, subtly enhances the color scheme of the outfit makes it so much more than an afterthought accessory.

In general, I’m a big fan of scarves for three reasons:

  • They come in all sorts of shapes, lengths, colors and prints
  • They have a plethora of tying options, so you can really get creative
  • They can be as luxurious or budget-friendly as you wish

No joke, I actually have a hanger in my closet just for scarves. It’s solid plastic with several perforations that you string them through. And it might be the only organized part of my closet.

take a hike

It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re a fan of the great outdoors – your shoe collection needs at least one pair of modernized hiking boots. I particularly love Sugar hiking boots for their sleek silhouettes that don’t skimp on comfort.

Lately, I’ve noticed a resurgence of appreciation for the most practical pieces – from fleece lined leggings to all-weather parkas. And I have to say, I’m here for it. So when it comes to comfortable footwear, the hiking boot seems like the logical winter followup to summer and fall’s spotlight on combat boots. My personal favorite color for hiking boots are taupe – like the ones I’m wearing – as they feel fresh and playful.

What are your tricks for layering plus size fashion? I’d love to hear about them – let me know in the comments! Until next time, honeybees.

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