When it comes to winter fashion, layers are key, both stylistically and functionally. But layers can be tricky and a little intimidating. It's easy to go from stylishly layered to over-layered. But designer Michelle Smith makes layering look effortless in the Fall/Winter 2011 runway show for her collection Milly By Michelle Smith.
Milly by Michelle Smith's fall/winter show was all about layered pieces with a '70s flare, giving the collection a country feel with a fresh, preppy aesthetic.
Want to learn how rock winter layers? Then check out our recreation of Milly's luscious layers:
Look #1: Back in Black
This outfit mixes fabrics and patterns in a subtle way to create a sleek, chic look.
Here, Ms Mason pairs a soft pleated skirt with a knitted argyle print sweater and ruffled shirt, and tops it all off with a patterned scarf. The different fabrics and textures make the outfit interesting, while the simple color palette keeps it sleek.
Getting the Look
To recreate this ensemble, start with a black pleated skirt. Add a ruffled white blouse layered with a black argyle cardigan for interest. Tuck both your tops in and pull the look together with a bow belt. Next, mix in color with a yellow and white dotted scarf, and don't forget to cover your legs with grey tights and cognac riding boots. Finish off the look with a floppy hat.
Look #2: Colorful Layers
Many people are afraid to wear color during the winter but this outfit is a prime example of how to make it work. It's structured and put-together, yet still has an eclectic twist thanks to the mixture of colors and textures.
Getting the Look
To recreate this colorful outfit, start with a simple foundation: a basic black skirt. From there, layer on a purple blouse and a dark green cardigan. Top off your layers with a corduroy jacket, and layer your legs with grey tights and black booties. Add an extra pop of color with a bright yellow bag and polish it off with a black cloche. Finish with a bright red lip.
Look #3: Ruffle Waterfall
This look has a great country feel to it. By pairing a formal style gown with more muted basics, Michelle Smith turns a normally fancy dress into an everyday staple.
Getting the Look:
Here, I recreated Michelle's look with an added twist by pairing a flowing, layered navy maxi skirt with a chunky knit. I then layered on a grey peacoat. For warmth, I added grey knit tights and cognac heeled boots. Finally, I accessorized the look with simple, yet polished tan gloves.
What do you think?
Which look is your favorite? Which look would you most likely wear? What designers would you like to see featured here in the future?