Why, when the sun is beating down and the weather is hot, would you consider layering in the summer? Well, for one, it's a lot more stylish than, say, daisy dukes and a tube top. Second, it's one of the hottest trends for the 2012 season, and third, you never know when you'll be blasted by a too- cold AC at a bar, restaurant, office, or movie theater.
The key to layering up for hot weather is to keep it light and play with proportion, putting shorter layers under longer and wearing heels to boost your overall length. Take inspiration from the spring runways with these layering tips.
Layer On: Sheer
Notice the color and different lengths in this Jil Sander outfit which typifies the perfect summer layered look. Sticking to mostly white keeps it summer-ready. Layering the shortest piece over a medium length top, while having the longest piece the most sheer is a fresh way to achieve symmetrical balance. Of course, you can always wear a pair of standout shoes to add a pop of color, or carry a pashmina in a bright hue.
Layer On: A Buttoned Skirt
This look from Daks is a throwback to 1950s ladylike chic, yet cutting edge enough to feel modern. Take a cue and pick up a buttoned full skirt. A pair of shorts (or hot pants if you're daring) underneath is sexy to the max, but still covered up. Too chic for words.
Layer On: Statement Blazer
Rag & Bone took layering to a whole new level for its Spring/Summer 2012 collection. While the overarching trend was "sporty", they also embraced layering. Neutral looks are never going to lose their classic, simple appeal. If you find yourself wearing beige or dark colors head to toe, it's time for a statement layering topper like this aqua blazer.
Layer On: A Vest
Phillip Lim's collection mixed ultra-sleek all black and sheer layering with sorbet colors light enough to accommodate even the most conservative summer "white party." He also reminded us of how important a vest can be to break up a monochrome look with color, or lack thereof.
Layer On: Lace
Because lace is inherently see-through, and many pieces you buy won't come with a lining, it's the perfect excuse for layering up. When most girls think about covering their important bits under lace, they go for a slip or tank in the same color. Preen took a different route that we encourage you to emulate. Put some color under your lace and pull off two trends at once: a bright unexpected pop of pigment with ladylike detail.
Layer On: Accessories
Let's face it, we're in a recession. You might not be able to take a shopping trip to buy a lot of extra pieces to throw on top of one another. That's why we suggest layering your accessories. This is yet another stacked trend seen all over runways. Big chunky bracelets and strings of beads (seen here from Chanel), not to mention rings on multiple fingers, were all the rage. Don't hesitate to dump out your jewelry box and see what you can put together. Don't be afraid to mix metals, rhinestones, beads, and colors. Just keep your outfit chill and neutral the crazier you go with your baubles.