Spring Layering

Spring is a wonderful time to layer because you can use less layers and brighter colors. I’m sharing my three favorite ways to layer below, but first a few general tips to brush up our layering skills:

  • Vary in fabric, weight, and texture. You’ll seldom want multiple layers of the same type of clothing. Make sure you’re changing things up and throwing in different items, such as a chambray shirt under a sweater under a puffer vest.
  • Layer from lightest to heaviest. The fabric closest to your body should fit a little snugger and be lighter weight than the rest of your layers. This will ensure proportion and avoid any sloppiness.
  • Show those layers. If you can’t see a layer, then you’re only adding unnecessary bulk to your outfit. Make sure some of each layer is showing.

My favorite way to layer is with my button down shirts and bright sweaters. It makes a great transition from colder temps to Spring when I can layer with my pastels.


Another way I love to layer is a button down shirt over a dress. It causes you to be creative and experiment with different shirts and dresses you haven’t worn together before. Plus, this look comes off as both polished and fashion-forward.

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 8.10.29 PMvia @hannahshanae

Lastly, I love blazers, which are perfect for spring weather when your heavy winter coat is no longer needed. Who doesn’t love Princess Kate’s use of bright pants, beautiful silk scarf, and classic navy blazer?

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How do you layer for Spring?


6 Comments on Spring Layering

  1. Alex
    March 25, 2015 at 11:22 am (8 years ago)

    I usually wear a button down under a sweater, but I’ve seen the button down over the dress a lot recently and want to try it out!

    Alex | Mrs. Mason Dixon

    • thedressdecoded
      March 27, 2015 at 9:57 am (8 years ago)

      I did it last spring and I loved it, really opened up new outfit ideas for me.

    • thedressdecoded
      March 27, 2015 at 9:57 am (8 years ago)

      Thank you so much!

  2. Hayley Swearingen
    April 1, 2015 at 10:33 am (8 years ago)

    Such great outfits! The coral pants on Kate are fab-wish I could pull off a blazer!!

    • thedressdecoded
      April 1, 2015 at 11:35 am (8 years ago)

      I bet you can! The key is to get it fitted so it doesn’t look too school-boy.


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