With each passing year I find the summers here in the valley more and more tiresome and seeminglyendless. Just when I think I’ve reached my breaking point, fall fashion spreads start dotting the magazines while fall frocks begin gracing retailers’ racks. While it may still be months before those fashions are even remotely appropriate for Phoenicians, I keep myself sane by scooping up cute layering pieces that can work during the remaining weeks of the sizzling summer and later transition to the much longed for crisp autumn days!
When this cardigan appeared on Anthropologie’s website a few weeks ago I knew it had to be mine. It obviously meets the criteria of being a layering piece that can work for both summer and fall, but what I adore most about this sweater is that it strikes the perfect balance between sophisticated with the classic pairing of black and white and quirky with the over sized giraffe print. Even though the print is rather bold it’s not a tricky one to work with as the color combination is neutral enough that it can be layered over black, as seen here, or over any number of colors for added dimension and interest.
Layering pieces are one of the easiest ways to incorporate color or pattern into your wardrobe and can help infuse a little more style, and fun, to your look. When selecting cardigans think about your closet as a whole and pick up ones that will compliment a variety of pieces you already own. Select colors that will work across seasons and in a variety of settings or find patterns that will help elevate garments rather than competing with them. (A rule of thumb is to make sure the patterned piece’s predominate color is the same as the main garment’s.) And most importantly, remember to have fun with layering; if it makes you smile you know you’ve found a winning combination!
Style Notes: Anthropologie cardigan (summer 2013) / Target peplum (spring 2013; perfect for fall) / Anthropologie shorts (spring 2013) / Anthropologie necklace (spring 2013) / Anthropologie earrings (spring 2013) / Halogen shoes via Last Chance (fall 2012; love these) / Anthropologie shades (summer 2013) / Kate Spade bracelet (winter 2012; love this)