I often hear the words, “I don’t know how to layer” when it comes to dressing for summer, or for changing weather. Many people think that creating a functional, stylish layered look is a complex task, but it’s actually quite straightforward.

Here are some simple tips to pull it off like a pro:

1. For summer, keep it lightweight. Lighter fabrics will allow you to add layers without adding bulk. Try chiffon, challis, chambray, voile, poplin and light knits.

2. Wear long over short and short over long to create balance. You can also try a tank layer under your cropped or long combinations.

3. More is more for temperature control – you can have a short shirt, a vest, a cardigan and a scarf or pashmina all layered up easily so you can have options for keeping warm in air conditioned environments and cool in the heat.

4. Remember to repeat elements of design to help the layers work well together. Colour, line, shape, texture or weight can all be used to pull different items together.

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