My mentor Judith Rasband is famous for saying, “It’s not just what you wear, but how you wear it.” Today a delightful encounter with a child showed me that it’s not just what you wear, but the order in which you wear it.
This afternoon I was on set styling a 6-year-old boy who was going to be modeling a sharp looking three-piece suit. He assured his nanny and I that he wouldn’t need help getting dressed and with an independent air, went into the dressing room solo to clothe himself. He came out a few minutes later wearing the shirt, vest, and slacks with no jacket in sight. Upon closer investigation I discovered that he had accidentally put the jacket on underneath his shirt and vest, against his skin instead of as a third layer piece. Of course I delicately suggested we change the order of things — he quickly mastered the revised order and looked terrific.
A good rule of thumb for deciding what layer? Thinner layers go underneath and thicker layers go on top. Any additional layer to the outside should be visually or actually thicker than the layer underneath. That way you won’t end up wearing a chiffon vest overtop of a cable knit sweater.
It’s not just what you wear, folks — the order counts, too.