How to Layer Without the Bulk

Fall fashion is all about layering, but unless you’re careful, you can start looking like the Michelin Man. Here are three quick tips on how to layer your clothes without the bulk.

  1. Layer lighter pieces. A lot of the bulk in layering can come from thick layers like cable knit sweaters or lined pea coats. Look for thinner sweaters, cardigans, and jackets to layer instead so you can keep the warmth without the bulk.
  2. Cinch that waist. Find a way to create a clear waist indentation and it will create the illusion that you have a more hourglass silhouette. This anorak jacket has a drawstring waist which helps to accentuate a nice waist. You can also belt over or underneath your layering piece.
  3. Ditch the jeans. Jeans can add extra unflattering bulk underneath your longer layers. Instead, opt for a pair of streamlined leggings, pants, or trousers without the bulky stitching and pockets. If you’re wearing leggings, just make your derriere is covered!

Anorak jacket: $69.99 | Striped sweater: $69.99 | Mixed metal necklace: $29.99
Styled by Sarah Ward, Wardrobe Stylist for Pala Pala Dress Boutique in Seattle, WA.

What We Wore: Winter Remix Challenge

This week, Jessica Quirk from What I Wore hosted a great Winter Remix Challenge that I was thrilled to be featured in! The idea for the challenge was to take one piece and remix it in a new and different way. I took my Navajo print tee and mixed it up a bit.

I was way impressed and inspired by many of the photos of the other gals who took part in the remix challenge participants! Here are some of my faves:

I’m sensing a trend here — layering, bright, bold colors, stripes, and angular prints. What’s not to love?

Danielle LaPorte’s White Hot Truth

Last Friday I had the pleasure of being nurtured and rejuvenated at Startup Princess’s Touchpoint Conference for women entrepreneurs.  Danielle LaPorte of White Hot Truth was the keynote speaker (a fellow Vancouver girl) who, true to her word, rocked the mic, leaving her audience absolutely enthralled.  In case you missed the event, you’re in luck because her keynote address at Touchpoint was streamed live and you can watch the recording right here.

Kelly King Anderson of Startup Princess with Danielle LaPorte
Kelly King Anderson of Startup Princess with Danielle LaPorte

In addition to being a writer and a speaker, Danielle is a business strategist and has worked with over 500 entrepreneurs in the last 2 years.  In her Firestarter Sessions with clients, she asks them a series of burning questions, 8 of which she shared with us at Touchpoint, including:

  • When do you feel powerful, free, passionate, incredibly useful, excited, inspired?
  • What do people thank you for most often?
  • Who do you think is really cool, elegant, or powerful, and why?

She teaches powerful philosophies relating to authenticity in life and business, that include getting paid to do be yourself, to simply exist.  That whatever you gravitate towards, you possess.  That your strengths are the things that make you feel stronger.  That you’re as free as you believe you are.

As I listened to her words, I started to identify things I wanted to stop doing, like giving away my power.  I felt empowered to own my own space, to create a balanced lifestyle, delegate what I don’t want to do, and truly live. We were encouraged to make a list of how we want to feel and work backwards to create those feelings.  I want to feel deeply rooted, free, recognized, intuitive, loved, inspired.  How do you want to feel?

Me & Danielle
Me & Danielle

What type of fashion blog would this be if I didn’t post a photo of her great outfit!  After teaching the class on layering fashion styling last week, I was really digging the fun combo of her shawl, cowl dress, and snakeskin leggings.

Danielle LaPorte Layering

If you attended Touchpoint, what was your biggest takeaway?