How To Wear Layers Like A True French Mademoiselle

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

It’s been raining, the air got much crispier and I’ve been thinking about cozy layers, warm socks and knit scarves. One of my autumn/winter goals is to master the French art of layering and what I mean by that is not to look like an onion. So when a few days ago I spotted Gabrielle's post I almost jumped up with excitement as she shared a few handy tips on French layering that I can not wait to try. Here is a handful:

 - Always start with a blouse or button down, then add a cardigan or a pullover and top it off with a jacket or a coat. For winter or when it gets really cold you can also add a tee as a base layer and then put the blouse, sweater, coat on top of that.

- Your outfit can not be complete without a scarf. Fun fact: Gabrielle said that French ladies always wear scarves and the only place you can spot them without it is on the beach. Ha!

- Most of the layers are classic colours like brown, black, navy, so to add a pop of colour French women usually wear a bolder scarf. Good idea, don’t you think?

- Also, she mentioned that the basics layers are meant to be worn frequently which will give you a great base for the rest of the outfit + the bolder colour scarf.

Her ideas got me thinking about creating a few classic colour basic sets in my closet so it will be easier to layer them with fun cardigans or a bolder pair of pants. What do you think? Do you like layering? What’s your favourite combination? xo

P.S: Plus a few tips on texture mix for your layers.
P.P.S: Remember this girl? She definitely has it all figured out!

(Photos by The Sartorialist, Jak & Jil, Vanessa Jackman, International Streetstyle and via Quality Time)


Maria Maria Maria said...

These women pull the look off so effortlessly! Thanks for the tips, they'll come in handy once we're out of this heatwave in LA ;)

Vintage Market Place said...

You are such a tease!
I am sweating here in the desert longing for a cool crisp breeze to blow by ;)
I would love to layer but I always come out looking like a football player. I just can't ever seem to pull it off as wonderfully as these ladies do.
Great tips maybe, if it ever gets cold here, I can try them

christin said...

I swear that in a past life, I was French! I only wear neutrals and use the scarf for the pop of color!

Tiffany Kadani said...

Love that they only don't wear on the beach. So chic!

Diana Mieczan said...

Oh boy, Maria! So true, I read this morning that you guys are still having summer in LA. Enjoy the sunshine.

Anacristina said...

layering, so tricky. they make it seem so easy, but i always end up looking bulky. hopefully these tops will help.
x's & o's

Diana Mieczan said...

Haha, Amy! You so should fly over. We have tons of crisp air right now:) Btw: The whole layering thing is pretty tricky but with those simple tip it should work great! Promise.

Diana Mieczan said...

That is so AWESOME, Christin!!! So French - love.

Vintage Market Place said...

I wish Diana. I would catch a plane in a heartbeat to cool off :)

Christianna said...

Gah, this post is great and it makes me wish that it wasn't over 90 degrees here in California! I need me some fall!

Unknown said...

great looks!

bridget anne said...

i adore this! we might have snow this week in denver & now i'm crossing my fingers. : )

Karena said...

I love, love layering Diana. These are perfect examples plus your tips are wonderful!

Art by Karena

HiLLjO said...

I think I'm pretty snazzy at layering; I worked at an URBN lol

I'm taking new tips, though like the awesome ones you found!

Anonymous said...

Oh please tell me about the top photo - love it completely -where to find the fur neck warmer?? The great hat??

Inés said...

Great tips, Diana!
My favorite combination...neutrals + neutrals + neutrals...may be blue...and a punch of red...not too risky, ah?
A big hug!


Sing of Singature Style said...

So inspiring I love it.

Elsa de Diego said...

Amore! I though about creating a 'the art of layering' post, but obviously, after this one, I have nothing else to say...AMAZING! Besos!

Just Another Shopaholic said...

Oh so gorgeous looks!!

Diana Mieczan said...

Amy:) And Bridget, I LOVE your comment:) Fingers crossed for snow:)

Diana Mieczan said...


Diana Mieczan said...

Anonymous, I found 2 that you might like:


Hope that helps:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Inés, sounds totally beautiful, sweetie!

Diana Mieczan said...

Elsa, sending you kisses, my dear. You are such a sweetheart:)

Thelma Frayne said...

Gorgeous looks and great post! I love French style!

Ashleigh said...

Nice! love this guide and will definitely be referring back to it!

Le said...

Been layering since I was a teen.
I even get excited, when I look back on, when I was 12 and no one in my area was layering, I was having some unique fun.
I do adore all the tips. These are definitely, lovely. Excited about layering and I've already bought several scarfs.

Anonymous said...

Diana - I really like the coat in the first picture, any ideas of where I could get one from please x

Diana Mieczan said...

The coat is from a Canadian brand but I am not sure which one. I will try to find out for you, Anonymous.

But here is one that looks very similar:

Hope that helps:)

Jamillah said...

you are a gem...i scrolled down to comment b/c i love this post and saw how helpful and responsive you are to your commenters...gem! diana!

i love the look of layering and i layer however i am 5 feet! with a bit of curves so i feel my layering options are not as vast as these beautiful examples above. but i LOVE your choices they look so chic in that great parisian i'm not even trying way.

Diana Mieczan said...

Aww..thank you, Jamillah! You are so sweet.

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