The German trend of lagenlook (literally translated as ‘layered look’), is fast gaining popularity in the UK. Items of clothing that you’d usually save for the warmer days of summer can be transformed with creative layering to take you all the way through to winter, and back, which means you don’t have to spend more money on clothes for the different seasons. Not only does lagenlook help you save the pennies, you can experiment with different items and come up with a wider variety of different outfits. For plus size women, the thought of adding bulk to their outfits can seem daunting, but as long as you follow these essential rules, you’ll find that it’s a look that works for all shapes and sizes.
Mix Light and Dark Colours
Think about colour blocking, where darker, visually slimming blocks of colour on an item of clothing are strategically placed over parts of the body that we want to minimise. If you’re layering your outfit, you’ll want to follow this rule of thumb, and use lighter colours to emphasize the parts of your body that you’re most proud of.
If you’re wearing different layers you don’t want to over-do it with statement accessories, your outfit will be eye-catching enough. Choosing simple, attractive jewellery and a stunning bag will top off the look to perfection.
Don’t go Overboard with Layers
Don’t be fooled into thinking you can just throw on half the items in your wardrobe and rock lagenlook. It might look quirky and boho on a waiflike girl, but for real women with curves we need to consider how best to accentuate our womanly figure. However delicate and lightweight your layers are, put too many on and even the skinniest of women can start to look chunky. If you’re not sure about how much is too much, check out some of the Lagenlooks found at navabi.co.uk for inspiration.
Keep Your Top Layers Structured
To show off your figure to its best advantage, choosing tailored outer layers is a must. A jacket with a cinched in waist or a belted shirt will show off your waist and accentuate your curves to perfection.
Enhance your Silhouette
Even with a number of layers, you’ll want to keep a sharp and sexy silhouette, so make sure that you choose pieces that are nicely fitted and give you a knockout shape.
Work with Your Positives
Think carefully about your best features, and don’t drown them in baggy items of clothing. If you’re proud of your long legs then go for leggings or tailored jeans on your bottom half, and a pair of killer heels always works wonders if you want to make your legs look even longer. If you don’t want to emphasise your chest then choose interesting necklines and short necklaces to draw the attention further up.
Once you’re confident in the basics of layering for plus size women, you can have fun and experiment with a variety of different styles and items of clothing.
Chelsea Sinclair is a curvy fashion diva. She passionately pursues style methods for the everyday woman to look and feel beautiful and fashion forward.