The Fashion Memo

The look: layer like a fashion editor

Look 1: white blazer, Frankie Shop; tank top, Loro Piana; leather pants, Loewe; suede bag, Khaite; mules, Porte & Paire; sunglasses, Stella McCartney; earrings, Completedworks. Look 2: shirt, Emma Willis; tank top, Loro Piana; jeans, Citizens of Humanity; bag, Chloé; loafers, Aeyde; sunglasses, Bottega Veneta; earrings, Paco Rabanne

Honed over countless fashion weeks, the art of layering is every seasoned fashion editor’s secret weapon – because stepping out of an intensely air-conditioned car and into a jam-packed show venue, followed by an after-party in a fashionable but drafty warehouse, used to be the norm. Mastering layering successfully is just as key in ‘the new normal’. Need to dress up your trackpants and tank top for a Zoom call with colleagues? A well-tailored blazer and a chunky chain necklace will do the trick. Going on a socially distanced date in the park and not sure how much to dress up? A relaxed knit and jeans say you’re not trying too hard, while a structured leather jacket and statement earrings show you’re putting in some effort.

The key is to start with one statement piece and build your outfit around it with simple yet complementary separates, as well as some winning accessories that will lend a fashion-forward finish. For example, take a classic jeans-and-shirt combo up a notch by layering Loro Piana’s luxe knitted tank on top. Simple suede loafers and a top-handle bag add a preppy feel, while cool, square-framed sunglasses and chunky gold earrings give the look an edge.

On days when you’ll likely be segueing between temperatures or formal and casual dress codes, pair the knit with leather pants for added polish, and shrug on a tailored blazer when the mercury drops.