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Yes! You Can Wear It: Layered Looks

10/24/2006 at 06:00 AM ET

For many of us, the thought of piling on layers of clothes before we leave the house can be a little intimidating: How do we know what will look good? Won’t all those extra layers make us fat? Well, as StyleWatch Online Editor Angela Matusik talked about on CBS’s The Early Show, this look is not as hard as it may seem. Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind to help you get the Layered Look this season. For how-to-buy info for the clothes seen on the show, click through to the next page.

Layering makes clothes that don’t seem wearable, wearable. See that short tunic on Sienna Miller (near left)? Layering means you can wear something as short as that, even in cold temps, without fear of exposing too much to the cold (or strangers).

Slim down your look with lean, dark bottoms. If you choose to wear something with a lot of volume on top, like Kate Bosworth (far left), keep the bottom half of your look dark and lean. Make sure your shoes or boots are the same color as pants, tights or leggings.

Wear lightweight pieces under chunky knits and wools. Don’t layer chunky clothes over other chunky pieces. Keep your look slim by picking lightweight fabrics, like cotton jersey, to wear underneath. That way you can add color and warmth without bulk, like Beyonce’s cropped blazer (center).

Click through to the next page to see how to get the looks from The Early Show.

Photo: Elizabeth Lippman/Splash News; Hector Vallenilla/Pacific Coast News;
Heining-Steinberg/INF

Look 1:
Rebecca Taylor Jacket, $388, and Rebecca Taylor blouse, $205, Rebecca Taylor Boutique NYC, 212-966-0406
J.Crew Southport-striped Trousers, $138, jcrew.com

Look 2:
Club Monaco stripped sweater, $89, Club Monaco stores
J.Crew Inverted-pleat flannel miniskirt, $88, jcrew.com

Look 3:
J. Crew Sweater, $128, jcrew.com
J Brand Jeans, $159, where JBrand Jeans are sold

Look 4:
Club Monaco vest, $99, Club Monaco stores stores
Theory Velvet pants, $225, saks.com

Look 5:
Necessary Objects green tweed jumper, $68, and blouse, $58, where Necessary Objects clothing is sold.

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amanda on

I love the layered look. It is a really great trend because you could look stylish while staying warm and that can be hard to do some times!

liz on

Layered looks are cute, but Beyonce DEFINETELY needs to change her hair in this pic…her hat is about to pop off her head…

dana on

I like the layered look cause it hides my fat

Wendy on

I have always loved the layered look and even though I live in a warmer climate I have always layered my look. It’s fun to mix and match a lot of great looking pieces.

gloria on

Does anyone know where Rachel Bilson got her sleeveless puffer vest (black) she wore w/ Adam Brody. The picture is called Northern Exposure. She is wearing light pink hat and black boots with a chanel bag.

Norah on

I think I actually wear TOO MUCH of the layered look latley. It is a stylish way to keep warm though.

Just want to say something off topic…look at Kate Bosworth! Why is everyone bugging Nicole Richie?! Kate is SO MUCH WORSE LOOKING. She looks like she is going to evaporate! There HAS to be an eating disorder, just look at her head!! It is too big for her skeleton body. That is not sexy.

sprout on

Yipes! Amen, sister!

Layered look = cute.

Kate Bosworth sickening state = not so cute. Someone help that woman! Seriously! Eating disorder? Drug problem? She didn’t always look like that, so I don’t believe the “don’t hate the skinny girl” b-s in this case!

Carolina on

The layered look is very stylish!! Lately, I’ve been seeing people over do it though!! It’s trendy when you know what your doing!!

Dee on

The layered look has saved many of my outfits. On another note, please leave Kate Bosworth alone! Where have u been that u think people haven’t picked on this girl enough? Believe it or not, she looks like she has gained some weight since the infamous NY fashion week photos. Her sternum area looks better in other photos taken from this Paris fashion week and the Hilfiger party. People on the road to recovery deserve a break. If u r truly concerned about people, u would spare them the rude comments/gossip which doesn’t help. Truth is that most of these celebrities have been through an alarmingly “thin” period (did u catch Sienna after she filmed “Factory Girl”?) and most have rebounded quite nicely. Let’s give these people some space, particularly someone like KB who is fairly low key.

kate on

hi- does anyone know where i can get leggings like the ones that sienna is wearing? i want them!

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