For the Bohemian woman, saying goodbye to whimsical summer dresses and making way for winter warmers can conjure up a feeling of dread. But Rebecca Cohen has designed a Fall/Winter 2017 collection for her New York-based brand LoveShackFancy that is so perfect, compromising your free-spirited style for practicality is a thing of the past. Loved by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chrissy Teigen, it takes ethereal prints and silhouettes associated with summer, but styles them with fall-approved pieces in innovative ways.
Cohen, who launched the brand in 2013, found inspiration during her days as a fashion and beauty editor traveling the world. Now, LoveShackFancy’s ethos of eclectic and original Bohemia encapsulates the spirit of the cultures, people, and places she witnessed along the way. But, this season, what really sets this brand apart from others are the endless possibilities that it presents when it comes to layering.
For example, the silky slipdress becomes winter-appropriate in the form of heavy velvet, and in place of bare skin is a statement-sleeved sweater. Meanwhile, the frothy printed skirts that could be deemed too summery are now paired with printed tights and a slinky cardigan as a top. Clever, right? Eradicating the snore-inducing combinations we’ve worn winter in and winter out, Savoir Flair looks at five new ways to play with layers, as inspired by LoveShackFancy’s FW17 collection.
Slipdresses Over Sweaters
A concept we’ve seen a few times on street-style icons, a slipdress – preferably velvet – over a chunky knit is the perfect way to wear your spaghetti-strapped pieces when the weather is less than permitting. Try a statement-sleeved sweater, like LoveShackFancy’s ruffled one, for the extra wow factor. Add ankle boots to finish off your ensemble.
Cardigans as Tops
The perfect way to stay warm without too many clunky layers ruining your look? A cardigan worn as a top, a trick loved by fashion editors and street-style stars alike. Opt for a slim-fitting knit tucked into a voluminous skirt or a maxi-length cardigan slightly unbuttoned for the evening – the latter could even work as your new favorite dress.
Chunky Knitwear Belted at the Waist
Waists are back in a big way for fall, and the Pinterest-loved trick of knotting your belt (rather than looping it) is the best way to cinch in heavy layers. LoveShackFancy’s collection uses belts everywhere, particularly as a finishing touch for heavy cardigans and longline knits worn open.
Necklines and Sleeve Lengths Layered Together
Layering sleeve lengths and necklines is the best way to create interest and illusion, and avoids the “I’m wearing everything I own to stay warm” look. Turtlenecks layered with deep Vs and cardigans, or asymmetric shoulders with long-sleeve tops underneath are big winners, especially when clashing textures.
Delicate Tops as Finishing Touches
Your floaty summer fabrics are no longer to be packed away until warmer climes – just think of them as the final additions to your fall outfits. Wear your delicate floral and lace tops all at once, mixing prints and necklines that work together.