Trend Alert: Layering

Layering garments of different fabrics, textures, colors and weights can be a fun and interesting way to spruce up an outfit. In fact, layering is a popular trend right now across the board, from high school hallways to top designer houses. Dolce & Gabbana, Rag & Bone and Givenchy all recently featured layered looks, comprised of chunky jackets, sweaters, scarves, boots and leggings of various textures, on the catwalks. Fashion-forward women favor boots over leggings or knee socks, fitted tees paired with medium- or lightweight jackets, printed cardigans and colorful scarves. Men prefer chunky sweaters, jackets of various weights and materials and vintage tees under button-down shirts.

Layering is also great for the workplace. Gabrielle Rohde, merchandise manager at Sportco, emphasizes the use of women's cardigans for that same look. "Our full-fashioned knit cardigans fit better than others because they follow the lines of the body," she says. "All our sweaters are a machine washable 80/20 cotton/poly blend that doesn't pill."

Rohde believes that cardigans' versatility means they will always be a staple in women's daily wardrobe. "Layering is a necessity for women not only to keep them warm but also to allow them to cool off," she adds. Whether they're lightweight sweaters, jackets or scarves, "every women needs layering pieces," says Rohde. 

As for the trend's longevity, Rohde is only optimistic. "Layering pieces are not only basic components of a woman's wardrobe; the variety of lengths, sleeve lengths and, most importantly, fashion details have also made them fun, not just needed," she says. "I think women are buying a layering piece to both compliment and coordinate with their outfit. It's a fashion statement that is also very utilitarian."