Lagenlook-The Art of Layering
Lagenlook, or "layering look" was first introduced in Germany and has rapidly grown to be a look much sought after across the globe because of its ease, comfort, and coverage. And the best part? You can do this all without compromising individual style. In fact, it is a wonderful way to dress if you like to play up your individual style and get a little creative. There are so many things to love about the "Lagenlook", one being that it knows no age or size. When dressing for your shape, first identify your shape-ask yourself what you would like to accentuate, and what you would like to downplay. If you are petite, make sure that your clothes do not swallow you whole or overwhelm your small frame. The Olsen twins are cute, but I think would be a lot cuter if you could well, notice something besides their heads. If you have a curvier frame, wear pieces that accentuate those God-given curves. If you wish, you can wear the "baggier" pieces over areas that you wish to downplay-but please, don't feel like you have to look like a tent. A common theme in Lagenlook fashion is Asymmetry: in hemlines, necklines, with the use of gathering, etc. I believe that this is a fine tool in really getting into the "art" of layering. Using the lines to draw attention to certain areas, and to create balance as well. A dramatic diagonal line (such as in a skirt) is going to draw the eyes up as well as down, while a handkerchief hemline is going to draw the eye across. Asymmetrical necklines are hardly a miss for young to middle aged women, as the decolletage is a beautiful area to accentuate. The whole process of putting together a Lagenlook can be fun because you get to "play". Try layering pieces of different lengths, textures, density, silhouettes, and patterns. Feel free to mix and match: pair neutrals with a pop of color in a cropped cardigan, or piece together like colors for a more monochromatic and subtle look (depending on your mood or personality). While some people can pull it off, since there is likely to be several things going on in a Lagenlook already, a plethora of multi-colored pieces is apt to look overly busy. Experiment with sheer fabric over opaque. Almost always build heavier and roomier pieces over lighter and more form fitting ones: start with a pair of skinny pants and add a shirt with bell sleeves with a cool vest over it, and wrap a chunky scarf. Or keep the vest and opt for an off the shoulder shirt for a peek-a-boo effect. This may be a natural style for you or you may have to play around with it for a bit, but have fun. While you may have to go through a little trial and error, this look is suited for every woman. And at Beyond Cotton, we are a big fan. So many pieces that are chosen maintain a versatility that is great for the Lagenlook...so take a look!