Layering with Whitney Olschwanger

Layering with Whitney Olschwanger

We tapped L.A. stylist Whitney Olschwanger to put her unique twist on our resort pieces, and the results mix color, texture and proportion beautifully. So we asked for her tips on how to layer like a pro. Read on for her tricks and more outfit inspiration.

Whitney in the carnival skirt

Q: How do you approach layering pieces with volume?

A: I think for me it is all about showing clean lines and certain elements to flatter the figure. For me, I have a smaller waist with a curvier bottom half so I always either tuck in a top with a lot of volume to a pair of high-waisted pants or a skirt or layer it under a dress and belt it. I have a variety of belt widths for different styles of dresses as well. The goal for me is to show the waist so the volume doesn’t matter if it is tucked in or belted properly.

Whitney in the Freja Dress in Kelly Green

Q: When combining textures, what do you look for to pair pieces?

A: I look for different weights of fabrics to create a balance when they go on the body.  I also look for elements that work to layer together so I find that I buy a balance of key core pieces such as a perfect cashmere grey sweater and fun pieces like an amazing printed blouse or cardigan that can be worn in a variety of different ways. 

Whitney in the Eclipse Dress

Q: How do you approach adding pops of colors with accessories?

A: I love working with a neutral base and then layering a pop of color to the look whether it is in the form of a printed or colorful mock neck turtleneck, belt or pair of earrings. I think it is best to only use one pop when it comes to accessories and that can be matched back to one article of clothing. Merlette has some really fun printed dress styles this season that you can use one of the colors from the print and match a cardigan or crew neck sweater in the same fabric to balance out and make the look more appropriate for a cooler climate.

Whitney in the Shaw Vest

Q: What is your approach to wearing resort wear when not on vacation?

A: Well, first of all I live in Los Angeles, so we can mostly wear resort-wear all year round.  In the winters I will layer a lightweight sweater or cardigan over my dresses to give it more of a top/skirt vibe or I will also layer a light weight sweater or blouse under the dress.  I also have a variety of fun jackets and lightweight coats that I layer over my dresses to give them more of a fall/cold weather feel.

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