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Layering tips for the Minimalista


Hello my NMFV readers, it’s been a while.

I apologize for my lack of sharing in the past couple weeks. You know those moments when life gets in the way – yeah that was me, and I’m not proud of it. Being almost already halfway through October and all, I decided it was time to get back into the groove of sharing some content with you guys.

Speaking of October, it means us North American folks are officially in the Fall season (even though it’s still deathly hot outside and I went to the beach last weekend and got the worst tan of my life #whitegirlprobs). Weather changes and seasonal dressing aren’t something that Caribbean people have ever had to deal with. It’s either rainy season or dry season in the sweet island of Trinidad and Tobago, so we haven’t had to alter our wardrobe to suit any conditions. To be honest, living in Florida doesn’t necessarily call for any extreme seasonal dressing either, but coming from the Caribbean and having no experience with this, I’ve decided to test the most common advice fashion experts give for dressing for colder months. 

Layer it up

This applies to anyone and every season, but the ultimate key for styling outfits in colder weather is layering! Simple basics are essential for creating the perfect layered look. If your style is less cooky and more classic, layering can feel like a little bit of a stretch, but sticking to your neutral colour palette and pairing simple silhouettes is the formula that balances minimalist style and staying warm.

My list of layering basics includes:

  • Nude/black/white tank tops
  • White/black/grey t-shirts
  • Turtlenecks – sheer and solid (Sheer turtlenecks are the perfect solution for wanting to wear a turtleneck in the Caribbean.)
  • White button-down shirt – we all own this item, and if you don’t then you should.
  • Stockings (fishnets and textured stockings are very in this season),  but your plain black pair will work just fine. 

Owning these basics will make the layering of all your lightweight, thin strap and cotton pieces a lot more achievable – nail down the basics. Layering also allows you the ability to utilize all of the items in your closet throughout the year rather than during only one season. I know for me something I struggle a lot with when it comes to layering is being confident enough to rock a non-traditional outfit.

I’m going to challenge myself this season to try to branch out and experiment with some unique layering techniques with items that are already in my closet.

Leandra Medine of Man Repeller

Layering a basic black turtleneck top under a thin strap laced cami like this one is the perfect solution for taking your lightweight summer dresses into Fall.

Sylvie Mus Rocking her corset and we love the addition of the beach bag!

We all own a cotton white button down shirt (if you don’t, you should). Use this as a layering piece under a corset top like this one. Instead of putting these warm-weather pieces to the back of your closet, try finding ways to wear it just by adding an underlayer. Use your straw beach bag to complete the outfit.

Steph killing it in the layered corset

A pair of fishnets under ripped denim or some shorts and you end up with an edgy outfit that will keep you warm (or warmish).

I hope this post inspires you to step out your comfort zone a little and experiment with layering whatever the weather may be like where you live. For us folks who are no longer loving life in the hot Caribbean islands, try out some of these layering techniques this fall and share it with us! We would love to see what your creative minds come up with!

Thanks for reading,


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