It all started with this photo from the Aquilano Rimondi Spring, 2016 show. Of course the quilt of tiled shine drew me in, to then appreciate the simple silhouette of the mini and top. But this was something different–the way it was layered over a long button-down.
A couple years ago we began seeing layering in oddball ways. The first time I saw someone wear a foundational bra over a shirt I thought, “Come on!” I dismissed it as an attention-getting device–“what is the weirdest thing we can put together to stand out.” But more subtle blending of the theme with riffs, more than literal renditions, has made me a convert. Things like woven camisoles, bandeau tops and hanging, strappy finishings now tie the layering together on top.
Then, last spring popularity grew in waist-emphasis overlays and corset belts. Sometimes the definition was in softer forms, going the length of the mid-section. Taking it further down the line, why not layer close-fitting mini skirts to emphasize (or coverup) our lower frame! Just as the contradiction of adding more fabric in ruching is flattering to curves, so is using an overlay like a mini to smooth out the hip area.
I tried the Rimondi look during New York Fashion Week in September, and loved the unique spin it gave my outfit. It’s a fresh look that hasn’t been mainstreamed yet. Now every time I see a mini I envision the layering potential. I bought this silvered, leather skirt on sale last winter at Topshop, to add to my growing stockpile. I like it with the slim, simple knit in an unexpected color pairing. Then the print jacket brings all the hues together, and the classic accessories balance all the elements.
The emphasis of fabric, texture, decoration that stands out on a nothing slice of mini silhouette, has always baited me. And this time of year, minis with sequins, beading, or metallics are everywhere–soon to be marked down! Try this untapped style with me–it’s fun to buy, resourceful, and new worn over traditional pieces of clothing.
See more of this layering idea in our next Minis Mini Series story.
Photo Cover Image: Vogue. Other photos: Dawn Bell Solich