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I want to try 'layering' with my clothes but not sure what to buy, any suggestions please?

(35 Posts)
Jemster Sat 24-Oct-15 21:17:07

I am quite short size 12 but am conscious of my tummy in some of my old clothes which are a little tight for me now.
I've heard on here about layering clothes & thought this might be a good thing to try to disguise the mum tum.
On the other hand I don't want anything too floaty or bulky as I am petite & don't want to be swamped.

What's the best way to do layering, how many layers do you wear & where do you buy things from?
I went to the shops today & just wandered around aimlessly as I didn't know what to buy.

Piratespoo Sat 24-Oct-15 21:26:24

You area he same size as me, with a tummy too. I try to do this. Google Lagenlook, especially on eBay, and you will see the type of things that layer well. Especially italian clothes that layer. Some are expensive, but not all, and often these types of clothes are often sold in independant shops in high streets in touristy areas and oddly, garden centres, I have found!

BrendaandEddie Sat 24-Oct-15 21:29:42

that lagenlook stuff is so unflattering

dont do that
just buy some too thin to wear alone long line vests and close fitting ts

shove under things

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sat 24-Oct-15 21:32:49

H&M longline vests - brilliant.

Lagenlook images look like my RE teacher at school, who must have been at least 26 stone. Can't see it being flattering on anybody.

BrandNewAndImproved Sat 24-Oct-15 21:33:02

What actually is layering. If I started taking off tops it would mess my makeup up.

BaBaBaBoomBoom Sat 24-Oct-15 21:36:53

I use sainsburys long line vest tops under most of my clothes.
I find 1- they help smooth over my lumps and bumps, under any clothes and 2- that it means I'm slightly less conscious of wearing leggings as the under top covers my bum!
I wouldn't say i was great though.. Always open to other advise!

BrandNewAndImproved Sat 24-Oct-15 21:45:43

I've just had a Google and it's wearing tops with a jacket.

Seriously is that really what layering is? Wearing a jacket!

BrendaandEddie Sat 24-Oct-15 21:49:25

jersey can make other things cling though tbh
I m over layering. find it restrictive and annoying

Jemster Sat 24-Oct-15 21:53:21

Thanks for the replies.
I'm not sure if it will be for me but what's the alternative when you are self-conscious of tummy?
I can just about squeee into my jeans but it's not a pretty sight from the waist up!

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sat 24-Oct-15 21:55:41

A typical Autumnal look for me would be skinnies, long line vest, jumper, biker jacket. T shirt over the vest and under the jumper if it's chilly. Scarf on top. I like the vests because they are just long enough to cover my bum in skinnies.

I wouldn't dream of leaving the house in leggings and a vest, however long it was. Sorry, BaBa. I've seen too many women who have clearly left the house thinking their bum is covered and their leggings look okay - far too often, it really isn't and they really don't.

Dungandbother Sat 24-Oct-15 21:59:53

Body square tops and a long line vest underneath.
Tops with a uneven hem - longer at the back or cut up on the sides with long line vest

Believe it or now, horizontal stripes on top half for a tum but not too tight.
Waist cinching jackets ( again, boxy with two or more buttons, not single breasted shape and puff shoulders) try Zara and a longer top underneath

I wear jeans with everything mind.

poorbuthappy Sat 24-Oct-15 22:00:45

Always thin layers otherwise it bulks you up.

Dungandbother Sat 24-Oct-15 22:00:50

*boxy not body
As in wider and as wide to hem as the shoulders

Dungandbother Sat 24-Oct-15 22:02:04

Look in gap for their fine knit cotton tops to layer. Got to be fine knit, viscose or cotton works well with elastane for comfort

hettie Sat 24-Oct-15 22:36:30

Try looking for ruched long line tops ( think thin and tight but forgiving because of the ruching). These can go under long shirts with skinnies, or with a cardi...

Toffeelatteplease Sat 24-Oct-15 22:43:03

Layering is good for when you are experiencing cold weather or changeable weather. I would question it's merits for covering a tum.

Layering might mean a top or vest, then a shirt... then a thin jumper... then a thick hoodie/cardigan.... jacket or coat. At home I would probably just wear top and jumper. Fantastic for trapping layers of heat but bulky if done wrong.

Walkingonsunshine00 Sat 24-Oct-15 22:48:28

A vest top with a button up shirt on top?

Ledkr Sat 24-Oct-15 22:59:30

That lagen stuff is vile sorry!
Do not wear it.

quirkychick Sat 24-Oct-15 23:12:31

Yy to h&m longline vests. You want the underneath layer to be long but thin. Their long-sleeved tops are good too, not quite so long but still tummy covering.

Remus I often wear similar atm. Wearing skinnies, h&m vest, gap thin knit jumper, scarf today.

Lagenlook stuff is very bulky. Hush used to have a video on layering on their website it might still be there. Layering is kind of essential with changeable English weather, no?

burnishedsilver Sat 24-Oct-15 23:24:30

Cotton vests and longline long sleeve tops from h&m and primark will hold the tummy in under the next layer.

lurkingfromhome Sun 25-Oct-15 01:16:02

Basically you want the innermost layer to hold you in like a sausage skin, so longline vest. Something less fitted on top (linen tshirt, print blouse, boxy fine knit, long cardigan with thin belt etc).

Look at the pix on the Hush website for inspiration.

On no account buy any clothes for sale in a garden centre.

Run from anything labelled lagenlook unless you want to look like a retired art teacher from a 1970s secondary modern.

ActualPhotoOfMe Sun 25-Oct-15 01:56:27

I thought this was layering? confused I was wearing tights, leggings, a fine knit long-sleeved top, the smock which has three-quarter sleeves, and the fleece.

I've got a huge stick-out tummy and feel the cold badly. I wear a lot of tunic-type dresses with long-sleeved tops underneath, and sometimes with a skirt or shorts as well as leggings/tights. Design-wise, the idea is to chop up my silhouette so there are plenty of focal points away from my middle.

Jemster Sun 25-Oct-15 07:32:17

Thanks for all the suggestions. I have bought the H&m long vests before but they didn't fit me well, too loose around the shoulders & clingy round tummy.
I'm actually trying to minimise my clothes a bit to make life simpler so I guess buying lots of layers won't help with this.
Does anyone have any other ideas for clothes that are flattering with a mum tum? Basically I realise I need to shift it with diet & exercise!!

BrendaandEddie Sun 25-Oct-15 07:55:11

that might actually be easier!

Runningupthathill82 Sun 25-Oct-15 08:03:16

When I was shifting my tummy after DS1 I wore a lot of skinnies with a big boxy T shirt - often with a thin vest underneath as it was spring and cold - and a jacket.
I also did what I guess would be called a "layering" look with thin slouchy jumpers (chiefly from Topshop), with one or two thin vests underneath (usually Warehouse, I didn't like the bulk the long line H&M ones add to my arse).

Layering isn't really a "thing", I just see it as wearing lots of thin clothes at once. Like my mum does when she wears a M&S t shirt with a "nice blouse" and then a thin v neck jumper on top.

IMO, though, if you're going to layer tops, your bottom half needs to be streamlined. And skinnies are best for that. Perhaps a close fitting skirt (jersey pencil?) with tights.
Leggings are not an option - not only are they horrendous on me anyway, but with a vest and t shirt I look like a chubby dancer auditioning for Fame. I also see lots of people walking around thinking their best covers their arse when it never does.

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