My Keys to Layering

As you have probably been doing as well, all I have been wearing lately is layers and layers as I try to keep warm. I always get questions about layering and I think the key is having a couple basic pieces or styles that you can always turn to so you start your outfit off right. So here are my 4 keys that help me layer with every outfit

My Keys to Layering- Lefty Living Life

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Leather and Lace

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2017, fall, OOTD, cheetah, lace, turtleneck, turtleneck thursday, leather,
One of the reasons I love layering so much, other than the warmth and the turtlenecks, is mixing textures and patterns. Mixing textures can be so unexpected, but even if they are all neutrals, it adds an extra oomph to any outfit. I especially love mixing leather and lace. They are an unexpected combination, but the lace gives the leather that girly touch that I am always looking for in an outfit. In turn, the leather helps to toughen up the lace and make it more sophisticated. Adding a chunky turtleneck and cheetah print heels into the mix was icing on the cake to this otherwise neutral outfit. What are your favorite things to layer in fall? Until next time, XO

P.S. I just realized it’s Thursday so this marks the first official Turtleneck Thursday of fall 2017! 

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Turtleneck Thursday: Work-Wear Turtleneck

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Hello all! Another Turtleneck Thursday is finally here and this one is a good one. I was talking to a friend the other day about my favorite topic, turtlenecks, and she was telling me how she loved to wear them, but had trouble dressing them up for work. Of course, I immediately interjected and told her you can easily dress up a turtleneck! It is just all in the accessories. So for the next couple of Thursdays I am going to give y’all some ways to make your turtlenecks work appropriate.
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This week, pair your turtleneck with a blazer. If you blazer is darker, choose a bright turtleneck and a sparkly necklace so you don’t lose your entire figure or look dull. If you are wearing jeans, choose a dark wash with a pair of neutral heels. With dress pants, you could wear some cute flats or heels even if you need to be more dressed up.
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Either way, if you are having trouble with your turtleneck, think of it like a button-down shirt or long-sleeve top. It doesn’t have to be complicated, so don’t make it complicated. Just go out there and rock that turtleneck. Until next time, XO

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Turtleneck Thursday

Hello all! I’m sorry I’ve been a little MIA this week. Work has been busy and my days seem to end before they even begin. Hopefully, I will be back on track next week! But, in the meantime, I could never forget about Turtleneck Thursday. This week we are taking a small break from an outfit post in favor of an article about some other people who also love turtlenecks this year…men. Sure, turtlenecks are every where for women, especially with snow and layering, but, Devon showed me this crazy interesting article about how men are styling turtlenecks this season too! Check it out and know that when you wear a turtleneck, you are not alone. They are the piece to style this winter! Until next time, XO
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Turtleneck Thursday: Camels and Stripes

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My camel sweater has always been one of my favorite pieces because I love camels and it is a very comfy sweater. However, like most pieces that you are comfortable with, it can be difficult to try new things and create new outfit combinations. 

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But, since I love the sweater so much, I’ve been working hard to find new ways to wear it. Of course, my first thought was to try a turtleneck and this striped one seemed like the perfect addition. 
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The key for me when wearing graphic t-shirts or sweaters like this is a to basically ignore the graphic completely. Take the colors into consideration, but otherwise, don’t be afraid to mix colors and patterns. 
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Many times, some tripes or polka dots are exactly what a graphic piece needs to make it really pop. Turtlenecks come in once again to save my outfit. Until next time, XO. 
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P.S. This is what happens when you have photo shoots with your boyfriend…lots and lots of laughing because I am aggressively awkward. But it was also a blast and the photos turned out great! Thanks Dev XO 

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Turtleneck Thursday: Bright and Sparkly

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Hello all! Another Thursday, another excuse to wear a turtleneck! This turtleneck is the newest addition to my collection and I am so excited about it. It is bold, bright, and just so peppy, which is a nice contract to my other turtlenecks, with are typically more jewel-toned.
One thing I love to do with bight pieces is pair them with lots of sparkles. The bright background really makes the sparkles pop whether it is a turtleneck or not.
Moral of the story this week is that your turtleneck doesn’t have to be dark in color just because it’s winter. Bright colors are perfect to add variety and brighten your wardrobe this winter. Until next time, XO. 

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Turtleneck Thursday: The Base Layer to Your Statement Pieces

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Hello all! Happy Thursday, my favorite day of the week because we get to talk about turtlenecks. Last week, we took a little break because my grandmother came to town and family hang-outs come first. But now, we are back with one of my favorite turtleneck looks. This look is actually from over a year ago, but is still one of the best ways to wear a turtleneck. I always struggle in the winter to wear a dress because I get so cold. I end up throwing on a sweater and completely obscuring the dress with my layers. While the bundled sweater dress is a great look, sometimes you actually want to show your dress! 
I was in that exact position with this dress. It has some interesting detail in the back and doesn’t look great with a sweater because it flares so much. But without another layer, I would have had bare arms and would have been freezing. A turtleneck is the perfect solution. It gives you that extra layer of warmth, plus a black one against a patterned dress like this really makes the dress pop. 
Moral of the story? Turtlenecks don’t have to be the statement piece of your outfit. Instead, they can be the perfect base layer to highlight your statement piece. Until next time, XO. 

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Turtleneck Thursday: The Top Knot

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Hello my wonderful readers! Welcome to the first Turtleneck Thursday of 2017! I love this series and can’t wait to share more turtleneck styling ideas with you. I would love to hear your thoughts, so make sure to comment or message me! Now, back to turtlenecks! The easiest thing to pair with a turtleneck is a top knot and let me tell you why. First of all, top knots are awesome and we love them here at Lefty Living Life almost as much as turtlenecks. There are easy and fun and a great way to change up your look. With a turtleneck, a top knot is especially good because it emphasizes the turtleneck. There is no way to hide that you are wearing one, that can be good! This emphasis on the turtleneck allows you to simplify your accessories if you want or go all out with a big necklace or earrings. The other great thing, especially in winter, is when you have a top know, your neck gets cold. But a turtleneck is the perfect solution for that so you don’t have to worry about a chilly breeze and you look awesome. Until next time. XO

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Turtleneck Thursday: Ruffles and Brooches

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One thing I love about days off work is that it gives me time to go through my closet and find old clothes I had forgotten about. This jacket, for example, I bought probably eight years ago and had kind of forgotten about. However, I just rediscovered it and I absolutely love it! I loved the cross over buttons and the high collar in addition to the ruffles. It is also perfect for wearing over a turtleneck. Anything with a high neck will look good with a turtleneck because the two necks can emphasize each other. Try wearing turtlenecks under jackets or sweaters with high collars to add an extra punch. Until next time! XO

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Turtleneck Thursday: Double Trouble

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Hello all! Happy Turtleneck Thursday! At its most basic function, a turtleneck is supposed to keep you warm. So what do you do when your turtleneck is a warm knit, but it is too big to wear a coat over and it is a little loose? My solution was to layer a more fitted turtleneck underneath it. This way, you stay warm, but you also add some extra color, and in this case pattern as well. Plus, with two turtlenecks, you definitely don’t have to worry about a necklace! 
Our message this week? Wearing a turtleneck does not limit your layering options to hiding said turtleneck under a regular sweater. Turtlenecks are fun and versatile so experiment! We would love to hear what you come up with! XO 

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