Rebecca from The Space Between My Peers had this Reader Question which she was having difficulty answering and asked if I could help, so here goes:
I was wondering whether you’d do a post of layering length of jackets/cardigans over tops. I was thinking about how to combine short/regular/long cover-ups over short/regular/tunic length tops. This is tricky for me especially when I plan to leave the cover-up layer unbuttoned …
Layering tops can be a bit of an art form, but here are some guidelines.
If you’re wearing a tunic top, don’t overdo the volume by wearing a longer cardi or jacket, instead go for a shorter shrug, otherwise you’ll end up looking bulky, go for something like this outfit from Spiegel
Alternatively, if your top is more fitted you can choose a longer looser cardigan to go over the top. For example this outfit from Spiegel
Whether or not it should be longer or shorter than your top is based on whether you have a short or long waist.
Long waists can take longer layers underneath slightly shorter
layers. Like this top and jacket from Spiegel.
Short waisted gals need the outer layer to be longer than the inner layer, as they don’t want to draw attention to their lack of waist. The only time that a short waisted woman can get away with a shorter jacket over a longer top is when the trousers and top colour blend, so no extra horizontal line is created near the waist, as in this outfit from Spiegel