The trick to artful layering is to create visual interest without adding bulk, and designer Vera Wang (that’s her, far left, with me), has been mixing textures and playing with proportions for 20 years, since the start of her design career. "Mix it up," Wang instructs. "Each element looks better, richer, more interesting when it’s put with something else, so clothes don’t look so serious."
Simply Vera, all available at kohls.com
. On Vera (top to bottom): metal and beaded necklace, $36; cotton and rayon blouse,
$58; faux leather jacket, $78; cotton leggings, $20; faux leather booties, $80. On Susan (top to bottom): metal necklace, $48; cotton and rayon cardigan, $48; polyester chiffon dress, $78; cotton leggings, $20; faux leather heels, $70.