When I look back at how I developed my sense of style, it all comes back to layering. I spent high school in a basic “uniform” consisting of jeans and various graphic t-shirts, and though I had ideas on how to expand my dull wardrobe, I didn’t yet possess the confidence to put those concepts into practice.
As my infatuation with fashion grew and my wallet somehow shrank, I became expert at assembling outfits based on layers, transforming three tops into a single one, then rearranging the same three the following day. It’s one of the ways I express myself creatively; I know my boundaries (the contents of my closet), and I work within them.
Layering works with food too. Take tonight’s dinner:
A bed of red chard, topped by steamed sweet potato (only because I didn’t want to turn on my oven), smushed avocado, and capped with a poached egg. The layer to complete the dish: a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and hot sauce. There was also some asparagus on the side because, well, why not?
Are you a fan of layering? Or do you keep your style less complex?