Weightless or even sheer, unpredictable or classy, super-feminine or rather sporty, layering for summer 2014 continues to encourage you in building upon lightness for looks that are meant to be equal parts effortless, and unique. Pulling it off means keeping a perfect balance in everything that involves the styling: choice of fabric, colour palette, use of accessories.

From delicate camisole dresses, to transparent tops, and from bustiers, to bandeaus and standout swimwear pieces, everything can be reworked into cool, original outfits with the help of some simple layering techniques.

After the break, 10 summer layering ideas that promise to inspire you for the season.

summer layering inspiration

Top a delicate camisole dress in a soft pastel shade with an equally graceful sheer garment, using different lengths to make even more of a bohemian statement.

Pictured: Ashley Osborne for Cosmopolitan Australia July 2014

Summer layering ideas

Beachwear doesn’t have to get boring, not when you can top a minimalist one-piece swimsuit with a feather-weight knit in a matching colour.

Pictured: Samantha Gradoville for L’Express Style May 2014

 

Summer layering ideas

A dressy dress casually thrown over a basic t-shirt can lead to a myriad of showstopping outfits. Keep the palette of colours uncomplicated, and make the best use of cutaways and cleavages.

Pictured: Svea Berlie for Vogue Turkey March 2014

 

Summer Layering Ideas

If you aim for something unexpected and cool, try layering a short dress over a fitted pencil skirt. Don’t be afraid to mix and match fabrics, prints and embellishments.

Pictured: Natasha Poly for Vogue China May 2014

 

Summer Layering ideas

A printed bikini top, or a delicate bra that you deliberately want to show off, will look super-sexy underneath a bright crop top. Wear the combination with a full skirt for added femininity.

Pictured: Candice Swanepoel for Lucky Magazine June 2014

 

Summer layering ideas

Sneakers, leather trousers, a simple t-shirt with its sleeves rolled up and a bustier to top it all off. Despite its basic appeal, this combination has nothing plain about it.

Pictured: Camille Rowe for Madame Figaro France June 2014

 

Summer layering ideas

A statement bustier, the more intricate and embellished the better, looks best when layered on top of a basic top, paired with a full, lightweight skirt and statement mules.

Pictured: Tess Hellfeuer for Dansk Magazine Spring/Summer 2014

 

Summer layering ideas

Taking it to summer accessories, the light layering can be achieved using as little as a bandana or a scarf, and a wide-brimmed hat.

Pictured: Missy Rayder for Harper’s Bazaar Russia July 2014

 

Summer layering ideas

There’s definitely more than one way to sport a sexy swimsuit on and off the beach. For a super chic rendition, wear the swimsuit underneath a white button-down, classic or see-through.

Pictured: Olga Voronova for C Magazine Summer Issue

 

Summer layering ideas

Brimming with athletic influences, a sheer jumpsuit worn on top of a bandeau + a pair of shorts in matching shades, will surely help you stand out in a crowd.

Pictured: Jessica Stam for The Edit by Net-a-Porter

 

Summer layering ideas

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