A lesson on layering..


Layering is a bit of an art, but mixing up your seasonal wardrobe will give you clothes more mileage.

Spring 2019 I’ve layered my favourite Boiler suit with fresh whites and blues. Adding a Poncho and printed silk scarf gives it a soft, flowing fresh style.

Spring 2019 I’ve layered my favourite Boiler suit with fresh whites and blues. Adding a Poncho and printed silk scarf gives it a soft, flowing fresh style.

Spring sunshine is here! but so are the chilly winds.

It’s this time of year that we want to inject some newness into our day to day style (but also stay warm!).

There are certain items in my wardrobe that don’t get packed away seasonally. They are all season wearers. Consider this first before you start layering.


The base layer

Fitted, comfortable, soft, warm and in a fabric you love next to your skin. My ultimate favourite base layer has to be the silky roll neck by Kettlewell Colours or if you aren’t a fan of roll necks or polo necks go for a fitted crew or scoop neck. Make sure they are slimline so they don’t add bulk when adding the second layer.


The statement layer

The next layer is your statement maker of your outfit. It could be a dress, a skirt, a jumpsuit. These are the pieces that people will focus on and when you plan your outfit this should be the garment you first choose to wear. Make sure that the layers below and on top compliment this statement piece. So if I am layering a floral dress I will pick out key colours in that dress that compliment the print. Think about the texture and print so you are creating an overall stylish look.

You can pick ‘out of season’ garments and layer up a look to wear what you deemed a summer item to wear on an autumn day.

Consider colours

It’s important when layering that the colours co-ordinate. If you are layering a printed dress pick out one of the neutral colours for your base layer and outerwear so that the colours in the dress is the main attraction. If you are layering a neutral garment (say a navy boiler suit as below) consider the same colour for the inner and outer layer so there is cohesion in your look. The same goes for accessories - keep them matching to tie the whole look together.

Consider proportions

It important to keep your base layer slimline so that your outer layer sits on top. Consider your body shape when layering so you wear clothes that flatter you're shape. For example, tunic style dresses look great over skinny jeans on apple shaped women, but would hide a slim waist if a pear shape wore it. As a rule of thumb its best not to do baggy top, baggy bottom (unless you have a body like Kate Moss and can wear anything!)

Wear a minimum of 3 garments

When layering it is often the 3rd garment that makes the outfit interesting. Wearing two garments is uninteresting. 5 is fabulous but start with 3.

Layering comes so naturally to me, I don’t think about it. I’ve had a good trawl on my instagram outfits and here are my commonly used layering tricks to give you inspiration.

Knitwear over dresses

Layering knitwear over a dress will give a dress a new lease of life. Often for the second season of wearing, I’ll find a jumper to sit over a dress. This makes the dress act like a skirt and teamed with boots or trainers can give a more casual style to the dress that may have been worn only for best.

My favourite Onjenu dressed revamped this season with a Whistles jumper over the top.

My favourite Onjenu dressed revamped this season with a Whistles jumper over the top.

A summer midi leopard print is worn with tights, trainers and cobalt blue polo neck,

A summer midi leopard print is worn with tights, trainers and cobalt blue polo neck,

Spotty dress over pleather leggings and trainers.

Spotty dress over pleather leggings and trainers.

A printed summer midi looks great over jeans - buttons undone not the legs to reveal jeans.

A printed summer midi looks great over jeans - buttons undone not the legs to reveal jeans.

A floral midi over khaki mixed with biker boots

A floral midi over khaki mixed with biker boots

Dresses over trousers

One of my favourite combinations to layer a dress over a pair of trousers. It not only keeps you super warm but gives a relaxed interesting style that is so comfortable to wear.

A summer denim shirt dress with khaki chinos.

A summer denim shirt dress with khaki chinos.

An orange slip dress on top of jeans mixed with leopard and camouflage.

An orange slip dress on top of jeans mixed with leopard and camouflage.

The Boiler suit

The boiler suit is an all seasons garment and incredibly versatile. I purchased this one in Spring 2018 and first wore it with white heels or summer mules. Over the year, I’ve layered a silky roll neck underneath and created a variety of looks from punchy red with a blazer, to cosy with a long line cardigan or a poncho. I’ve even mixed up prints and textures with a floral blazer and snake skin accessories.

Summer 2018 worn fresh with white heels and earrings.

Summer 2018 worn fresh with white heels and earrings.

Autumn styling with tapestry blazer and snake skin

Autumn styling with tapestry blazer and snake skin

Winter 2018 layered with deep red polo neck and long line cardigan, wooly socks and tasselled boots

Winter 2018 layered with deep red polo neck and long line cardigan, wooly socks and tasselled boots

January 2019 given a sharp edge with bright red blazer and boots for work meetings,

January 2019 given a sharp edge with bright red blazer and boots for work meetings,

The classic blue shirt

I love my blue classic shirts, but would never wear on their own. To create a more stylish look, layer over a polo neck so the shirt acts like loose jacket (and more interesting than a cardigan) or layer under a jumper or a poncho. I find I often layer blue shirting with a different texture like faux leather trousers or tweed.

Worn open with bright red roll neck, red boots and culottes.

Worn open with bright red roll neck, red boots and culottes.

An overall black outfit looks more interesting with a blue shirt (rather than white)

An overall black outfit looks more interesting with a blue shirt (rather than white)

A blue shirt looks great layered under a poncho.

A blue shirt looks great layered under a poncho.

Country style mixed with some modern leather. Here I’ve layered a burgundy roll neck under the shirt and teamed it with a tweed blazer.

Country style mixed with some modern leather. Here I’ve layered a burgundy roll neck under the shirt and teamed it with a tweed blazer.

Sporty Layering

I’m a real fan of the sport luxe look and particularly love mixing sporty items with classic pieces. Sports hoodies look great under blazers, denim jackets, trench coats. Tracksuit style trousers layered teamed with blazer for a sporty smart style perfect for the office.

Levi’s hoodie with Levi’s black shirt dress worn open as a jacket.

Levi’s hoodie with Levi’s black shirt dress worn open as a jacket.

I’ve teamed my Boudavida Sports jacket under my trench for a sporty minimal city look. Wearing my striped trousers from &otherStories.

I’ve teamed my Boudavida Sports jacket under my trench for a sporty minimal city look. Wearing my striped trousers from &otherStories.

A tomato red jumper layers comfortably ontp of my &OtherStories trousers and breton.

A tomato red jumper layers comfortably ontp of my &OtherStories trousers and breton.

For the outfit I’m wearing velvet tracksuit bottoms, keeping the colours monochrome but playing with texture and adding a velvet fitted waistcoat.

For the outfit I’m wearing velvet tracksuit bottoms, keeping the colours monochrome but playing with texture and adding a velvet fitted waistcoat.

Denim dresses as jackets

This vintage denim dress acts as a dress in the winter (with a polo neck, tights and checked coat which sits perfectly over the top as the same length.

This vintage denim dress acts as a dress in the winter (with a polo neck, tights and checked coat which sits perfectly over the top as the same length.

Worn in the spring time open as a denim on denim look.

Worn in the spring time open as a denim on denim look.

Again here but worn with lace top and shoe boots.

Again here but worn with lace top and shoe boots.

I hope that gives you more inspiration to how layering can really improve your daily and give your outfits more creativity.

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