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