There are lots of reasons why you should give the art of layering a go. You’re making the most of your wardrobe (wearing your summer clothes in winter), creating a more interesting outfit and with those extra layers your body will be warm and cozy.
Starting with a list of key pieces you’ll be reaching for, here are our essential pieces when playing the layering game.
- Slim fitting long sleeve high neck top
- White shirt
- Lighter weight knit
- Chunky knit
Choose Your Base
Our golden rule here is to be confident in your choice of base in case you find yourself needing to take away your outer layers. We’ve all been caught off guard in a change of temp and sweating it out because we’ve gone with something not so cute under our knitwear.
Playing with Proportions
Work out which item you want to be the looser layer. This could be a chunky knit, a coat, or even a looser wide leg pant. What we find works best is to go for a more slim fitting option elsewhere and let your chunkier, looser option play the hero.
Keep your colour palette in mind
For us this one comes naturally, as we wear a minimal palette anyway, but with more layers added to your look you need to keep in mind that all the tones work with each other. Sticking to a 3 colour palette rule - where you’re not wearing more than 3 colours at any one time, or going for a tonal look, where you’re wearing layers of the same colour family i.e beige, works well when considering your outfit.
Set and match
Maximise Your Wardrobe
Don’t put your favourite dresses into storage just yet. You can get the most out of your wardrobe by layering fitted long sleeve tops under your summer dresses, or pairing a chunkier knit over the top.
When going tonal and layering with similar colours you can create further depth and interest by working with contrasting textures. A favourite combination is wearing chunky knits with a silk maxi dress or skirt.
Don’t forget your accessories
Add extra layers with the use of jewellery, scarves and belts, or tie a lightweight knit over your shoulders. They all work to create depth and interest to your look. But as always go with a less is more approach and keep the three colour rule in mind for a cohesive look.