How To Layer Like A Pro
How To Layer Like A Pro

How To Layer Like A Pro


Layering was born of necessity – a way to handle on the hoof whatever a changeable British day might throw at you. Today, it’s an art form – because why wouldn’t you want to look good at the same time? To set you on the way to an easy autumn of elevated functionality, here are six simple tips plus the pieces you need to do layering right…

Master The Drape

A light knit can go a long way in this transitional season. Throw one over the shoulders of a blazer or coat to create a more interesting silhouette, while effortlessly adding a laid-back edge to a smarter look. 

Play With Prints

Going tonal is the simplest way to layer well, but you run the risk of the overall look feeling a little flat. Try adding a point of difference along the way – a plain tee could be swapped out for a striped one that breaks up the block colours layered over the top. If opting for a print, whether it's a striped tee or checked coat, stick to just one to avoid overcomplicating things.

Mix Slim & Bulky Pieces 

A chunky knit with a lightweight coat like a mac always feels more polished than, say, a chunky knit with a heavy shearling coat. Matching them to bulky pieces is also a way to make lightweight pieces work harder for you in the depths of winter.

Tinker With Textures

@ItsJustDenis has got a denim shirt over a cotton base layer and he completes the look with a check overcoat. The mix of prints, textures and fabrics is simple but effective, proving how easily layering can make an outfit pop.

Focus On Fabrics

While leather is a key winter hero, it’s tricky to layer or pair with other fabrics. Instead, try denim or corduroy with classics like wool and cashmere. Stylists often recommend starting with a lighter fabric on the inner layers – such as cotton – and building up as you layer outwards with fabrics like cashmere and wool. 

Finish With A Flourish

@Soam_Lifestyle shows how an accessory such as a neckerchief can deliver the final touch to a layering look. Accessories are often the easiest way to add an alternative print, texture or level and give a simple outfit a more considered feel.

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