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The Art of Layering

Posted on 10/10/2013

Women often tell me how difficult it is to know what to wear at this time of year when the weather is so changeable. Layering is definitely the answer as it allows you to hedge your bets weather-wise... not to mention helping you cope with any sudden rise in temperature caused by hormones! 

 

When it comes to style, I am generally of the "less is more" school of thought, but I do think that, when done skilfully, layering can add personality and flair to an outfit.  It's easy to just take a top off the rail and wear it,  but if you wear a layer underneath, then put a cardigan over and a belt round it before finishing with a necklace or scarf - suddenly you've added a personal touch and created an outfit which will take you through several changes of temperature. 

 

- For effective layering, I would recommend the following pieces (which you may well find you already have in your wardrobe anyway):


- Different types of base layering tops (e.g. long, 3/4 or elbow length sleeved tops; vest tops; camis; blouses and shirts)
- A variety of colours, of which the majority should be in the colourful accent shades in your pallet rather than just  neutral ones
- Various styles of necklines  such as. scoop-, square-, crew- roll-neck; collared. Just make sure you pick the ones that work best for your length of neck, shoulder line and size of bust.
- Different fabrics and textures (e.g. cotton, wool, silk, satin, velvet, denim, corduroy, leather etc.)
- Layers to wear over base tops -  jumpers, waistcoats, shrugs and  (my personal favourites), cardigans.  Make sure they work for your shape and proportions though  it's a little cropped cardigan for me, but may be a longer line boyfriend cardigan or cascade wrap for you).
- Options for leg wear (e.g. leggings, jeggings, skinny jeans, thick tights ).
- A few stylish outerwear items for when you head out (e.g. blazers, gilets, hoodies, leather jackets)
- Plenty of colourful accessories such as scarves, jewellery, belts to complete your look.

If you find you lacking colourful tops for layering, I would  recommend Kettlewell Colours, Boden and Benetton. You can also find inexpensive tee shirts and camis at H&M, M&S and Uniqlo.

Just a few pointers on how to achieve stylish layering (and avoid looking like the Michelin tyre man!):

 


- Bear in mind that layers can add bulk so, unless you are tall and thin, you'll probably want to stick to fine, close fitting layers rather than add a lot of texture. If you are tall and thin, feel free to go wild with the faux fur, tweed and velvet!
- Layers which finish at different points on your body are great for visually shortening a long torso. If you've got a short body though, you'll be better having your layers finish at thigh level. 3/4 length leggings under a skirt or tunic is a particularly good look for a woman with very long legs (I wish!). 
- When it comes to combining patterns, unless you are feeling particularly brave, I would stick to a maximum of two and ensure they are unified by either colour or shape .
- Why not come along to my upcoming Boden Open House event  (1st - 3rd November) to see their new Christmas range and get some advice on how to make layering work for you? I will also have samples of the gorgeous Kettlewell Colours range of separates  ideal for layering. For more details, please give me a call on 07703 405106. 

Back Author : Nicola Davis

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