The 2018 Way to Layer Your Clothes
If the thought of layering clothes gives you flashbacks to being told to dress for school with the requisite “don’t forget your coat,” we promise you that piling it on has never been better. We’ve long associated experimental layering with the Olsen twins during the mid-noughties—hiding from the paparazzi in mountains of bohemian fabrics and hefty coatigans. And a decade later, playful layering is still on the style agenda, especially when navigating weather-proof dressing in winter.
To help, we’ve compiled 10 key layering tricks that will help you get more wear out of your existing favourites this season. If there’s one major tip we can give you? You’ll find that one of the most versatile, long-wearing purchases is a black
roll-neck, but a bustier top and lightweight mac are also items to stock up on now. See below for 10 outfit formulas to make you excited about adding those extra layers.
Style Notes: Russia Fashion Week is an excellent source of layering inspiration, and blogger and stylist Tine Andrea showed that adding a black polo underneath a printed top adds an unexpected edge. And layering isn’t limited to knitwear, as she wore a black patent leather skirt over a pair of trousers for a modern and surprisingly slick look.
The staple we’re never getting rid of.
Style Notes: As we’re now out of winter, you’re probably a pro at layering jackets by now. Reach for a lightweight mac instead of that wool overcoat to throw over your smart blazer, and wear it loose around the shoulders. This way you’ll be rain-shower ready and score extra points for the Vetements coat shrug.
The bold-coloured zip gives this a spring vibe.
Style Notes: Much like the humble black polo neck, the white shirt is a must for any wardrobe. It’s your much-needed layering essential, as it goes with everything. Whether that’s under or over a dress, tucked into a pair of trousers, or just poking out of a jacket, there are so many ways to wear it.
You’ll get so much cost per wear out of this.
Style Notes: Let’s be honest—that bandeau top you’ve already bought but got pegged for your summer holiday is dying to be worn. But what to do when the weather is so changeable? Wear it as a bustier-style belt around a shirt, and you’ve nailed two trends in one.
The ultimate ’90s top is back.
Style Notes: No doubt you’ve put those chunky pieces of knitwear to the back of your wardrobe by now. However, it’s not quite warm enough to go without a coat. The solution is to double up on the fine knitwear that will fit perfectly under a lighter jacket. If you get too warm, then just take one of. Perfecto.
When you get too warm, remember to tie this around your neck à la Olivia Palermo.
Style Notes: Another can’t-wait-for-summer-to-wear-this piece is the sheer skirt. Yes, it will look incredible on the beach in Greece this July, but it will also look incredible if you pair a knit and a bomber jacket over the top. Because shivering just isn’t chic.
Keep it satin and lightweight for stylish shoulder robing when you’re a little warmer.
Style Notes: Put down the tights; they have no place in the spring. However, if you’re not all too confident with going bare-legged yet, then flared trousers under your A-line skirt and white shirt are a surprisingly elegant go-to.
Yep, flares are still okay to wear.
Throw over your maxi dress and change up for summer wear with a pair of high-waisted palazzo pants.
Style Notes: This ensemble was spotted across the whole of last season’s fashion month. Simply wear your summer dress over jeans and court shoes. If you can, leave the dress unbuttoned slightly at the front for a boho edge.
Need this dress.
Style Notes: The latest Scandi layering trick is to wear a black hoodie under a perfectly tailored jacket, making suiting cosier and more relaxed, as proven by Celine Irgens Aagaard. Thanks to Vetements, the hoodie has had a reinvention as of late and is no longer left for skaters or the gym run.
Invest in a cashmere hoodie to give it the polished effect.
Style Notes: There’s nothing more intriguing and eye-catching than layering a brightly coloured top under a darker jacket. Not only will it make your outfit feel fresh and spring-ready, but it will also stop it from being dull.
Science can prove that everyone looks attractive in red.
Style Notes: Pandora Sykes shows that a leather belt cinched at the waist can be an excellent way to hold together separates and add definition to a complex layered ensemble.
Sure, you could opt for a standard black-with-gold-buckle belt. Or you could go for this. Next up: Shop 11 of the best wrap dresses, aka the most flattering things ever.
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