As the temperature drops, we find ourselves wanting to just throw on an oversized coat, a thick pair of tights and an extra jumper and call it a day. But there’s a bit more to looking stylish and warm than that.
The colder months are the perfect time to test out your layering skills and wear some of your favourite pieces of clothing, plus invest in a few key items to create beautiful ensembles. Clever layering is all about creating outfit combinations that can be adjusted throughout the day to keep cool and comfortable in or outdoors.
Use what you have already have in your wardrobe and make it warmer. Wear knee-length skirts with tights and boots, add a belt to your oversized blazers or style a tweed jacket over your knee-length dresses.
One of our favourite layering tricks is to wear thin turtle neck tops underneath a dress or jacket, this adds a layer of warmth but can also be used to incorporate texture and colour in an unexpected way. Our turtle necks come in a variety of colours and are just the right length to tuck into skirts or trousers creating a seamless look.
Another brilliant way to bridge the gap between mild temperatures and British winter dressing, is to invest in a transitional jacket, one that can be worn on its own with trousers, skirts or dresses or under a thin, loose-fitting overcoat.
A jacket worn under a coat is a fail-safe way to create a versatile look that works whatever the weather. Removing the overcoat to reveal a tailored, cropped jacket won’t leave you feeling underdressed for work or business meetings and wearing both together won’t make you look like the Abominable Snowman.
Suits are ultimate style solution for autumn/winter dressing. Excellent tailoring provides you with a polished look that will make you feel and look great. Wear trouser or skirt suits with our aforementioned turtle necks, soft t-shirts or crisp shirts layered with a thin cashmere jumper when needed.
A stylish coat is a timeless workwear investment piece that will sit pretty over any office outfit and provides a sleek finish over knee-length skirts, dresses or tailored trousers.
Along with the actual clothes that you’re layering this autumn, think about fabrics too. You want to avoid man-made, synthetic fabrics that leave you sweating on public transport. Instead choose a textiles like tweed, which is often blended with the likes of cotton, making it light and breathable so ideal for layering.
Similarly, opting for neutral or complementary colours when building up your capsule wardrobe makes autumn layering a breeze. When cut into beautifully tailored clothes, beige, navy and grey is anything but boring and can be jazzed up with bold accessories like a brightly coloured handbag.