The Piece’s You Need To Elevate Your Layering This Season
I love fashion, always have, but I feel as though I’ve been missing a trick all these years. Summer style can be nailed without even thinking about it but when it comes to the Winter and the cold weather it brings, it can be a little more difficult knowing what looks stylish if you will; especially bundled up ready to brave the cold temperatures. In the past 5 months I have managed to really find my signature Winter style whilst still keeping nice and toasty by experimenting with elegant layers.
Gone are the days where a simple double-jumper pile up will suffice; these day’s we are in need of heavy duty back ups. Fashionista’s everywhere face this dilemma every Winter and every year we experiment and get more creative with our layering techniques. By taking Winter layering to the next level, rest assured not only am I prepared for temperatures dipping and rising when they can’t make up their mind, but I can get dressed every day knowing the key layering pieces I’ve chosen are warm and fashionable.
When I talk about layering, I don’t mean piling on practically every jumper you own so you end up looking like the michelin man, that is not a good look for anybody but instead four or five layers which are masterfully arranged to slightly reveal a hint of each one. It’s time to outsmart the shift in seasons and layer up or down in my 8 hero pieces.
1. A Chunky Knit Scarf In Your Favourite Colour
It can sometimes feel like Winter is never going to end, so it’s a good idea to get a few chunky knit scarves in different colours or patterns so you can instantly change up the same look without really changing it. A scarf can be added over the top of any outfit and can instantly be taken away if the sun decides to make an appearance. It can even double up as a blanket or a shawl so its safe to say £16 was well spent.
2. Turtleneck Jumpers
Turtleneck jumpers are a Winter wardrobe staple. There’s not a week that goes by when I don’t wear one because of just how versatile they are. Pair them with jeans for a casual look or with a midi skirt to make the look weather appropriate or even adapt your summer wardrobe by wearing one underneath your favourite floral dress. They are totally ageless, anyone can wear one, not to mention they are in style every season so you know you will get so much wear out of them.
For me, leggings are the epitome of comfort but they’re not just for lazy days. This season it’s been all about experimenting with different textures and these faux suede leggings have been my all time favourite piece. At only £19.99, these suede leggings from Zara come in 3 or 4 different colours.This beige/camel colour are the most versatile of them all since they go with any colour top and they have a brushed up lining for extra warmth.
4. A Cashmere or Wooly Jumper
A wooly jumper isn’t the most technical of terms but we all know what I mean by this. The sort of jumper that makes you feel as though you can finally relax as soon as you throw it on. The type that is so soft you can’t stop touching it. My favourite this Winter has been this wooly pearl embellished jumper from Zara. The fact it is oversized means I can wear it over the top of any other jumper and whilst it looks casual due to its oversized nature, it’s on trend and stylish. It also allows for my number one layering essential underneath – a thermal.
5. A Thermal
I am always astounded by the amount of people that don’t wear thermals in the Winter – they are my number one cold weather layering essential as it is the base of any outfit. Even if it’s snowing or minus 5 degrees outside, a thermal and a number of pieces worn over the top will always get you through and sometimes even without a coat. I often buy a few from Marks & Spencers as they come in different patterns and colours but recently I’ve been testing out the ones from Primark and I have to admit they are just as good.
6. An Investment Coat
Whether you want to invest in a coat or not, from October to March, your outerwear is the first thing that everyone sees the majority of the time, so why not make it your best one. I chose to invest in a neutral camel coloured coat from Ted Baker at the beginning of Winter last year since my wardrobe is full of neutrals, whites, greys, pinks so I knew I was going to get so much wear out of this shade. It is a classic and timeless style which means I’ll be able to wear it year after year.
7. Knee High Boots
Warm and Chic, two necessary qualities needed for any cold weather footwear. A pair of knee high boots possess it all. Opt for a flat pair to take a stroll around the park or up your heel game with a block heel to take you from day to night just like that. A knee hight boot or even an over the knee boot are the perfect winter companion, not most because you can get away with wearing as many long socks as possible to keep them toes toasty.
8. A Gilet
As we head into spring and the temperatures become somewhat milder, a gilet is one of my go to pieces. Once known as a body warmer, they have been completely restyled as the fashionable gilet. Gilets are so easy to wear, pop them over the top of anything and you’re good to do but it’s a good idea to keep it streamlined since you can add an overcoat to be even more snug. Why not cinch them in at the waist with a belt to bring all your layers together.
These layer-friendly fashion essentials are the building blocks of a solid, stylish wardrobe—8 gotta-have-’em pieces that will get you through mid seasons. Do you have any other layering pieces essential to your winter wardrobe? Let me know in the comments below.
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Coat by Ted Baker
OTK Boots by Karen Millen
Jumper by Zara
Leggings by Zara
Bag by Artisan Anything