Layering 101- Practical tips on how to ace dressing with layers.

Layering 101- Practical tips on how to ace dressing with layers.


Style and comfort do not need to be mutually exclusive. Layering is one of the simplest ways of achieving a look that scores highly in both the style stakes and in comfort/practicality. There are two key elements to a successfully layered look, firstly you must understand how to ascertain whether certain individual items will work well together. Secondly, you need a number of hard-working, multi-tasking basics to act as the base of your wardrobe.

Layering- The Basics

Basics for me comprise of 4 key items- A great fitting pair of jeans, a plain grey or white t-shirt (if you didn’t know already I’m a massive T-shirt fan, check out my post Wardrobe Essentials: The T-Shirt for more ways to style this basic), a pair of slacks and a skinny trouser (in the look pictured below I opted for a leather look pair from Noisy May).

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Its Ok to hang your head once in a while…but only to admire a really good pair of shoes!

A slight sidenote- these leather look skinnies score major mum points, they wipe clean! Winning!

Layering- The Details & Accents

The accents are the items that add interest and break up a look. Whether it be a statement shoe, a great belt or even a statement brooch. I love a detailed ankle boot and so when I found the leopard ankle boots pictured in Topshop (Similar linked here) I had to take them home with me. Unfortunately, I have practically bought shares in blister plasters trying to break them in!

The details are the the foundations of the layered look. This is the time to play with different fabrics and textures- this keeps the look fresh and allows you to showcase your own personal style. Tulle, satin and velvet are great fabrics to play with as they are light. This means they don’t add too much bulk (nobody likes bulky layers- think of Joey in all of Chandlers clothes in that episode of Friends “Could I be wearing anymore clothes?”). These fabrics are also great at trapping air and keeping you nice and warm in colder months.

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…probably thinking about my next trip to Sephora

Layering- Tips and Tricks

  • Layer the longest items first working up to the shortest.
  • Cheat when you can- shirts and jumpers combined or embellished bibs are great ways to create the illusion of multiple layers.
  • Remember to mix textures to create an edge.
  • Layers are great for all seasons- Autumn or Fall is the ultimate season to showcase layers as the weather is unpredictable and layers give your outfit the flexibility to adapt. In winter you can go all out, faux-fur coats, tights,  chunky knit socks, boots, a blanket scarf. Spring, work your layers in through draping sweaters over the shoulders (see pictures above) and then you can pop the sweater on later in the evening when the temperature drops. Even in summer you can layer necklaces over camisoles and kimonos.
  • Show off your shape with a waist belt to cinch all the layers together, or opt for a cropped sleeved look to show petite wrists and maintain an element of femininity.
  • Dresses over T-Shirts and jeans/leggings is having a revival- 90s grunge and 70s era clothing will be a strong influence in upcoming fashion weeks.

Do you find layering tricky? Let me know what you struggle with and I will happily help you out. Or do you find layering a breeze? Let me know in the comments below.

Shop the Blog:

Black Shades Rockstud by Valentino (similar linked), Backpack Zara (similar linked), Sweater with white shirt Zara (similar linked), Noisy May leather look leggings (linked above), Leopard boots (linked above), Eyelet block heels Topshop (similar linked), Tulle dress Zara (similar linked), Grey Slacks Zara (similar linked)
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