Autumn/winter might bring the cold weather, but it also bring endless ways to style your clothes with layering. For me there’s no better way to add your personal stamp to an outfit, which is why I love autumn/winter style. When it comes to great layering I think it’s all about getting a nice mix of textures and colours – even when wearing one colour head-to-toe, you can add depth to your outfit with different textures.
It’s also about mixing up the proportions of your outfit too – a cropped jacket layered underneath a longer one, a roll-neck worn with a collarless jacket, all add interest. Not to mention how a great statement scarf, hat or pair of gloves can add that wow factor on a cold day.
There’s always a risk with layering that you can end up ‘over doing it’, so even when layering I’m still quite minimal when it come to my overall aesthetic as I’ll usually go all-black, tonal or stick to three (four max) complementing colours and never more than one print.
In terms of the number of layers, I usually work with three (four max), because again there’s a risk of looking bulky. I either go thinner base layers (roll neck and sweatshirt/shirt and fine knit) + heavier coat or heavier base (chunky knitwear) + jacket and light-weight coat.
There are a few key pieces that I always use when layering:
Denim waistcoat: perfect for giving the illusion you’re wearing a denim jacket underneath, but without the bulk on the arms. Denim also looks great with most colours and is perfect for adding a bit of edge to your look.
Leather waistcoat: again, the look of a leather jacket underneath without the bulk on arms.
Sleeveless coat: means you can create lots of looks by layering different jackets or knitwear underneath.
Collarless jacket: I love seeing the collar detail of another jacket sitting over the top (my denim/leather waistcoats are prefect for this). Also great for sitting a faux-fur collar over the top or chunky scarf, without adding extra bulk around the face.
Roll-neck: perfect for layering underneath shirts, sweatshirts, jumpers, jumpsuits and dresses (pretty much anything really!), which not only gives your outfit a real autumn/winter feel but maximises your wardrobe in terms of being able to wear some of your spring/summer pieces during the colder months.
I could have styled up endless (and I mean endless) layered looks, so instead I’ve created six looks with the key items I’ve mentioned above. I also wanted to show you that even when you’ve got the same base outfit on these key pieces can create different looks, so I’ve created two looks for each base outfit.
BASE LAYERS: GREY MOHAIR JUMPER & JEANS
+ ROLL-NECK & OVERCOAT
+ LEATHER WAISCOAT & LIGHTWEIGHT DUSTER COAT
BASE LAYERS: ADIDAS SWEATSHIRT & LEATHER TROUSERS
+ DENIM WAISTCOAT & COLLARLESS LEOPARD PRINT COAT
+ ROLL-NECK & COLLARLESS LEOPARD PRINT COAT
BASE LAYERS: LAMBSWOOL JUMPER & LEATHER TROUSERS
+ CHECKED BLAZER & SLEEVELESS COAT
+ DENIM WAIST COAT & SLEEVELESS COAT