If the thought of layering clothes gives you flashbacks to being told to dress for school with the requisite reminder, "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 weatherproof dressing in winter.
To help, we've compiled key layering tricks that will help you get more wear out of your existing favourites over the next few months and help you decide what you need to invest in. 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, along with a classic leather belt and over-the-knee boots. Below you'll see classic layering techniques that minimalists always lean on, and then more out-there combinations—such as clashing prints and doubling up on coats—for those who like to experiment more with their looks.
See below for outfit formulas to make you excited about adding those extra layers.
1. Try the Preppy Shoulder Knot
Style Notes: Looping a colourful jumper around your shoulders is an old preppy styling trick you'll spot at any golf club, but it's also Alexa Chung's favourite way to layer up knitwear.
& Other Stories Oversized Wool Knit Jumper (£95)
2. Use Leather to Add Extra Warmth
Style Notes: Use leather separates to add extra warmth, weather that's a shirt, trousers or blazer.
Nanushka Vinni Black Faux-Leather Trousers (£315)
Vince Classic Wool-Blend Coat (£685)
3. Pile on the Accessories Too
Style Notes: Don'tonly layer up your outwear but also pile on the chain necklaces too. It makes the outfit look more considered rather than like you're pulling a Joey Tribbiani and wearing all your clothes at once.
Missoma Gold Chain Necklace (£185)
Missoma x Lucy Williams Gold T-Bar Chunky Necklace (£325)
4. Layer Up Knitwear
Style Notes: One of our favourite layering tricks is to pile on as much knitwear as you can physically fit on your body. We love how Brittany Bathgate wears a knitted skirt, jumper and another jumper knotted around her shoulders.
Cos Merino Mix Sleeve Detail Top ($69)
& Other Stories Oversized Alpaca Blend Turtleneck Knit Sweater (£85)
Cos Knitted Skirt (£89)
5. Tuck Skinny Jeans Into Knee-High Boots
Style Notes: One way to add an extra layer of warmth is to tuck your trousers or jeans into your leather knee-high boots.
Topshop Mid Blue Abraided Hem Jamie Jeans (£40)
Arket Knee-High Slouch Leather Boots (£235)
6. A Black Roll-Neck Will Work Under Almost Anything
Style Notes: A fine black roll-neck is a layering staple that you can wear under everything from dresses to shirts to cardigans.
Arket Merino Roll-Neck Jumper (£59)
7. Wear a Knitted Vest
Style Notes: One way to add layers to your look without feeling bulky is to wear a knitted vest over your shirts and T-shirts.
Miu Miu Crystal-Embellished Wool Tank (£760)
COS Speckled Vest (£29)
8. Wear a Jacket Under Your Coat
Style Notes: Ada Oguntodu shows how you can double up on coats and outerwear: by layering a blazer under a trench coat.
Rains White Transparent Rubberised Raincoat (£110)
Brøgger Aster Checked Wool-Blend Blazer (£635)
9. Layer A Cardigan Under A Blazer
Style Notes: Layering a wool cardigan between your favourite top and blazer is a foolproof way to keep cosy.
Frankie Shop Pernille Oversized Striped Woven Blazer (£227)
Arket Alpaca & Merino Cardigan (£79)
10. A Blanket Scarf Will Be Your Best Friend
Style Notes: While you can't acceptably leave the house wearing a giant duvet around your shoulders, an oversized wrap scarf is the next best option.
Gucci Reversible Gg Wool Poncho (£865)
11. Two Jumpers Are Better Than One
Style Notes: When all else fails, try layering a thin jumper underneath a bulker one. When it comes to winter warmth, two jumpers are definitely better than one.
Vince Cashmere Sweater (£380)
Arket Wool Jumper (£59)
12. Invest In A Puffer
Style Notes: When it comes to warmth, a puffer coat is an essential. Whether you opt for a playful printed style, or keep it neutral.
Arket Down Puffer Jacket (£175)
Arket Long Down Puffer Coat (£225)
13. Elevate Your Favourite Hoodie With A Structured Coat
Style Notes: While your favourite hoodie might be reserved for trips to the gym or days spent on the couch, pairing it with a structured coat and jeans will elevate the look and keep you warm.
Officine Générale Amber Wool-Blend Coat (£875)
& Other Stories Ribbed Wool Blend Hooded Sweatshirt (£69)
Next up, see our guide to the key trends for winter 2020.
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