Don't panic if you feel like winter dressing can be a minefield - simply learn to layer up and you can look stylish through the season...
There’s one big trend we can’t seem to get away from every autumn/winter
season: layering. A favourite of fashion-forward women, layering is the
perfect way to make the most of every piece, instead of just covering
up in a coat.
But the trend does take style, some
forward-planning and of course – the right pieces. Which is where we
step in. Our fashion team are all about the layering trend – and they
know the exact buys you need to look gorgeous and feel cosy this
The first rule of fashion layering it to start
with the basics. Plain polo neck jumpers are a perfect investment for
this trend – they can be worn with almost anything and look great with
different styles. It’s also important to pick a colour palette and stick
to it. From neutrals like grey, black and nude to this season’s
seventies-inspired colours – brown, burgundy and yellow – sticking to
these will allow the trend to look ‘put-together; as opposed to thrown
Secondly: know your shape. This trend is great if you know
you’re going to be eating a big meal, as you can keep covered up! But
piling on the layers without paying attention to what suits won’t be
doing you any favours. Those with a small waist can belt up over a
jacket of jumper to make the most of that tiny middle, while great legs
can be shown off in skinny jeans and long boots. Fuller busts might want
to stay away from polo necks – instead opting for V-necks and adding a
Ready to start shopping? Click through for our
fashion team’s edit of the best fashion buys for layering, and embrace
the trend that you’re guaranteed to look gorgeous in…
If you really want to nail the luxury look, then turn to a sleek and pale shade of grey. This colour creates the ultimate luxurious look whilst being easy to wear. Style this checked jumper up with a simplistic slim-line skirt, and complete your super luxurious outfit with a black heeled boot.
It's not always about neutrals - choose one stand-out piece and style your outfit around it. We'll be wearing this gorgeous leopard print skirt with black tights, boots, a black turtle neck and a faux fur jacket. Easy!
For warmth and comfort, look no further than a stylish pair of flat knee high boots. Dune have an inspiring range, with these at the top of the class. A timeless wardobe classic, a good leather riding boot is worth its weight in gold!
Winter is approachng - yep, you're going to need socks! But why should they be boring and hidden away under your boots? Embrace the trend for showing your socks and have them peeping out over the top of your shoes - or even paired with heels, if you're feeling brave. These wool rich designs from HJ Hall are stylish and oh-so cosy - perfect!
Two-in-one styles, like this pinny from Wallis, help you nail the layered look without having to buy extra items.
Stripe dresses are a huge trend this season, and when they come in a
comfy knitted material, who are we to resist?! The perfect base for
layering, we'll be wearing this vibrant number from M&S with a cosy cardigan and our new favourite longline coat. A stunning look, achieved in an instant!
Just because the trend is about layering your clothes, doesn't mean your feet shouldn't look gorgeous too! These tassled boots from Debenhams
will look great worn with a midi skirt or skinny jeans and
stand-out polo neck. The tassle trend was big in summer, and won't be
going anywhere this season - just stick to muted colours to keep the
A great polo neck
is essential to getting the layering look just right. A touch of glitter is perfect for the festive season, but don't let that stop you wearing it into spring. Wear with
everything from skirts and trousers to layered underneath dresses.
Believe it or not, a cross-body bag is
a great addition to your layering look (and so handy, too!) Stash away your essentials in a luxurious brown leather bag, like this beauty from Aldo.