Layering can look amazingly stylish, especially if you stick to your favourite colour palette which then allows you to mix and match the various items with ease. Transitional layering is super practical too – being able to peel something off or add another layer, means you’ll always feel just right temperature-wise. Which, let’s face it, is pretty essential with the erratic weather we’re encountering lately. 21 degrees one minute, storm Freya the next.
Your base layer is your best friend so an essential item has to be a roll neck jumper. Classically versatile, it looks great under a trench coat, blazer or dress. This best seller silky roll neck from Kettlewell is the perfect weight and comes in TWENTY NINE colours. £39.
If you opt for neutrals, remember to vary the textures
The second classic base layer, as I am sure you already know, is a crisp white shirt such as this timeless fitted number from Polo Ralph Lauren £85
An updated cardigan is always handy. I say updated because some designs can be less than flattering! Loving this merino wool Perfect Box Cardigan from Me+Em in Citrus. £119.
Try layering a chunky sweater with a floaty maxi skirt
Try wearing a crew neck tee under your jersey. My personal fave is a crisp white tee that peeks out from under a v neck jumper. For t-shirts I can recommend Uniqlo. Their short sleeve version comes in four colours – including crisp white – and costs £9.99. Unusually for Uniqlo you don’t need to go up a size – I’m 38″ bust and a medium fits me perfectly. Alternatively, if you fancy a bit of luxury, try Me+Em’s embroidered crown tee £45.
So, jerseys. Now’s the time to look at fine cashmere or cotton. M&S has upped their game with cashmere and this round neck jumper is available in lots of different colours for £75 – £79. Their V neck and polo neck versions are also worth checking out.
Denim is massive at the moment – and it’s easy to see why. Practical and seems to suit everyone, it looks pretty cool over a maxi dress or a longer top. Have a peek at Boden’s semi fitted 100% cotton denim jacket £85.
If denim is not your thing, this ponte blazer from M&S could well be. A snip at £59 it features stretch fabric and a whole pile of style.
A jacket doesn’t have to be the final layer – finish your look by putting an oversized trench on as well
What could be better on a grey day than popping this on? A perennially classic trench will never go out of fashion. & Other Stories do an enviable trench in light khaki for £159.
Generously sized scarves or pashminas are brilliant for creating the illusion of layers
Nothing beats a poncho in my book. You sling it on and instantly look stylish. Everyone has to have at least one! Check out the Next website, they have a good selection…
Gloves – I treasure the pairs I purchased from M&S a couple of years ago. They still sell them. Beautifully stitched and designed to flatter the shape of our hands by being a close fit to the fingers, you can choose from several colours and they’ll only set you back £12.25 as they are on special offer at the time of writing.
I’m determined to end on a positive note, so when the sun does come out it’s handy to have a pair of sunnies in your bag when you leave the house. There are zillions of styles around such as these from & Other Stories £23
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