If the thought of layering clothes gives you flashbacks to being told to dress for school with the requisite "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 eight key layering tricks that will help you get more wear out of your existing favourites over the next six 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, but a lightweight mac is also an item to stock up on now. See below for 8 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, which you'll spot at any golf club, but it's also Alexa Chung's favourite way to layer up knitwear.
2. A Black Roll-Neck Will Work Under Almost Anything.
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Style Notes: Tine Andrea showed that adding a black roll-neck underneath a printed top adds an unexpected edge. And layering isn't limited to knitwear, as she wore a black patent leather skirt over a pair of trousers for a modern and surprisingly slick look.
The staple we're never getting rid of.
3. Pile On the Accessories Too.
Style Notes: We love how Anna Vitiello doesn't only layer up her outwear but piles on the chain necklaces too. It makes the outfit look more considered, rather than like you're doing a Joey Tribbiani and wearing all your clothes at once.
Perfect for spring's '80s revival.
4. Don't Be Scared of Mixing Textures.
Style Notes: Lizzie Hadfield shows that it pays to mix up textures, as she layered a black faux-fur coat over a grey tailored jacket. The lengths don't match, and the textures are totally different, but somehow it works.
5. When Layering Coats, Opt for a Lightweight Mac as the Top One.
Style Notes: During in-between seasons, reach for a lightweight mac instead of that wool overcoat to throw over your smart blazer and wear it loose around the shoulders. This way you'll be rain-ready and score extra points for the Vetements coat shrug.
This coat looks seriously expensive.
6. Use a Belt to Hold Separates Together.
Style Notes: Anna Vitiello shows that a belt cinched at the waist can be an excellent way to hold together separates and add definition to a complexly layered ensemble.
A simple wear-with-anything option.
7. Dress Over Jeans
Style Notes: Midi dresses look super cool layered over jeans — and we particularly like how this looks with a checked print.
8. Stick to One Colour
Style Notes: Stick to one colour scheme head to toe, as this will make all your many layers look more streamlined.
Next up, see our guide to the biggest trends for A/W 18.