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.
2. 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.
5. Pile on the Accessories Too
Style Notes: We love how Anna Vitiello doesn't only layer up her outwear but also piles on the chain necklaces. It makes the outfit look more considered rather than like you're pulling a Joey Tribbiani and wearing all your clothes at once.
6. 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.
Style Notes: A fine black roll-neck is a layering staple that you can wear under everything from dresses to shirts to cardigans.
9. Wear a Bib
Style Notes: One way to add layers to your look without feeling bulky is to invest in a knitted bib that you can layer under other jumpers or jackets.
Style Notes: Ada Oguntodu shows how you can double up on coats and outerwear: by layering a blazer under a trench coat.
11. Layer A Cardigan Under A Blazer
12.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.
13. 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.
14. Invest In A Playful Puffer
Style Notes: While often puffers are created in drab shades of black or grey, investing in a fun, playfully patterned one will give you all the more incentive to actually wear it.
15. 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.