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 weather-proof dressing in winter.
To help, we've compiled 10 key layering tricks that will help you get more wear out of your existing favourites this season. 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 bustier top and lightweight mac are also items to stock up on now. See below for 10 outfit formulas to make you excited about adding those extra layers.
Style Notes: Russia Fashion Week is an excellent source of layering inspiration, and blogger and stylist 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.
Perfect for spring's '80s revival.
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.
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.
Style Notes: Much like the humble black polo-neck, the white shirt is a must for any wardrobe. It's your much-needed layering essential, as it goes with everything. Whether that's under or over a dress, tucked into a pair of trousers, or just poking out of a jacket, there are so many ways to wear it.
You'll get so much cost per wear out of this.
Style Notes: When it's too cold for just one jumper, the solution is to double up on fine knitwear that will fit perfectly under your jackets and coats. If you get too warm, just take one off. Perfecto.
When you get too warm, remember to tie this around your neck à la Olivia Palermo.
Style Notes: If you hate tights, then flared trousers under your A-line skirt and a white shirt are a surprisingly elegant go-to.
Yep, flares are still okay to wear.
Style Notes: This ensemble was a key street style look last year, and it's set to remain for 2018. Simply wear your summer dress over jeans. If you can, leave the dress unbuttoned slightly at the front for a more relaxed feel.
Need this dress.
Style Notes: The latest Scandi layering trick is to wear a black hoodie under a perfectly tailored jacket, making suiting cosier and more relaxed, as proven by Celine Irgens Aagaard. Thanks to Vetements, the hoodie has had a reinvention as of late and is no longer left for skaters or the gym run.
Invest in a cashmere hoodie to give it the polished effect.
A simple wear-with-anything option.