London is good for many different things: eating out, art galleries, parks and, of course, fashion week. One thing we're not so great at, however, is extreme weather—whether it's broken down trains, slippery roads, or pathetically porous coats, we're just not set up to deal with anything aside from mild drizzle. Sorry, but you know it's true. That's why we've been here over the last few months, drip-feeding you a steady stream of content that covers a variety of styling hacks and clever layering tricks to get you through the cold weather in style. Luckily for us, the latest trend that has come to our attention ticks both the style and practicality boxes.
Mesh tops are literally everywhere in London right now. No, they might not scream warmth, but they're actually the perfect insulating base layer—thin enough to slip under slim fit shirts and dresses, but also breathable enough that you won't end up a sweaty mess on the tube. Who What Wear's editors can attest to this. From our experience, the key to dressing warmly without looking like a snowman lies in clever, hard-working layers—and this trend couldn't be more fitting for this purpose.
Long-sleeved, lightweight and often featuring a roll neck, this versatile trend will carry you spring and into the summer months. We'll smother it in layers while it's still cold—think open shirts, V-neck jumpers and boiler suits, then when spring arrives, we'll tuck it into high-waisted tailored trousers and throw on a light blazer. Coming in a range of funky colours and prints—from florals to leopard—this is no ordinary base-layer, this is base-layer in party mode. Whatever hue you choose, you can guarantee it'll add reams of personality to any ensemble.
Style Notes: ASOS Hannah layers her checked mesh top like a pro. Simply wear a throwback tee, high-waisted trousers and a teddy coat for a dreamy combo.
Style Notes: Ganni's mesh leopard print top makes for the ideal piece to layer under a statement red jumpsuit.
Style Notes: Kat Collings is our spring/summer 2019 style icon. Her H&M mesh top looks so good tucked into pinstriped trousers.
Style Notes: It might be buried beneath many layers, but this leopard print base-layer still manages to add interest to a classic trench thanks to a V-neck knit.
Style Notes: Megan Ellaby shows that snakeskin can be an easy print to work in the daytime. It gives off rock 'n' roll vibes when paired with denim and "I just woke up like this" hair.
Scroll down to see and shop our edit of the mesh tops to invest in this week.
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This would look so good with black tailored trousers.
A little snake print never did anyone any harm.
The mesh trend gets an artistic spin thanks to Marques'Almeida.
A cult Ganni piece if we ever saw one.
This H&M number is a serious bargain.
Scarf print gets the mesh-top treatment.
This would look so good with tailored trousers.
Leopard print is still going strong for 2019.
This top is ready to party.
Steal ASOS Hannah's style with Daisy Street's check mesh top
Tiger print gets an abstract makeover.
Perfect if you like a pop of colour.
Opt for abstract print if you want a bit of noughties cool.
Two words: Neon green. Not for the faint-hearted.