New ways to style - Layering
One of the most resourceful ways you can wear your clothes is to think about styling them differently.
Some of us may also be feeling a bit bored with our current looks, coupled with the weather yo-yoing from sunshine to chills; so constantly throwing on and off extra layers to combat comfort rather than style.
For days when the sun is out but a chill lingers in the air, layering is our go to styling method. Knowing how to layer is also helpful when maintaining a sustainable wardrobe. How we wear our clothes can also have a huge impact on how often we wear our clothes, which in the long term contributes to how long we love, care for and keep our clothes.
Unsure about how to layer your favourite pieces? Keep reading to explore our top five layering tips that will help you not only get more wear out of your clothes, but also help you see key pieces of your wardrobe in a new light and hopefully feel a bit less bored with what you already have.
Define your capsule pieces
An important component of layering is having key pieces that can be worn again and again, such a white t-shirt, plain bamboo top, a simple jacket, laid back cardigan, a flowy skirt, smart trousers and a good pair of jeans. Having these in your wardrobe can make countless minimalistic looks together and also act as a solid base for more experimental combinations of print, texture and colour. If you haven’t already explored the concept of a capsule wardrobe then check out how to create a capsule wardrobe for summer, or you may need to start simple with our guide to a wardrobe detox.
Clash prints and patterns
Not only one of the best ways to layer, but also one of the most fun ways to wear clothes.
Clashing prints and patterns can seem daunting, but with the right guidance it’s a chic way to do easy layering. A simple way to achieve this look by wearing a patterned one piece, like a dress or jumpsuit, with a clashing coat. This exudes that ‘oh I just threw this on’ vibe we’re always trying to achieve! Want something more structured? The key to easy clashing is to choose one common colour that appears in your pieces. For example, our Miriam spot print blazer looks amazing with our Veriena scenic printed midi skirt, adding a plain colour piece like our Valentina Tencel blouse to soften the look if needed.
If in doubt, add accessories
We often fall into the trap of assuming layering just means layering your clothes, but adding accessories such as jewellery, bags, belts, scarves and hats can make or break a good outfit. Getting a bit bored of your every day knit? Add a fun broach and a waist belt to freshen it up. Or add stud earrings to the button holes of cardigans to give them a bit of glam and lift your mood. You can also layer different lengths of necklaces to complete your finished look rather than one at a time which means you’ll get a lot more use out of them too.
If you’re more of a block colour person, subtle laying will be your thing. However, this is a fine art and the best way to achieve this is to blend. Try a neutral shade like cream, black or navy to achieve this look. Blending similar hues of the same colour helps your outfit look more put together and is an easy to sneak in a few extra layers.
Play with lengths
You’ll find on your adventures in layering that adding layers to your top half is a lot easier than the bottom half. To make sure your outfit isn’t too top heavy make sure you experiment with length throughout your look. For example, layering a light roll neck (that comes up high) with a cardigan with a few buttons done up (that hits the waist) with an undone blazer (that hits the hips) and finally a long coat (that hits the thighs or knees). Add a pair of smart jeans and your favourite shoes and voila! You have a complete layered outfit that looks great and elongates the body, without looking like overkill.
Long blouses are also great under knitwear and blazers. Like our Paullina Organic Cotton Spot Shirt with our Kate Oversized Wool Jumper. The more you experiment, the better you’ll get at it and find out what works for you.