By Emma Spedding
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.
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.
Pile on the Accessories Too
Style Notes: Don’t forget to layer up your outwear but also pile 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.
A Black Roll-Neck Will Work Under Almost Anything
Style Notes: A fine black roll-neck is a layering staple that you can wear under everything from dresses to shirts to cardigans.
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.
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.