How To Do: Layering (Part 1)!

How To Do: Layering (Part 1)!

On Monday I showed you how to get that fabulously textural ‘off-duty’ look for a high-budget. However, today I’m going to show you how to get another of the key looks for Autumn/Winter. Layering not only keeps you warm, but adds to the texture of the outfit (see previous blogs). Layering can inject cool into ‘off-duty’ clothes (whilst keeping you warm!), and (surprisingly) can turn a simple cocktail or evening dress into something more glamorous. Layer knits, silks, or leather. It’s all down to how you interpret it…

Layer… Knitwear

Wear chunky jumpers over jeans, wear a knit dress over tights and wear a big, slouchy, knit cardigan over a cocktail dress to add texture and dimension to a simple silhouette.

Jumper – Mango – Relaxed-Fit Openwork Knitted Sweater (£29.90) – Mango.com.
Dress – Topshop – Cream Heavy Knit Jumper Dress By Boutique (£60) – Topshop.com.
Cardigan – DAY Birger et Mikkelsen – Draped Ribbed Knitted Cardigan (£230) – Net-a-porter.com.


Wear silk/satin trousers under pussybow blouses for day-time chic, wear silk/satin jumpsuits in the evening with snake-skin sandals, or wear silk/satin tops over leather trousers for a glam office approach.

Trousers – New Look – Wide Leg Leopard Trousers (£32.99) – Newlook.com.
Jumpsuit – By Malene Birger – Naby Satin Jumpsuit (£210) – Net-a-porter.com.
Shirt – Mango – Tie Front Shirt (£69.90) – Mango.com.


Layering leather can achieve a really tough look. Wear a leather jacket over a cocktail dress, wear leather trousers under an assortment of large, chunky knits, or wear a leather skirt under a metallic jumper.

Jacket – Vince – Quilted Leather Motocross Jacket (£825) – Net-a-porter.com.
Skirt – Zara – Leather Miniskirt (£69.99) – Zara.com.
Trousers – Topshop – Faux Leather 7/8ths Trousers (£42) – Topshop.com.


Tweed jackets can be worn with pencil skirts, tweed skirts can be worn with white silk blouses, or wear a big tweed coat over anything to wrap up and look cool at the same time.

Jacket – Topshop – Tweed Shrunken Blazer (£65) – Topshop.com.
Skirt – Gucci – Leather-Trimmed Tweed Mini Skirt (£510) – Net-a-porter.com.
Coat – Burberry Prorsum – Wool Tweed Trench Coat (£1,795) – Net-a-porter.com.


Wear wool jackets over polo-neck jumpers, wear wool skirts under polo-neck jumpers or wear large wool coats over tuxedo pants for a modern take on evening dressing.

Jacket – Vanessa Bruno – Athe Shrunken Jacket in Wool (£240) – Asos.com.
Skirt – Asos – Wool Jersey Mini Skirt (£15) – Asos.com.
Coat – Stella McCartney – Anabelle Oversized Wool-Twill Coat (£1,395) – Net-a-porter.com.

Check out my blog on Monday for How To Do: Layering (Part 2), where I will show you how to get the layered evening look for a low-budget.

ewfashionblogger – Your online fashion stylist.

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