The Art of Layering

This article informs us on ‘the art of layering’, with top tips on how to layer fashionably, why layering is such a easy way to dress for spring, and how to adapt layering to our own personal style.

by PamDavis 4 years ago

I’m so excited to become the official “Fashion Editor” for Student Life magazine, each month I get to share all things fashionista style with you all.

It’s been a very busy last few months at HQ, Spring/Summer season is now coming into play, that’s when my fashion calendar starts to hot up, beginning on 22nd April at GLAM Lifestyle event at Colchester United. I am supplying models, directing and producing 2 Fashion Shows for the event.

Alongside this, I’m working as a regular model with ITV on This Morning with Phil & Holly and the lovely team at ITV. I am now a fully qualified Grandmentor with Volunteering Matters, helping young people 16-25 in care; so humbling and endearing and cannot wait to get matched and started.

This month I would like to share with you the art of layering. 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.

My individual style incorporates one of my fashion mantra “Stylish Layering Works”.

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved the art of layering and the logistics behind it. Understanding layering enabled me to create the stylish chic look that I love!

The seasons are transitioning and so must our wardrobes. How do you dress when you don’t know what the weather is going to do?

Keep a few different scenarios in mind when you’re dressing in the morning, that way you can adapt your look as the day goes on.

Many of us are afraid to layer our clothes for fear of looking bigger than we actually are. The logic would lead us to believe this, however nothing can be further from the truth.

The key to a good outfit is nailing the art of layering. Achieving this will give you the ability to expand your wardrobe and create a look that will complement your body shape, whilst keeping stylish!

It’s a great way of building the outfit, whilst adding so much more interest, shape and dimension. It’s also a way to create a beautiful look out of pieces that all work together to achieve the desired effect.

Layering – What does it mean?

There is no hard and fast rule, but think about it this way:

WHY Layer?

Trans-Seasonal layering is not so much a trend as a necessity in these in-between months. As the temperature starts to drop or heat up, the days of simple dressing become obsolete and we start to layer strategically our outfits, to battle the multiple seasons that each day can bring us.

A key function of layering is the option of adding/removing items. It’s important to ensure that your layers don’t clash in both pattern and colour. You can go in either direction for this one, but remember never to mix contrasting patterns. Create the illusion without creating the bulk. The options are endless!!!



Each layer has a function and serves a purpose. Style the pieces in the right manner.

Base Layer

Regulation — body temperature.

Mid Layer

Insulation – Keep you warm and maintain moisture.

Shell Layer

Protection against the weather elements.



1. Thinner pieces first

Start with a basic, lightweight top.

2. Define the layer

A layer is essentially any item that can be worn on its own.

3. Keep it casual

Layering is best used for casual occasions and is generally not appropriate in a more formal setting. However, a layered combination can include one or more classy pieces, such as a tailored blazer.

4. Layering is practical

Generally, you are better off wearing two or three thinner layers of clothing rather than one thick one. Pieces should be loose fitting.

5. Mix in some colour

In the Winter, the normal black, brown, grey and navy are great, however other colours, such as red, green, pink, purple will add spice to your look, if combined properly.

6. Always feel comfortable

Wherever your mood takes you – go with it! You should always feel comfortable when wearing your outfit. Make sure you can lift your arms. If this is not the case, your layering is too thick.


Key Pieces for Layering


  • T-shirts/vests – cotton, chiffon, mesh
  • Shirts/blouses
  • Soft cardigans, sweaters
  • Jackets/blazers/gilets
  • Structured jackets
  • Coats
  • Bright printed scarves/shawls
  • Hats
  • Accessories (bracelets, rings, necklaces)


  • T-shirts
  • Jerseys
  • Turtle/polo necks
  • Polo style shirts
  • Shirts – smart/casual
  • Waistcoats
  • Jackets/gilets
  • Coats
  • Scarves
  • Hats
  • Accessories (hats, belts, man-bags)


Fashion Candy Style Key Rules To Layering

3 layers max.

Keep in proportion with balanced length/hemlines.

Each visible layer should work with the outfit and on its own.

Layer from light to heavy.

Tones – play with colours and textures.

Have fun mixing prints.

Just because the weather may be dull, it doesn’t mean your dress sense should be. Be fearless and don’t hesitate to mix & match your colours.

I would like to invite all of our readers to send me suggestions for anything you would like me to feature in future issues. Any budding fashionistas who need fashion advice, please feel free to get in touch. Follow me on social media for all the latest news.


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Pam Davis
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