Happy New Year to you all – a new decade commences!
We will, without a doubt, soon have a spell of bitter cold winds, ice and possibly some snow before we see the lighter days! 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?
Layering can be something that we are apprehensive about, due to the fear of our outfits becoming too bulky. However, the key to a good outfit in the winter is nailing the art of layering. Achieving this will give you the ability to expand your wardrobe and create a look that complements your body shape, whilst keeping stylish!
My individual style incorporates one of my fashion mantras – “Stylish Layering Works”
For as long as I can remember I have always loved layering and the logistics behind it. Understanding layering enabled me to create the stylish chic look that I love!
LAYERING – WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Layering is one of the basic concepts for minimalist style. It allows for creativity, but it also infuses practicality, especially in this season, when we have to be equally prepared for freezing cold outside and quite warm temperature inside. Minimalist style is often about a mixture of simple and unique cuts, different silhouettes and textures, which paired together can result in classic, but interesting combinations.
Trans-seasonal layering is just as much a trend as it is a necessity for those in between months. 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!
HOW TO LAYER
Aside from building up stylistic elements, each layer should serve a purpose:
Regulation – This is a vital layer to keeping your body temperature up! Thinner garments such as t shirts, shirts, blouses, jerseys and vests are a good base to start with.
Insulation – Keeping the warmth in on those winter days is really important! Jumpers, turtlenecks and polo necks are perfect for defending you from the cold!
Protection – The final layer is one of the most necessary and provides protection against the weather elements. Jackets and coats are an imperative staple to keep you dry and shielded from the wind. Keep your outfit stylish and sleek with modern, tailored outerwear. You could really get away with wearing almost anything under a fitted trench coat.
Classic winter accessories such as gloves, hats, scarves will add the extra warmth and protection!
KEY RULES FOR LAYERING
3 Layers maximum.
Keep in proportion with length and hemlines.
Each visible layer should work with the outfit overall and on its own. This way, you can add and remove layers as the day becomes warmer or cooler, and still look good.
Layer from light to heavy.
Tones – play with colours and textures.
Have fun mixing prints but don’t go overboard by having too many