All-weather dressing. It’s a necessity, not a luxury in the UK. So, we design our collections with a certain technique in mind: layering. It will save you from a cocktail of rain, sunshine and wind blowing hot and cold – all in one day.
And even if the weather behaves itself according to the season, I’ve found that there is more to layering than practicality: it’s really easy to put fantastic pieces together when you chose the right shades, shapes and yarns. You might be wearing a lot of clothes but, when done well, you achieve that much-talked about look, fashion’s holy grail: effortless style. Here are your layering heroes…
THE LONG SLEEVED T-SHIRT
A long sleeved T-shirt is where the layering begins. Why? Because it sits close enough to the body so other pieces can fall over it easily. It’s important that you choose something lightweight, like cotton or jersey, in a neutral tone.
Cardigans are easy to put on and take off. That’s why we love them for layering. A great alternative to a jumper, they have a slightly more feminine feel. Experiment with different lengths. Long cardigans – chunky or fine – look good with dresses and skirts, while a shorter piece balances jeans or tailored separates.
Choosing a jumper can be slightly trickier, as the choices are endless. One thing to remember is not to scrimp on quality. Make an investment instead. Natural fibres, from soft merino wools to luxury cashmeres, are timeless yarns and won’t make you sweat. As for the shape, relaxed and slouchy fits make it easier to place over T-shirts, tops or shirts.
The ultimate layering piece is the poncho. For casual occasions, ponchos with roll necks and ribs are perfect. To make a statement, it’s all in the detail; opt for our fringing and bold colours. Ponchos also work for smart casual evenings when worn with a heeled boot; opt for a style that’s slightly more oversized.
Think of your coat as the grand finale; it has to be flawless. As I sit here surrounded by some of this season’s new coats, there are a few things I can share: the designs are unique, the colours are captivating and the fabrics feel unbelievably lavish. And so they should – they’re sourced from some of the finest mills in Italy. The only rule here is that your final layer should look as good as it feels.
By Nakhalar Sterling