A Guide to Winter Layering

In winter staying warm is the ultimate goal. But if you can look good whilst doing so then that’s even better. A sure fire way of keeping the chill out this season is to layer up, as many smaller layers hold more warmth than one or two thick layers. Mixing and matching to create a layered effect is also very in fashion this autumn and winter, so you can look bang on trend without catching cold.

Combining all different textures creates a really feminine and interesting look. Try a cotton floaty skirt with a pair of ribbed tights, a silky shirt and a cable knit jumper to finish off the look. The result is a very bohemian style outfit that wouldn’t look out of place at an art school, or in one of North London’s trendy record stores. Knitwear is a big must for winter 2013, and it is both very stylish and fantastically practical. You don’t need to look far, as knitwear is one of the top looks for the season - even ASDA has a great selection of George knitwear. For extra edge, team girly skirts and knitwear with chunky boots like classic Dr Martens.

There were very few bright or bold colours on the catwalk for this season, and most designers stuck with classic, understated and earthy tones. Colours from nature are always a good call at this time of year, and you can rarely go wrong with deep autumnal hues or basics like cream, white and black. The best thing about sticking to a neutral colour palate is that everything you are layering will go together well. There is no fear of clashing with deep colours and basics, so you can mix and match as much as you want.

Girly patterns like ditsy prints and florals are in again this season after already featuring heavily in the spring and summer of this year. Mix things up a little when layering by teaming very girly prints and fabrics with more masculine plain items in a heavy fabric like wool or cord, as the androgynous look is back for winter. Mixing up feminine and masculine in one outfit nods at both these trends and creates a unique and interesting style. Another big pattern this season is tartan, with the punk era seeing a bit of a revival by the high-end designers. For a real punk rocker take on layering, pop a leather jacket or some denim over a tartan print dress.

A great way to add further depth to a layeredoutfit is to add some accessories with more fabrics. Why not experiment with a differentcolour wool scarf to compliment a wool jumper, or add a silk headscarf to an otherwise boyish combo? Pieces of jewellery can get a little lost in a winter outfit that already has several layers, but if they stand out then they are a worthy addition. Try pearls or statement pieces to finish off your creation.

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to layering, and the high fashion look this season only demonstrates this principle even more. Anything goes; so mix up your prints, textures, styles and colours to create the weirdest and wonderful layered creations – the quirkier the better for an outfit that’s right on trend.

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