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How to layer clothes and look sleek

— by Alyson Walsh

Photos: Claire Pepper

Not sure whether it’s menopause or the unseasonably warm weather (what are we calling it? The False Spring from the South?) but I’m totally into layering, right now. Going for elegant, longer layers here with the two-coat approach. Obviously this is the next step up from the denim jacket and overcoat combo  – and I’m stopping now before I get carried away and go full-on Balenciaga. Style tip: keep it sleek by choosing lightweight base layers. The item underneath the old Burberry trench is actually more of a coatigan, or a lightweight spring coat. It comes in an unlined, double-faced, woven, navy wool fabric (a gift from Hobbs, currently 20% off at John Lewis, HERE), is easy to throw on and off and could be great with a boiler suit…

With layering, the aim is to look effortless. But that takes a little effort –  as I found during a clothes-wrangling session in my bedroom (I’ve never worn a coatigan before, what to do with it?) Outfits need to be properly thought out and coordinated, not just thrown together. Spend time figuring out what goes with what. Another key style tip for elegant layering is colour consideration, finding tones that sit together well. Some of my favourites include: navy and burnt orange, khaki and red, burgundy and teal – although head-to-toe matching colour creates a column shape and can look incredibly chic. I always prefer a neutral backdrop, which more often than not includes khaki or navy or both. But beige and white with navy has a timeless appeal. If that sounds a bit unadventurous then add a colourful t-shirt or base layer – a blast of red would boost this outfit – add a neckerchief or some bling-tastic jewellery to whoop things up. With layers either a necklace that sits at the base of the neck or a longer Chatelaine style is best.

 

 

Layer up, people, this false spring could end in frost.

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