The weather in London is definitely in a transitional period and I think we’re all a little confused about what on earth to wear day to day. This weekend it was a toasty 25 degrees and my friends and I spent Saturday prosecco picnicing in St James’ Park followed by dinner al fresco – then, despite the dry forecast, the heavens opened on us at the table but luckily by then we were a few happy hour cocktails deep so we didn’t mind the drizzle.
This morning, it’s back down to a cool 15 and I found myself reaching back to my boots. When the seasons are changeable like this, I find that luxe layering your outfits comes in really hand. Here’s how:
Layering outfits is all about building your look in such a way that you can be warm without covering everything up with a jacket or coat and at the same time, if you get warm, you can peel back the layers and still look classy, comfortably and stylish. One of the ways that I love to layer is wearing knitwear over a dress. It’s quick, easy and I like how the femininity of the dress is offset by the chunky knitwear material.
In this case, I went for an asymmetrical slip dress with beautiful lace detailing. It’s quite sheer, great for date night but a little sexy for a work day, so I amplified the layering with a leather mini skirt underneath for extra warmth and coverage. I also paired the look with over-the-knee boots to limit the amount of skin on show and the suede texture brings a nice contrast to the smooth leather of the skirt, adding to the multi-dimensional aspect of this layered look.
|Boxy Knit: similar here | Lace Edge Dress: similar here | Leather Miniskirt: similar here | Over the Knee Boots: here | Handbag: similar here|
Finish the look off with a bag that has some great detail like external pockets and metal hardware and then layer and mix different styles of jewellery for added texture. This not only gives your look stylistic flair but it also makes your overall outfit seem more expensive because designer fashion tends to be more detailed than the patterns cut by ‘affordable fashion’ brands because detail costs money!
Next time it’s chilly out, instead of reaching for an old coat, go for the luxe layering look instead and mix and match knitwear over other lighter pieces so you’ll stay stylish wether you need to remain wrapped up against the weather or strip off this season.
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