January is a month-long, Christmas comedown that we all dread. The cold, wintery weather seems to ramp up into high gear, and as temperatures start dropping into minus territory, all we seem to crave is blankets and boxsets. The icy weather means that on the exceptionally dark and chilly mornings, it can be very tempting to chuck on your trusty, go-to oversized coat and call it a day – especially when those precious minutes stood in your towel deciding what to wear equals less time in bed! However, for the creative dressers amongst us, this time of year is perfect for experimenting with layering. This winter trend allows you to mix and match statement pieces with everyday staples you already know and love, helping to give your wardrobe a refresh. So, get ready to rip open your wardrobes with confidence, as we’ve taken inspo from the trendsetters and street stylists, to give you lessons in the art of layering.
One major obstacle to combat when loading on the layers is unwanted bulk. There’s nothing cute about walking around like the Michelin man. One way to prevent this is to vary the length of your layers, with the thickest item being the shortest, this way you can show off the slimmer pieces on show underneath, stopping you from looking drowned out under multiple layers and helping to create a more flattering shape. Achieve this look by taking inspiration from the street stylists and layer a cropped, quilted puffa jacket or oversized bomber over a midi skirt or dress for an uber-cool off-duty look, finished off perfectly with sporty dad trainers or biker boots.
Take that summer dress that’s hiding in the back of your wardrobe out of its winter retirement, as utilising the power of layering allows it to take centre stage in your winter wardrobe. When styling your summery slip dress, take inspo from the street style mavens and layer a long-sleeve satin blouse underneath for an interesting contrast in texture and instant 90’s vibes. Another way to wear it is to team a metallic mini pinafore with a trusty black turtleneck, to keep your limbs warm and protected from the cold weather! Plus, the clashing of both textures and prints will upgrade your layered look for ultimate style points.
So, this month, combat the post-crimbo blues with a new take on the winter layering trend, to achieve ultimate warmth, but make it fashion.
There’s most definitely an art to mixing and matching items to ensure you don’t end up looking frumpy. A hack for this is to take a dramatic, statement piece, such as a maxi dress with a bold print or metallic shine and add a slouchier number into the mix, like a cool oversized sweater, for a look that’s effortlessly put together but still comfortable. You’re totally bringing down the cost per wear of an item that may only be suitable for after-dark glam and making it daywear appropriate by adding a softer style as a layering tool. When executed correctly, this look is perfect for daytime dates when teamed with edgy boots with buckle detailing.
The cold weather is the perfect excuse to clash together different textures and prints. Anything goes in the quest for warmth! For a shiny take on the layered trend, choose a striking, vinyl jacket to layer over a bold print, pleated trouser or mini dress to add dimension and drama to your outfit. For a cosier approach, choose a longline coat to combat the freezing temperatures, but keep your outfit looking on-point. Choose a quilted style for added drama (and heat) and slip on over a maxi dress for a cool and casual look. If you want to take it one step further, take inspo from the street stylists and throw your longline coat over your go-to denim jeans. Finish the look with a chunky, combat boot to grunge up your ensemble.