Want to know how to layer successfully during the colder months? These five outfits show just how simple it is to master
February is still winter.
There, I said it. There is no point in fooling ourselves with hopes of green fields, daisies and a light wind because you won't get it.
It's dark, it's raining and there are high winds with a bitter cold that cuts through you. Your clothing choices must be practical. Practicality doesn't equate to banality, so your outfits can still be stylish while battling the elements.
When it comes to layering, people start to panic. We are inundated with street style imagery which makes layering look like a type of witchcraft. Some people are layering masters and can place 10 items of clothing on their body and not look like a walking talking thrift shop.
For the rest of us, we need to simplify it.
The best layering piece you will ever buy is a plain top. It sounds boring but a plain long-sleeved top or polo-neck is the centre of any layered outfit. Their versatility is endless – wear under dresses, jumpsuits, hoodies, tops or whatever else you please. Not only do they provide extra heat but there is something unexpected about one being worn underneath an outfit.
From there, keep it simple with hoodies, sweatshirts and a really good coat or oversized blazer. Your entire wardrobe – whether it's spring or autumn clothes – are then useful options for all layered outfits. However, keep it to a solid four to five pieces. Overcomplicating the thought process will only end with a confused outfit. Stick to the basics, accessorize where you see fit and you are perfectly kitted out for the February cold.
Dogtooth-patterned coat, €79.99 at H&M
Object utility jumpsuit with contrast stitch, €82.95 at ASOS
Basic high-neck sweater, €19.95 at Zara
Aeyde Leandra, €181 at Zalando
My Accessories London black beret, €16.59 at ASOS
Tibi oversized belted faux fur coat, €720 at Net A Porter
Colour block dress, €25.95 at Zara
Long sleeve t-shirt, €12.95 at Zara
ASOS Design Cherry pull-on knee boots, €69.13 at ASOS
Down puffer coat, €250 at Arket
Petite black knitted top, €20 at Topshop
Animal print fleece top, €44 at Topshop
Straight mid-rise jeans, €69 at & Other Stories
Dr. Martens 1490 vegan leather ankle boots, €170 at Net A Porter
Oversized leather blazer, €299 at & Other Stories
Khaki panel hoodie, €26 at Topshop
Pleated wrap midi skirt, €45.58 at Warehouse
Pointed boots black/zebra print, €49.99 at H&M
Considered black super soft scarf with recycled polyester, €10 at Topshop
Olivia brown cow print faux fur coat, €89 at Kitri
Belted cotton-linen cardigan, €69 at COS
GANNI printed stretch top, €109 at Net A Porter
Wide-leg trousers, €39.93 at Zara
Kit boots, €436 at Dear Frances
Picture: Jason Lloyd-Evans
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