Guide to Layering

Autumn Layering

By this time of year, if you haven’t done the old seasonal-wardrobe-switcheroo (whimsical summer dresses into storage, oversized sweaters out), then you’re clearly in denial. It’s not easy to admit that the summer, and its corresponding good times, are over – for a few months at least. But there’s one thing to buoy your sartorial spirits at this time of year: autumn layering.

Autumn is a time when you can get creative with your outfits through some skillful autumn layering. Below are a few tips for layering, plus my guide to the key pieces you need to layer like a pro. You’ll be surprised at how many outfit combos you can come up with by breaking it down and keeping a few simple rules in mind.

Keep layers thin

Where many go wrong with layering is with the bulk and bumpy silhouettes that can result from ill-thought-through attempts at layering.

That's where heat tech from Uniqlo, is your saviour. Heat tech is the genius collection of thermal under-wear (t-shirts, long-sleeve t-shirts, singlets etc) that keeps you toasty but has no bulk to it whatsoever. With a strategically-worn heat tech piece, you can keep your other layers thin, meaning that there can be more layers to play with without bulking them up.

Balance proportions

Inspired layering / baked potato. It’s a fine line. To avoid slipping into the latter category you’ve got to balance the proportions. So if you’re layering heavily above your waist keep it simple downstairs. For example, if you layer a couple of tops with a blazer and your outerwear, keep it simple below with a pair of well-tailored trousers.

Mix up the textures

To keep your outfit interesting, mix up the textures in your outfit. This keeps the eye moving over your ensemble. Thin merino knits, silk shirts, wool blazers, cotton trench...

Stick to classic tailoring

You can’t go wrong when you’re working with quality basics. Layering clean lines will result in a sharp look. Once you’ve got it set up, then you can add the sauce - with your accessories and outwear.

If in doubt, go with the same colour family

If you’re not confident in your layering skills, stick with the same colour family (read my guide to tonal dressing here) or go monochrome. If you do this remember to keep the proportions right and play with different textures.

Belts!

Belts are your best friend when it comes to cinching it all in and tying those layers together.  It’s worth investing in a few good belts to add interest and structure to your outfits.

Key Layering pieces

You will find you have most of the items listed below already in your wardrobe. Take them out, have a little trying-on session when no one’s around, by mixing different pieces within and between the categories below. Take selfies in the mirror of the combos that work for future inspo on mornings when its hard to put oneself together.

Tops

  • Roll neck tops in black, white and neutral tones
  • White cotton shirt
  • Silk shirt
  • Strappy or strapless top
  • Knitted vests
  • Slip dress
  • Floral dress

Bottoms

  • Tailored trousers
  • Jeans
  • Leather leggings
  • Midi and mini skirt
  • A-line or floaty skirt

Outwear

  • Blazer
  • Light weight coat (trench)
  • Sleeveless coat/gilet
  • Tailored wool coat (always worth getting a slightly over-size so you can layer-up underneath)

Accessories

  • Belts
  • Coloured tights
  • Scarves – silk neck scarves and long wool scarves
  • Necklaces
  • Shoes: ankle boots, knee-high boots, loafers, trainers, strappy heels over tights/socks (it can be done)

Six steps to a layered look:

The Coat
The blazer
The shirt
The turtle neck
The leather skirt
The boots

When I work with my clients on a wardrobe edit, one of the things I do is look at individual pieces and come up with new layering combinations to maximise the use they get from their clothes and so that they connect with pieces they might have become bored with over time. To find out more about a wardrobe edit click here, and to schedule a call with me click below.

The Spring 2023 shows have just served us inspiration for every day autumn 2022 outfits by way of a super easy outfit formula: relaxed fit jeans + tank top + flannel shirt worn open + ankle boots + slouchy handbag. 

My styling tips to make sure this outfit is elevated and won’t make you feel scruffy: choose excellent quality fabrics for every piece. These are all classic pieces and will last you a long time so it’s worth investing in quality. Instead of a cotton tank top, choose a cosier and quality fabric for autumn like a rib knit cashmere. Choose a sharp boot to lift the look. Look after your clothes always to keep them in their best condition. 

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The Spring 2023 shows have just served us inspiration for every day autumn 2022 outfits by way of a super easy outfit formula: relaxed fit jeans + tank top + flannel shirt worn open + ankle boots + slouchy handbag. My styling tips to make sure this outfit is elevated and won’t make you feel scruffy: choose excellent quality fabrics for every piece. These are all classic pieces and will last you a long time so it’s worth investing in quality. Instead of a cotton tank top, choose a cosier and quality fabric for autumn like a rib knit cashmere. Choose a sharp boot to lift the look. Look after your clothes always to keep them in their best condition. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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Starting to plan your autumn wardrobe? Here’s a few ideas. Relaxed tailoring. Sharp tailoring. Western style accents. Fabulous shoes. Statement knitwear. Statement coat. And don’t forget the versatility of wide-leg, high waisted, pleated-front trousers (you’d be surprised at how flattering they are, trust me). Get in touch if you’d like help in planning your wardrobe this autumn. Still some dates available. #suzannedelahuntystylist
Starting to plan your autumn wardrobe? Here’s a few ideas. Relaxed tailoring. Sharp tailoring. Western style accents. Fabulous shoes. Statement knitwear. Statement coat. And don’t forget the versatility of wide-leg, high waisted, pleated-front trousers (you’d be surprised at how flattering they are, trust me). Get in touch if you’d like help in planning your wardrobe this autumn. Still some dates available. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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Fashion month for next spring/summer is about to kick off. But before we look that far ahead, here’s a round up of what’s coming this autumn/winter 2022. 

1. Outerwear is puffy and fluffy: it’s all about the bigger, cosier proportions. 

2. Corsets: worn over shirts, dresses, with jeans. Get creative. 

3. Denim: straight leg, wide leg, slouchy styles. High waisted or low slung.

4. Leather: leather makes a dramatic appearance as overalls, jumpsuits, dresses and shirts. Wear with tonal knitwear. 

5. Embellishments: a lot of transparent fabrics were embellished for a textured take on evening and party looks. 

6. Pink: choose the tone that suits you best- cool, warm, bright or soft. 

7. Chocolate hues: luxurious neutrals. 

8. Gloves: dramatic lengths to make a statement. 

9. Shoes: exaggerated platforms. The higher the better!

#suzannedelahuntystylist
Fashion month for next spring/summer is about to kick off. But before we look that far ahead, here’s a round up of what’s coming this autumn/winter 2022. 1. Outerwear is puffy and fluffy: it’s all about the bigger, cosier proportions. 2. Corsets: worn over shirts, dresses, with jeans. Get creative. 3. Denim: straight leg, wide leg, slouchy styles. High waisted or low slung. 4. Leather: leather makes a dramatic appearance as overalls, jumpsuits, dresses and shirts. Wear with tonal knitwear. 5. Embellishments: a lot of transparent fabrics were embellished for a textured take on evening and party looks. 6. Pink: choose the tone that suits you best- cool, warm, bright or soft. 7. Chocolate hues: luxurious neutrals. 8. Gloves: dramatic lengths to make a statement. 9. Shoes: exaggerated platforms. The higher the better! #suzannedelahuntystylist
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Delighted to have been asked for my advice on wearing polka dots by @telegraphfashion - my tips on how best to wear them and how to clash your dots with purpose and style. Link to article in my stories.  #suzannedelahuntystylist #polkadots
Delighted to have been asked for my advice on wearing polka dots by @telegraphfashion - my tips on how best to wear them and how to clash your dots with purpose and style. Link to article in my stories. #suzannedelahuntystylist #polkadots
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Trying on all the neutrals and monochrome. It’s never boring. #suzannedelahuntystylist
Trying on all the neutrals and monochrome. It’s never boring. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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“Fashion has to reflect who you are, what you feel at the moment, where you’re going.” -Pharrell Williams. 
There's three truths in this quote. 

1. What you wear should reflect who you are. It's an outward expression of who you are inside. And expressing that in an authentic way through your outfits choices is a very powerful way to feel comfortable in your own skin.

2. What you wear also has a direct impact on how you feel. Studies have proven this is absolutely true. When you dress in clothes that make you look good, you feel good. Dressing in a more polished way makes you more productive. 

3. What you wear impacts how you are perceived by others. Dress for the job you want. The person you are becoming. If you feel it so will the people around you, and that's half the battle to achieving it.

What you wear absolutely makes a difference. #suzannedelahuntystylist
“Fashion has to reflect who you are, what you feel at the moment, where you’re going.” -Pharrell Williams. There's three truths in this quote.  1. What you wear should reflect who you are. It's an outward expression of who you are inside. And expressing that in an authentic way through your outfits choices is a very powerful way to feel comfortable in your own skin. 2. What you wear also has a direct impact on how you feel. Studies have proven this is absolutely true. When you dress in clothes that make you look good, you feel good. Dressing in a more polished way makes you more productive.  3. What you wear impacts how you are perceived by others. Dress for the job you want. The person you are becoming. If you feel it so will the people around you, and that's half the battle to achieving it. What you wear absolutely makes a difference. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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