Beauty & Fashion

Layer It, Love It: Eight Essentials for Every Woman in Winter, Fall and Spring

April 17, 2014

Purchasing your winter wardrobe doesn’t have to break the bank. A few key pieces are all you need to get you through the colder months and even up to the first days of summer. Layering is a great way to keep out the cold and is far more effective than wearing one chunky outer layer. Mixing and matching your layers will also 

provide you with an endless array of stylish outfits. Read on for some winter style inspiration.

Skinny Jeans

Skinny jeans provide the perfect foundation for any stylish outfit. Wear them under leather boots for added warmth, or team them with stilettos and a tank top for a night on the town. As the warmer weather approaches, turn up the ends for an attractive spring look.

Cashmere Sweater

Cashmere sweaters can be dressed up with tailored trousers for an elegant look, or worn over an oxford shirt and printed leggings for a trendier style. Invest in a few different colours and lengths to provide extra layering options. Cashmere sweaters have really come down in price over the last few years. If you are prepared to put in the legwork, you might even be able to uncover some vintage pieces at your local second-hand stores.

Hooded Coat

The unpredictable English weather can quickly turn nasty. Torrential downpours are a constant hazard during the colder months. A hooded coat is a much better option than carrying an umbrella everywhere you go, so a parka coat in one of the new modern styles is a much better option. A parka also makes a fabulous festival choice teamed with printed wellies.

Long-Sleeve T-Shirt

This piece can be worn as insulation under a winter jumper or tucked into palazzo pants during the spring. Bright colours or prints will make the simple design more interesting. Make sure you purchase the perfect size. One that is too large will look baggy and awkward, whereas a small size will ride up and gather around your waist.

Brightly-Coloured Outerwear

A statement coat will brighten up even the cloudiest day, so opt for the most daring shade you can find. Bright yellow, electric blue or mint green coats are great ways to inject some colour into your wardrobe. For an edgy look, opt for a shaggy, faux fur jacket in an eye-catching colour. Capes are also a terrific option for experimenting with colour so try some bold Aztec prints in contrasting shades to complement your outfit.

Knee-High Boots

Every woman’s style staple, knee-high boots are one of the most versatile footwear options imaginable. They look fantastic worn over skinny jeans and knitted leggings during the colder months. As spring approaches, wear them with skirts or tights to get as much use out of them as possible. Flat versions are perfect for running errands or shopping trips. Those with a small block-heel can also be worn as casual daywear, or try some stiletto spike heels over your skinnies for a sexy evening look.

Knitted Sweater-Dress

A knitted sweater dress is another perfect companion for your knee-high boots. Wear it loose and baggy with oversized jewellery, or try a more tailored version. Enhance your waist with an elasticated belt. A chunky cable-knit over some woolly tights is a classic look that works on just about every body type.

Printed Scarf

A printed scarf is an essential addition for any time of the year and will keep the piercing cold at bay. Try a knitted version for the extra cold months of December and January. Spring is the perfect opportunity to stock up on an array of pretty chiffon versions that can double up as wraps to protect your head and shoulders on hot days.

With these eight essential items, you will be well prepared for anything the British climate has in store. By collecting a few key pieces you can create hundreds of different looks with the help of a few accessories. Statement jewellery, patterned tights and high heels can transform your outfits in seconds. Winter fashion does not have to be a succession of dull, sombre outfits that are purely for keeping out the cold. Adding different colours, textures and fabrics will add a new dimension to your layers making them far more attractive and trendy.

Georgia Robertson has passion for style. She loves writing about beautiful and flattering looks on fashion blogs.

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