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Long live LOL (lots of layers)

By johanna

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A recent Facebook study suggests that it’s time to say RIP to LOL (apparently we now prefer to use haha or emojis over “LOL” to express laughter), but for me LOL has always had a very different meaning, one that is prevalent to this time of year, and one that will never go out of fashion in the UK….lots of layers!

We all know how unpredictable the British weather can be, and never more so than during the Autumn months when cold overnight temperatures battle with potentially ‘monsoon summer’ days, and “sunny and warm” can turn into “rainy and chilly” in the blink of an eye.

Autumn is THE season for layering, a style that not only keeps you warm, but also has the potential to make an outfit more interesting. The following layer-friendly fashion essentials are the building blocks of your new season wardrobe…

Scarf-time!

Whether it’s waiting at the school gates or cheering from Saturday morning sidelines, the scarf is the versatile champion of Autumn and one of my favourite accessories of all time. They can add a pop of colour or interesting print to an outfit during the day and provide extra warmth in the early morning/evening.

Rework

  • Layer up trusted items, for example, add boots, a biker jacket, a long sleeved top (if it’s sleeveless) and a trusty lightweight scarf with your new season dress.
  • Unless you’re a teenager, avoid wearing tight fitting, long sleeved shirts under t-shirts, instead opt for a tight long sleeve shirt under a short leather jacket with 3/4 sleeves or a cute knitted tank top (trend alert), and the same trusted scarf.

Don’t forget the bottom half…

Layer tights, skinny jeans and leggings worn under a skirt/dress with knee-high boots. As reported in Grazia last month the dress-over-trousers trend, which first made an appearance a few seasons ago (and which most of us ignored), is back with a vengeance. Try a long side-split knit over wide trousers for a minimalist look, or keep it tailored with a structured tunic layered over tailored trousers.

Top tip: The key to looking coordinated is to make sure you have no more than three levels of layering going on. The thinnest garment should be worn closest to your skin (and so on….) and wear longest pieces on the bottom.

Back to basics

  • Over-the-knee socks add an instant update and are perfect for extra warmth or a splash of colour.
  • Not only are tights a great way to bring summer dresses into the autumn, they can give an old dress a new look. If your outfit is neutral (i.e. navy, black, beige) brighten it up with coloured hosiery (tan boots work wonders with deep burgundy shades). If your outfit is plain add interesting detail with patterned tights.
  • Finally… don’t be shy; a glimpse of underwear is encouraged this season.

Hat trick!

From knitted beanies and wide brimmed hats, to faux fur and jaunty berets, these cold winter fighters can be both functional and stylish.

  • A classic black beanie is ideal for a bad hair day, while a bold hue will brighten up any look (all the while keeping ears toasty).
  • No new-season hit list is complete without a dash of the 70s and a wide brimmed floppy fedora style hat will do the trick.
  • Warm up your outfit with a stylish faux fur hat.
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