Is it me, or has is suddenly got a LOT colder over the past few days? I’ve had to start wearing gloves in the morning, wear my thickest coats and pile on the layers to keep warm! Finding ways to layer in winter sounds easy, but making pieces work together can often be tricky; will I be warm enough? Too warm? How many layers is too many layers? I’ve decided to put a few looks together using what’s in my wardrobe, starting with three basic pieces that most of us will have. A cardigan, a sweatshirt and a roll neck.
I’ve put together three looks for each item which will hopefully give you some inspiration of how to layer for the chilly weather, but also wear your pieces in ways you might not have thought of before. One thing I love about layering, especially at this time of year, is that it helps me to get more wear out of items from past seasons. Summer T shirts, lace camisoles, strappy dresses and floaty midi skirts from the summer can all be found here! I love to be able to give my older pieces a new lease of life and make sure I get lots of wear out of them.
Ways To Layer The Cardigan
Cardigans have always been somewhat of a comfort blanket for me. You’ll find a collection of them hung up on the back of my bedroom door, ready for when temperatures drop. They’re often something I’ll just throw on over a T shirt and sweatpants for days at home. At this time of year though, they’re perfect for layering and can look pretty darn good! Mine is one of my current favourite items in my wardrobe. It’s a massively oversized beige number from H&M and its a dream!
For the first look I wanted to put something together that could transition from winter to summer. I’ve layered the cardigan over a simple slogan T shirt, which has to be the easiest way to wear it! Rather than pair this with my old faithful joggers or boyfriend jeans though, I thought I’d go for something a little more dressy! The patent PU skirt is great for a clash of textures, but the pink accessories keep this looking soft and feminine.
Cardigan – H&M // T Shirt – Find @ Amazon // PU Skirt – New Look // Bag – Primark // Nike Cortez Trainers – John Lewis
Next up is one of my favourite looks! As you probably know by now, I LOVE colour. I wanted to show you how to mix colour with neutrals, in this knit-on-knit layering look. I’ve layered the cardigan over one of my favourite striped jumpers for extra warmth. I’ve then picked out a pair of blue denims that match the shade of blue in the print to make sure everything goes together. Finally I’ve mixed neutral and pink accessories, along with trusty Converse for added comfort!
Cardigan – H&M // Jumper – River Island* // Vintage Slim Jeans – H&M // Mulberry Darley – John Lewis // Beanie Hat – ASOS // Converse – Very
Last up for the cardigan is this slightly more dressed up look, perfect for dinner and drinks! I’ve paired the cardigan with a delicate lace camisole, and belted it at the waist. This is a clever trick for a chunky knit like this, to give it more shape and cinch it in. This works perfectly with indigo denim and patent heeled boots for a smart-casual look.
Cardigan – H&M // Lace Cami – H&M // Skinny Jeans – ASOS // Belt – River Island // Patent Boots – ASOS
Ways To Layer The Roll Neck
One of the best items I added to my wardrobe this season has to be the roll neck! Its been a god send when it comes to layering, especially with all of my summer dresses. Its both lightweight and warm, and since its such a light fabric, it works so well under other pieces. I went with a simple grey one as I figured it would go with pretty much everything, but I’d love some colourful versions!
I’ve actually bought Dan a couple of guy’s versions of the roll neck jumper in the past. They’ve worked so well for layering in his wardrobe too (and I may have borrowed them) under blazers and over-shirts! There’s so much men’s clothing online that works well for layering this time of year, from roll necks and sweatshirts to shirts and knitwear. A checked cotton shirt can work so well under a classic knit. Or how about a roll neck jumper under a tailored blazer? There’s so many options for the guys too when it comes to layering and keeping warm in the winter!
The first look is very similar to one I posted on Instagram recently, which you all seemed to love! I’ve layered the roll neck underneath one of my absolute favourite dresses. This also works really well with a plain white tee when its a little warmer! Here I’ve also thrown over a vintage denim jacket and paired the look with white boots. This would be perfect for those days when you want to dress up a little more but still have a casual feel to your outfit.
Roll Neck – H&M // Leopard Print Midi Dress – Topshop // Denim Jacket – Vintage // White Boots – Kurt Geiger
I recently added a couple of sweater dresses to my wardrobe, which I’d typically wear in warmer months. Layering them over a roll neck though suddenly makes them winter appropriate! I’d probably have to wear these with tights and boots right now, but when I’m feeling brave, trainers would work perfectly. This is quite a muted look for me, so I’ve obviously thrown in some bright accessories!
Roll Neck – H&M // Sweater Dress – Femme Luxe* // Floral Bag – Mango // Pink Beanie – ASOS // Yeezy 500 in Salt – Hervia
Another wardrobe staple for me has to be the jumpsuit. This one has been in my wardrobe for years now, but tends to be something I only really wear for work. I’d usually throw it on with some loafers and a blazer, but I’d love to style it more outside of my working hours! Jumpsuits are perfect for layering and are so easy to style – an all-in-one is great for this weather! I’ve kept this look simple but of course added bright trainers and a sparkly bag to take it up a notch.
Roll Neck – H&M // Jumpsuit – Monki // Sparkly Mini Box Bag – River Island* // Yellow Adidas Gazelle Trainers – ASOS
Ways To Layer The Sweatshirt
When thinking of ways to layer in winter, an absolute no brainer for me was the sweatshirt! I own so many of these, and they make up the bulk of my winter wardrobe. They’re great for casual looks but with some clever styling can work SO well for smart. These three looks have to be my favourite from this whole post! My sweatshirt is a new-in number from H&M and I’m so obsessed with it.
For the first look I wanted to show you how a casual piece can be styled up for a smarter look. I’ve layered the sweatshirt here with a slinky midi dress that I’d usually team with heels and a simple jacket. I’ve added a smart box bag and some statement boots, et voila! I think the monochrome works really well with the shade of the dress and the metallic heels, but you could play with so many colour combos!
Sweatshirt – H&M // Slinky Midi Dress – Very // Black Box Bag – Topshop // Metallic Ankle Boots – Public Desire
Back to a more casual way to style the sweatshirt, and probably the one I’d wear the most often. I’ve layered it over the trusty roll neck from earlier (see!? So versatile!) and paired it was classic mid-wash denims. This is pretty much my go-to uniform at the weekends right now, worn with snake print ankle boots and a bright beanie hat.
Sweatshirt – H&M // Roll Neck – H&M // Vintage Slim Jeans – H&M // Orange Beanie – ASOS // Snakeskin Boots – New Look
For the final look, I wanted to pull something together that could be work appropriate. Obviously its not for everyone, but my workplace is pretty relaxed when it comes to workwear! Sweatshirts look great layered over a crisp white shirt, which I’ve done here. This simple trick instantly smartens the whole look up, and adds an extra layer for added warmth! I’ve teamed this with a silky leopard print midi skirt and classic black ankle boots to keep it looking smart but feminine. Adding classic, chic accessories keeps this looking work appropriate, and this whole look would be great to take you from the office to after-work drinks!
Sweatshirt – H&M // Shirt – Topshop // Leopard Print Midi Skirt – River Island // Mulberry Darley – John Lewis // Patent Ankle Boots – ASOS
There you have it! Nine ways to layer in winter months, and add extra warmth to your outfits! I love that I’ve managed to style so many older pieces here, and really get the most from my wardrobe. I’ll definitely be doing more of this now, and be a bit more savvy with what I already own.
Hopefully these looks have inspired you to find some new ways to layer in the winter! It’s been fun figuring out how to work older pieces into outfits. I’ll definitely be sporting some of these looks in the weeks to come, as it’s no doubt getting colder! Let me know if you try any of these looks out, or if you have any more tips for layering!
*This post was written in collaboration with Chums*