Tips For Layering Clothes: How to Layer Like a Pro

With spring on its way, but cold and wet days still very much in abundance, layering clothes could be the answer. For some fantastic transitional style ideas from me, don’t go anywhere…

A lot of people I know seem to have a summer wardrobe and a winter wardrobe; two completely separate collections. But why waste the time and space on switching out your wardrobes twice a year when the art of layering clothes exists!?

I must admit, I’m a bit of a clothes hoarder, and can’t seem to get rid of anything. That said, when you explore the avenues of clothes layering, you’d be surprised what old fashion treasures you can give a new lease of life. The versatility is endless!

The layering clothes aesthetic has come back in after decades, and I’m definitely not mad about it! For some fantastic tricks to layering clothes, as well as some super versatile style ideas for you to try, keep reading…

Pinafore with a Grey Jumper Underneath

A White T-Shirt is Layering Gold

My first tip for layering clothes? Get yourself a couple of white t-shirts. Long-sleeved, short-sleeved… whatever you fancy, but I can assure you that this is the best way to begin your layering journey.

For some great ways to make use of your boring, white t-shirts and your summer dresses during the winter, read on…

Look 1

Top: Primark, Dress: Pretty Little Thing

If you’re wondering how to layer clothes for summer, this is the perfect example of a great outfit that can be recycled for every month! A simple strappy dress, in any colour you choose, and a white t-shirt is all it takes. Whether the dress is plain, floral, or patterned some other way, it really doesn’t matter.

This can be paired with a long-sleeved or short-sleeved white t-shirt, depending on the weather and your mood, alongside a pair of tights for those colder days. Trust me, this is one of the most versatile style choices out there.

Look 2

Top: Primark, Jumpsuit: Newlook

Layering clothes for spring can also be difficult, as you often think of the winter months when you think of layering up. That said, it doesn’t have to be cold to layer, especially if you have the right clothes.

In this outfit, I’m wearing a really airy jumpsuit from Newlook, which doesn’t stifle you on a hot day. Paired with a white, long-sleeved t-shirt, this is the perfect combination for a cooler summer day.

Get Yourself Some Dungarees and a Pinafore

These items of clothing – dungarees and pinafores – are MADE for layering. Remember when you were at primary school, and wearing a pinafore was practically fashion suicide? Well, we’re bringing them back in!

Look 3

Top: PrimarkDungarees: Newlook

Dungarees, in blue, black, or even pastel colours, are a really versatile fashion choice. Whether you’re heading to the shops, dressing down for work, or even decorating your house, like in the movies, dungarees can be your best friend.

This is also where your friendly white t-shirt comes back into play. Paired with any style of dungarees, a plain shirt will do the trick.

Alternatively, you could shake it up a bit by pairing a plain pair of dungarees with a patterned shirt. Whatever your choice, dress-down chic is right around the corner.

Look 4

Top: Zara, Dungarees: Newlook

See – I told you a coloured shirt with dungarees is a shout. This is a great way to make a simple pair pop. Style this with some trainers for a trip to the shop, or some fancier shoes to dress it up, and you’ll have an outfit for almost every occasion.

Look 5

Top: Newlook, Pinafore: Newlook

This is probably one of my favourite outfits of the lot. I’ve really been into wearing pinafores this winter, as they’re a really smart way to stay warm, but also remain girly and put together. If I wear something like this to work, I feel smart and cosy at the same time; a real winner.

A Black Dress is Key

Don’t fancy a white t-shirt, and want to try out something with a little more colour? Well, pairing a patterned high-neck top, with stripes, spots, safari colours, or anything in between, with a black dress has officially become my new winter-wear of choice.

My honest opinion? I can’t get enough of looks like these…

Look 6

Top: Newlook, Dress: Newlook

A black dress like this can be worn alone on a summer day, but we don’t want to hide it away at the back of the wardrobe when the sun fails to show. In my opinion, that’s just a complete waste of a fab piece of clothing!

For me, I love to make the most of my summery black dresses, even during the winter. So, I pair them with something bright and popping, like this top from Newlook, and a pair of tights and knee-high boots if it’s extra cold. This way, you remain warm as well as look put together for a day at work.

Look 7

Top: Newlook, Dress: Newlook

Our final look is simple, yet effective. Similar to the above, we take a plain black bodycon dress, and pair it with a bright-coloured high-neck top, or even just a white t-shirt. The versatility of a plain black dress, in winter and summer, is truly endless.

Layering Clothes Has Never Been Easier

So, there we have it – some of the most versatile, yet unique, clothing options, out there. Layering clothes is just a fantastic way to recycle your wardrobe again and again, and make items look different every time. So, if you hate the thought of your summer clothes wasting away during the colder seasons, then layering is the answer!

What do you think of my top tips for layering clothes? Did you like what I paired together, or do you have anything else to add? I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments below! Thank you for reading, fashion lovers!

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