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How To: Layering Clothes

Switching from winter styling to spring/summer wear can be difficult to navigate. It’s tricky to know how to layer clothes best to ensure you’re prepared for any weather the season throws at you.

Luckily, a few clever techniques can keep you looking good come rain or shine.

Whether you’re putting together a casual weekend look, or a smart occasion ensemble, the following wardrobe principles by Farnol can help you to create layered outfits with ease.

1. Choose a neutral colour palette

Create seamlessly layered outfits by keeping your pieces to largely neutral tones. Whites, greys and blacks can be paired together with ease, making getting ready in the morning effortless. Layer navys and beiges for a softer look. Choose one key stand-out piece to put your own stamp on the day’s choice with a pop of colour.


2. Layer clothes from thinnest to thickest

Layering clothes for cold weather in spring can be particularly tricky. When the weather shifts between warm and cold throughout the day, finding the perfect balance of warmth and style can be difficult to achieve.

Couple comfort with style by layering items, and not always in the most conventional sense. Lightest layers feel best close to your skin, adding thicker textures with each layer. By choosing thin, breathable fabrics as your base layer, you allow yourself the chance to keep cool for the rare occasion the british sun makes an appearance. These bases will work best in the transition from winter into spring/summer. A long sleeve cotton t-shirt works well, as it fits close to the body and is soft against your skin.

Finish with a warm jumper over the top, paying close attention to choosing quality fabrics.

3. Choose versatile pieces

Central to any wardrobe is a long sleeve polo shirt and our Everyday polo gives you a selection of colours to experiment with. Layering t-shirts with shirts is a simple way to keep warm, whilst ensuring every item works on its own. The ultimate versatile piece, add a long sleeve shirt over a t-shirt for spring layering.

For an office ready look...

Wear with an everyday blazer, chino pants and classic brogues.

For the weekend…

Layer under an everyday crew neck sweat, teamed with jeans and trainers.

4. Invest in quality knitwear

For a smarter look…

A cashmere jumper is a good choice for a timeless look with a touch of luxury.

Opt for a cashmere sweater over a long-sleeved top for a stylish layered look that’ll keep you warm. Exuding luxury, a classic cashmere jumper is a timeless piece that transcends all trends and will keep you warm and confident year after year.

Cashmere, perfect material for layering - on particularly cold days you can double up on your knitwear, which still fits well underneath a coat or jacket.

Throw over a classic cashmere scarf for triple the warmth.

For a more casual look…

Ideal for lounging around in, a zip-through hood is integral to layering clothes for a casual athleisure look. Wear on its own over a long-sleeved tee, or pair with an everyday all-weather jacket for those chillier days.


5. Choose high quality outerwear

When added to with the right pieces, outerwear can also take you through seasons with ease. Choosing a durable coat or jacket in a simple, svelte design can ensure you finish off your layered look with style.

Want to be smarter...

Place a trench over a cashmere sweater for an understated classic look. A style that comes back year after year, the trench is the ideal option to take you through the transition from winter to spring/summer. Our classic twill trench features a simplistic take on the silhouette.

For a dressed-down ensemble…

For wearable weekend attire, complete your layered outfit with a hooded anorak. It’s perfect to throw on over warm layers, or as a breathable option to wear over a t-shirt to protect you from summer showers.

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