Lessons in Layering

Lessons in Layering

Autumn weather is strange!   Today has swung from gusty rain showers that left me shivering, to brilliant sunshine that left me sweating.    The beginning of autumn too often means swinging from hot to cold and everywhere in between.  Which is why we need layering!

In fact, layering not only allows you to navigate the change of seasons.   It also gives you plenty of opportunities to breathe new life into an item.  Layering
allows you to mix and match items, transforming them for different occasions and different season.

This versatility is really important to me.   I’ve recently moved to a capsule wardrobe and try to work on a premise that any seasonal items should be worn at least thirty times.  This doesn’t mean thirty different ways, but it does help if items can be worn in multiple ways.

For a little experiment in layering and versatility, I thought I’d put together a very mini capsule collection from JD Williams who create beautiful, timeless classics that will see you from one autumn to the next without ever feeling that your style has become stale.  

A autumn style guide in layering clothing. How to create a versatile, plus size fashion wardrobe perfect for fall. In collaboration with JD Williams.

The Autumn Capsule

Building a capsule it quite simple.   You take a colour palette, for me this palette is fairly neutral.  I pair neutral colours (navy, camel, black, and white) with a print or a bolder colour – burgundy works well for autumn and there are so many beautiful burgundy items available at JD Williams right now.  

Fit and flare coat
Oasis Curve Skirt
Together Jersey Dress

Once your colour palette has been sorted, pick a few statement items (a pretty dress or statement jacket) and blend those with basics (jeans, t-shirts, ankle boots).  

For my mini capsule from JD Williams, I’ve chosen the following items that I know can work together in multiple ways. 

The Statement Pieces

Floral Shift Dress
Dixie Leopard Camera Bag
Knee-high Boots
Biker Jacket

The Basics 

HIGH NECK RIBBED DETAIL JUMPER
Chunky-knit scarf
Ankle Boots
Sneakers
Short Sleeve Shirt
PREMIUM SHAPE & SCULPT HIGH WAISTED STRAIGHT LEG JEANS REGULAR LENGTH

How to layer

A autumn style guide in layering clothing. How to create a versatile, plus size fashion wardrobe perfect for fall. In collaboration with JD Williams.

What I love most about these items is their versatility.   I have actually worn nothing but these items for over a week – matching mini dresses with chunky knits and straight-leg jeans with basic tees and a tough, biker jacket.   

And the key to this versatility?  Layering.   So here are some tips on how to layer …

1. Play with lengths

A autumn style guide in layering clothing. How to create a versatile, plus size fashion wardrobe perfect for fall. In collaboration with JD Williams.

An oversized jumper allows you to play with proportions.   Layering it over a mini-dress creates long lines with a 70s feel.   Rolling up your jeans to reveal your ankle breaks up block denim and allows for a chunky ankle boot. A cropped biker jacket contrasts against a floral dress, silhouetting a boxy shape.   Wearing different lengths breaks up your silhouette and breathes new life into items worn before. 

2.  Include texture

A autumn style guide in layering clothing. How to create a versatile, plus size fashion wardrobe perfect for fall. In collaboration with JD Williams.

Whether its a ribbed jumper, or a faux-leather biker jacket, adding different texture to layers takes away the bulk and makes a piece a statement. 

3. Play with proportions

A autumn style guide in layering clothing. How to create a versatile, plus size fashion wardrobe perfect for fall. In collaboration with JD Williams.

A chunky, oversized sweater of a straight-cut dress looks great layered with slimmer fitted items.  Skinny jeans or calf-hugging ankle boots balance out a heavier top and a cropped jacket nips in a shapeless waist. 

4.  Mix up your accessories

A autumn style guide in layering clothing. How to create a versatile, plus size fashion wardrobe perfect for fall. In collaboration with JD Williams.

Its amazing how a chunky knit or an across-body bag changes up an outfit.   Shoes are equally important and switching sneaker for a ankle or knee-high boot can completely transform an outfit.  Switching to knee-high boots can so easily transform a jeans and t-shirt combo from casual daywear to a night in a fancy restaurant.   Just don’t forget a flash of lipstick to complete the look. 

 

And the best thing about layering?  You can always strip off if that Indian summer turns up! 

I love playing with new ways to wear the clothes I own.  And you can expect to see these items worn in so many more ways on my Instagram during the coming months so make sure to follow me there too. 

 

This post has been sponsored by JD Williams.   All thought and opinions remain my own.
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16 Comments

  1. October 4, 2018 / 4:22 pm

    I never was one for layering but now I can not get enough, my autumn capsule is ready for this uncertain weather of ours. I love your capsule, love the colours.

  2. October 4, 2018 / 8:45 pm

    I love layering, I think that’s why I like Autumn because I can start layering as get that cosy feeling

  3. October 5, 2018 / 5:27 am

    My favourite thing about layering is about having different colours and things, burgundy is my favourite colour for this time of the year x

  4. October 5, 2018 / 10:35 pm

    I mainly wear black, but love how layering allows me to alter teh feel of an outfit by using different textures. These are some great tips Charli x

  5. October 6, 2018 / 8:28 am

    Your outfits always looks so great together, I love a good jumper, but a little scarf, jeans and leather jacket look great together.

  6. October 6, 2018 / 9:43 am

    You look fab hun. I love layering, the autumn colours and totally agree it is all about versatility x

  7. October 6, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    fab post, I love layering at this time of year. Some points I will take from this, the differing lengths is a great idea

  8. October 6, 2018 / 8:23 pm

    I love all the statement items you have picked, especially the boots- they are so cool!

  9. October 6, 2018 / 8:39 pm

    Looking fab Charli, I need to layer more. It was so cold today that I wore a big coat but was then boiling in the shops! Mich x

  10. October 7, 2018 / 11:32 am

    I am obsessed with layering! Autumn/Winter is 100% my favourite time of year for fashion! Some fab tips in this post! x

  11. October 7, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    I think layering and Autumn go hand-in-hand beautifully together!

  12. October 8, 2018 / 9:03 am

    I love that sweater with the shaped hem – that’s definitely my kind of autumn clothing!

  13. October 8, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    Okay, so if you would just like to come and be my personal stylist, that would just be fab. I’ve been thinking about revamping my wardrobe and how to do it, I don’t have a lot of spare cash to spend on clothes constantly so it might be a great option for me … I just need to get it right! Love the oversized jumper over the dress, it looks absolutely gorgeous.

  14. October 9, 2018 / 9:03 am

    I love how you’ve layered up in your pics <3 At the moment it's not cold enough for me to wear layers, but when the temperature drops I'll be sure to take some of your advice 🙂

    Louise x

  15. October 9, 2018 / 10:17 am

    I love your selection of basics – especially the boots. Layering is ideal for me as I’m always too hot or too cold these days.

  16. Fatima
    October 9, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    The weather can definitely become strange and unpredictable at times. I always check the weather prediction before leaving the house & I agree, layering is a brilliant idea!

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