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.
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.
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
How to layer
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
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
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 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
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.