Spring is notoriously hard to dress for. From mild-but-rainy days to surprise icy spells, it’s challenging to know what to wear – especially when you can face both extremes in one day. The key to conquering the weather? It’s all in the layers. We show you how…
The best base
Layering isn’t just about jumpers; finding the right foundations is equally important. Breathable options, such as pure cotton, are best as they help regulate your temperature. Start with a not-so-simple striped T-shirt, or classic jersey shirt, and you’ll thank yourself once you’re able to wear them alone, come Summer.
Having said that, sweaters and cardigans play a vital part in achieving a layered look. Our current favourites are chunky oversized designs that manage to mix cosy fabrics (think alpaca and cashmere) with effortless everyday style. Team with midi skirts, wide-leg trousers, or light-wash denim, to complete your new-season look.
The best of both
One of the main problems with dressing for Spring is that it’s often too mild for a coat, but not quite warm enough to go without – this is where the coatigan comes in. A coat-cardigan hybrid, this simple piece gives warmth without bulk, so it can easily be worn alone, or slipped under a heavier jacket if the mercury really drops.
Make sure layering doesn’t fall flat by focusing on the little touches. For example, pair a V-neck jumper with a feminine cami, and let a pretty hint of lace finish the silhouette. Alternatively, opt for a knit with a striped hem, add a trench coat and push up the sleeves so the detail peeks through.
An instant refresh
Don’t forget accessories when it comes to layering up. A scarf is your secret weapon, as it can easily be slipped into your bag to provide an on-the-go update. As the days get brighter, swap heavy Winter styles for lighter options, however, look out for wool fabrications, as they’ll be wonderfully warming.