New Ways to Layer-Up for Fall

Fall brings around new wardrobe dilemmas, as warm days give way to cooler mornings, but the evenings can still surprise us with balmy temperatures.

What to wear in this changeable season is difficult to predict. Do we go for chunky knits and hope it’s chilly, or should we cling on to summer?

There is a way to take advantage of some of fall’s more luxurious pieces, simply by using layering as a wardrobe technique. But we don’t mean any old layering, such as popping on a cardigan over a sweater. These are the new ways of layering.

Check out this season’s top picks and see which one you might wear:

The Light Cover-Up Coat

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L-R: Phase Eight, Violeta by Mango, Betty Barclay, Mango Swing Coat

The light cover-up coat is perfect for fall’s transitional weather. Pick one with shorter sleeves and a wrap-around style to ensure maximum space in-between you and the coat. This will help you to feel cooler when it warmer, and by wrapping the coat around you you’ll feel warmer when the outside is cold.

Neutral colours or fall colours work well in this style, and wear with slim-fit trouser to keep the look upto date and contemporary.

The Longer Length Gillet

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L-R: Jaeger double layered gillet, Jaeger gillet, Jaeger wool gillet, Warehouse gillet

We’ve all seen the furry versions of the short gillet for many years now, but the new look is the long style gillet. There are many style adaptions of this, with fur included at the bottom, to pinstripe for the office, to chunky woollen knits.

This is a very versatile piece as it works just as well over trousers as it does a dress, and can often be chucked on at the last minute if you think the weather is changeable.

Wear with tailored trousers for a chic look or denim to dress down.

The Tunic Shift Dress

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L-R: Miss Selfridge, True Decadence, Max Studio, Warehouse

The tunic shift dress is probably the most adaptable piece of clothing you’ll ever own. Stick a skinny turtle-neck on underneath it and you have an instant bohemian style. Add a wrap-around cardigan to it and you’ve dressed down for a family gathering. Pop on a blazer of smart jacket and you are ready for a works do.

To mix up this dress a little, choose one with an interesting fabric, such as flannel or wool, and wear with contrasting materials.

The Over-Sized Knit

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L-R: Phase Eight, Betty Barclay, Reiss, Betty Barclay

The over-sized knit epitomises fall. Big, baggy jumpers, worn off the shoulder, in a cable style knit with skinny jeans and brown boots. It’s what fall is all about surely?

The oversized knit doesn’t have to scream casual attire however. Team this piece with cropped tailored trousers and suede mid heels for the perfect office attire. If you are going for a more sophisticated look, make sure you pick expensive fabrics such as cashmere or merino wool and stick to the thinner knits.

If you prefer a dressed down look then artificial materials are fine and go for big and bold knits.

The Cape Coat

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L-R: Windsmoor, Karen Millen, Mango, Gloverall duffell cape

The cape coat is a relatively new invention that incorporates a cape with holes where you can put your arms through. Cape coats come in all kinds of styles and materials. We found cape coats based on duffel coats, ponchos and blankets.

If you want this style to remain boho and casual, keep the fabrics printed and fairly modern.

For old fashioned glamour, ramp up the style with luxe materials such as suede or even leather, and pay attention to the details with additions like gold hard ware or quality piping.

*All images courtesy John Lewis.

** All items available from John Lewis.com

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