How to Master the Layering Trend

How to Master the Layering Trend

Fashion is an ever-evolving wheel of fortune, with trends going out as quickly as they came in. Whilst some fads are fleeting, others are more long-lasting and can be manipulated to suit all styles. Layering is one of those trends.

This effortlessly chic style staple has been used for decades to upgrade outfits. Men and women with all manner of style preferences have been using layering for years. Although it’s a classic solution to clothing conundrums, it can be a hard thing to master if you’re new to it. The last thing you want is to be layering items that don’t look good together.

Avoid a faux pas by reading our layering tips below.

1. Types of clothes

The first step to layering is to choose garments that go well together. Fashion is an ever-changing landscape and there are no right or wrong answers, but some things are more niche than others and won’t catch on to the masses, towing the line between cutting edge and plain odd. Unless you’re trying to stand out and make waves, it’s best you stick to tried and tested layering combinations.

Good layering combinations include:

  • Jumpers and shirts
  • Slip dresses and t-shirts
  • Vest jumpers and t-shirts
  • Pinafores and blouses

These combinations are always winners and never fail to look good, so if you’re looking to dabble in layering, these are good options to start with.

2. Material types

Once you’ve settled on a combination you’re going to try, it’s important to think about materials. Layering can quickly turn bulky and give you bulges and bumps in the most unflattering of places. No one wants to add an extra five inches to their waistline through clothes, so it’s vital that you pay due attention to the materials you choose. Avoid two thick items, especially if you aren’t wearing something that is oversized on the top layer.

For example, avoid wearing a thick sweatshirt with an equally as thick flannel shirt underneath. Not only will you be incredibly warm, but you will likely feel restricted and without a full range of movement. Instead, choose a thin cotton shirt and a sweatshirt. You will have plenty of room to breathe, and you won’t look frumpy, either.

3. Colours

The great thing about layering is that it gives you so much opportunity to experiment with colours. You don’t have to stick to neutrals (although these always look good so it’s well worth buying some neutral layering pieces). You can be more daring with combinations, but think about how you’re going to pair them. Typically, the darker colour looks best as the more dominant piece (the top layer) because it will pull the more outlandish colour back. For example, a navy pinafore with a mustard blouse would look better than a mustard blouse with a navy pinafore.

You’ll want to avoid clashing colours and prints because they could strain the eye. This means steering clear of pairing neon pink and neon green together, and staying away from pairing zebra print and polka dots.

If in doubt, scrub up on your colour theory knowledge.

4. Accessories

Clothes aren’t the only thing you can layer. If you’re looking to spruce up a basic outfit, jewellery is your best friend. Stacking rings has recently taken the fashion world by storm, and for good reason. Accessories can make or break your outfit, and there’s no better way to make your outfit look more thought out than it is than by drawing attention to things like the hands. Bracelets and watched look great stacked, too. Just make sure you’re mixing the same metals.

Both men and women can get in on the jewellery stacking trend, with various men’s layered necklaces in silver and gold easily available. If you don’t trust your own eye, opt for a pre-determined stacking set.


Layering works for everyone, so if you’ve not already jumped in on the trend, this is your sign to do so. Do you have a classic layering outfit that you always turn to?

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