If you’re not a fashion fanatic, you might dread the autumn and winter months.
Why? Well, getting dressed becomes a whole lot more complicated. From religiously checking the weather forecast to making sure that you’re wearing fabrics that are appropriate for battling the elements, there’s more of a thought process involved when it comes to preparing for a chilly day ahead.
However, self-professed stylistas see this as an opportunity to be creative through layering. After all, you can’t go wrong with layering.
Did the forecast get it wrong and it’s now raining instead of sunny (or vice versa)? Not a problem - simply add or subtract a layer to make your outfit suitable again.
If you need some inspiration, read on for AW19 layering options that will help you look cute AND feel cosy for any occasion.
AW19 layering rule 101: invest in neutrals.
Beige might have reigned supreme during Spring/Summer 2019. However, thanks to designers such as Victoria Beckham, Loewe and Jil Sander, we saw an abundance of other tones in the neutral colour palette at the Autumn/Winter 2019 shows. Think black, white, khaki and grey, in addition to brown.
Need to put a fresh and contemporary spin on your work wardrobe? Neutrals are the way to do it. Start with tailored trousers in a beige tone then add a button-up shirt in classic black or white, before completing the look with a jumper in a rich brown shade.
If it’s chilly, you could even add a blazer in a third neutral tone (like khaki) to take layering one step further. The result? A unique ensemble that’s just as fashion-forward as it is functional.
For instance, pair this Theory classic white button-up shirt with these Reiss tailored trousers as you usually would for spring or summer. Then throw on this Creatures of Comfort caramel turtle neck jumper with brogues to channel chic androgyny.
As a last step, add this Daks khaki blazer on a particularly cold day for a lust-worthy look that makes your workmates green with envy.
For Smart Casual
Alongside neutrals, nineties-inspired grunge is making a comeback on the AW19 style scene.
To look pretty in punk for a date night or drinks with the girls, put on a pinafore dress (like the kind you used to wear as a kid) over a chunky knitted jumper with black tights and Doc Marten-style boots that stomp.
Want bonus points? Keep the colour palette dark to amp up the gothic glamour. For instance, this Peruvian Connection roll neck jumper makes a serious impact for a smart casual occasion when teamed with this Raoul pinafore dress.
Even in 2019, grunge fashion has never felt so cool.
For Every Day
Need to run some errands or quickly grab a coffee with a friend? Not to worry - no one ever said that AW19 layering had to be perfectly polished.
Tap into the athleisure trend that has been rife for several seasons and throw on a colourful hoodie (like this Colmar pink version) over a basic jersey top.
Team this cute and comfy combo with casual-looking, ripped jeans, such as these J Brand jeans with frayed hems. Then simply add a warm and woolly grey coat (like this Charli grey textured jacket) and branded trainers for practicality.
Now, that’s what we call an effortlessly stylish ensemble.
Embracing the Cute AND Cosy
Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to create outfits that look fun yet feel warm for the wintry months. You just need to make AW19 layering your new best friend, experiment with different pieces and always remember: there’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to fashion.