It’s that time of year where it’s getting chillier, but not full on cold – one minute you’re sweating your tits off and the next, you’re shivering away, cursing yourself for choosing such a flimsy outfit at this time of year because the sunshine in the morning looked so inviting.
Today’s post was inspired by my week-long battle to get the balance right and feeling that I finally managed to nail the weather on Sunday – fuck you unpredictable English weather! Each day I stood in front of my wardrobe contemplating what to wear; would I go with the thick cosy jumper, the thin shirt with trousers and flats or boots, tights or no tights?! But Sunday seemed to be the day that I managed to get the combo right and I’m here to share some layering tips with you all today.
Always check the weather
Yes we British people love to discuss the weather, but it’s a good thing to do in the autumn as you never know what’s to come – if there’s going to be rain you don’t want to be caught out without a hooded coat or brolly, but if it’s going to be warm you don’t want want to be roasting away in a thick roll-neck jumper – see? There’s method to the madness and you don’t want to be caught off-guard.
Don’t go too thick (and always wear something underneath thick layers!)
No this isn’t some kind of innuendo for something rude, you should know this isn’t that kind of blog 😉 – When layering at this time of year, it’s important to not wear anything too thick underneath it all as you’ll end up boiling and look like a hot mess. For example, I wore a thick knit jumper without a top underneath thinking I’d be fine, but was left sweating all day because I couldn’t take it off without sharing my bra with the office – layering would have been perfect here.
Try to stick to full covered shoes
I was caught out wearing some ballet flats without socks on the first day at my new job (which is in a barn-converted-office out in the middle of no where, so I’m sure you can imagine how chilly my feet were all day). Always stick to shoes which cover your entire feet, so think of boots, brogues etc. Or make sure you’ve got some form of sock on, keeping those tootsies warm will keep you toasty all day.
Always wear tights with dresses/skirts
This might be a bit of a no-brainier, but I thought it worth mentioning that tights are an essential at this time of year, even if you’re covering up your banging tan from your holiday. I always make sure to go for a higher denier when buying tights (especially in these colder months) and this time of year is the right time to start bringing them into your wardrobe.
Always leave enough layers to take off
Stop being so crude and thinking I’m talking about becoming a stripper! No you thought it first!
Jokes aside, the golden rule for layering is to make sure you have enough on to keep cool, but enough to keep warm. Getting the balance right is a matter of trial and error and it will also take you a couple of tries each year to get back into the swing of it again – I’ve had a couple of weeks getting back to it and feel I’m almost there (I won’t promise I am as I’m sure I’ll be freezing sooner or later).
Let me know if you’ve got any other tips on how to layer in the comments below and whether you’re queen of autumnal layering.